Adoree Jackson Update

Adoree Jackson finished third today in the long jump at the NCAA West Regionals in Lawrence, Kan., with a best mark of 24-9.75. It’s not a great mark but the weather was poor with rain and wind.

More important, it means Jackson now has the NCAA championships starting June 8 to try and qualify for the U.S. Olympic Trials. A mark of 26-5 is required and Jackson has not broken 26-feet yet.

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Open Forum

With a long weekend, it’s time to take some weekend questions about football, basketball or anything else. One per person please.

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Another Kiffin In The News

Chris Kiffin, the younger brother of Lane Kiffin, or the “nice Kiffin” when they were at USC together, was named in the NCAA’s notice of allegations against Ole Miss, where Chris Kiffin is the defensive line coach. Ole Miss announced a recruiting suspension for Kiffin, who had multiple recruiting inducements and illegal contact violations.

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USC Morning Buzz: Recruiting Goes Down Under For Linemen

TWIN.TOWERSUSC is recruiting two offensive linemen from Melbourne, Australia, including one who is 6-foot-10. The Trojans are looking at 16-year-old Daniel ‘Baby Shaq’ Faalele, who is 6-10 and 17-year-old Eneasi Kavapalu (6-7).

But USC is hardly alone as Penn State and Michigan are among the schools also recruiting the pair. And Michigan might be the leader when you consider the Wolverines will have a satellite camp in Melbourne on June 3.

If you want to see something crazy, look at Michigan’s satellite camp tour dates. If USC only had not lost player personnel director Austin Thomas . . .

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It Could Be Worse For Basketball

DEROZANRemember in 2009 when USC had four players leave school that still had eligibility: Taj Gibson, Daniel Hackett, DeMar DeRozan and Marcus Johnson. That team could have been a Final Four participant in some observers’ eyes, especially when you add five recruits that never showed up: Derrick Williams, Renardo Sidney, Noel Johnson, Solomon Hill and Lamont Jones.

But that was different because athletic director Mike Garrett pretty much nuked the basketball program by releasing recruits from their letter-of-intents and treating Coach Tim Floyd abysmally.

One of my favorite stories is when Garrett called Floyd during his daughter’s wedding and demanded Floyd, “get your ass back to Los Angeles, so I can decide what I’m going to do with you.” Floyd told Garrett what he could do with that request.

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John Wayne Turns 100 . . . 109

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Today is John Wayne’s 100th birthday. I like this picture, where he received an honorary degree from USC at the 1968 graduation ceremony. The commencement address was delivered by Rev. Theodore Hesburgh (left), who served for 35 years as president at the University of Notre Dame.

UPDATED: In my haste, I read the date wrong. Today is Wayne’s 109th birthday.

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Does Basketball Have A Plan B?

BENTILA player on the USC basketball team said this regarding Nikola Jovanovic’s decision to turn pro: “Don’t you think (the coaches) expected it?”

Yes. But then they probably also expected Julian Jacobs and some of the players who transferred to leave too. But what is surprising is there has not been much chatter about players who graduated from schools and have a year left of eligibility thinking about transferring to USC.

Is the current roster good enough that no help is required. The frontcourt is definitely thinner now. But I’m more surprised USC has not pursued a point guard stronger. Jordan McLaughlin is more of a scoring point guard and truthfully, plays better as a shooting guard. But so far there hasn’t been much about recruiting any point guards who could play next season. Cal got a commitment from a top 100 player last week (Charlie Moore) who is a point guard. So don’t say there wasn’t anyone available.

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USC Morning Buzz: Now You See It, Now You Don’t

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This year’s cover of the USC yearbook, El Rodeo, comes with a unique cover. It normally is solid black (above). But when you place the book in the sunlight or apply heat, the cover changes to Tommy Trojan. When it cools down, it reverts to the original cover. It transforms faster than the USC basketball roster since the NCAA Tournament loss to Providence!

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