USC could finally name a women’s basketball coach today. Only 49 days after it fired Cynthia Cooper. If I had to guess, I’d say USC assistant coach Beth Burns is the frontrunner. She was the winningest basketball coach in San Diego State history and won 27 games in 2012-13. And she recruited McDonald’s All-American Destiny Littleton (44.2 points per game), who was released from his letter of intent with USC and just visited Texas.
Another possibility being floated is the return of former USC coach Mark Trakh, who was fired back in 2009. Trakh is currently at New Mexico State.
That would mean USC took seven weeks to decide it wanted to recycle a hire made in 2004. And then unceremoniously ran him out to hire Michael Cooper, who was a disaster.
At this point, the players probably don’t care who gets hired as long as they can say they have a coach.
Guard Charles O’Bannon Jr., of Bishop Gorman in Las Vegas signed his letter of intent with USC. He averaged 21.4 points, 8.1 rebounds and 4.0 assists his senior year.
“Chuck is an excellent all-around basketball player who is a great fit for our system” USC coach Andy Enfield said. “We are excited to add his offensive explosiveness and his size and length at the guard position. Chuck has a great passion for the game of basketball and Trojan fans will enjoy watching him play.”
USC signed 6-7 forward Jordan Usher (Wheeler HS, Marietta, Ga.) and 6-11 forward Victor Uyaelunmo (Calvary Christian Academy, Miami, Fla.) in November.
For a lot of USC fans who witnessed Trojan football in the 1950’s, there was not a finer player than halfback Jon Arnett. An All-American, Arnett was a two-time winner of the Voit Award, which went to the best player on the Pacific Coast. He was the No. 2 pick in the 1957 NFL draft and selected by the Los Angeles Rams, where he was a five-time Pro Bowl. He also is in the College Football Hall of Fame. And today, Arnett celebrates his 82nd birthday.
Lydia Murphy-Stephans, the president of Pac-12 Networks, will step down from her post in June and plans to launch a media advisory, according to the conference. She will remain a consultant to the Pac-12 Networks.
Murphy-Stephans made $1.25 million in 2014 according to federal tax returns. Fill in your own DirecTV joke now.
Tonight is USC Night at Dodger Stadium. Will Clay Helton appear? Andy Enfield? Lynn Swann? The Dodgers have a special ticket package for tonight that included a special USC Dodgers cap. The package sold out. However, tickets are still avaliable for UCLA night later this month. Of course.
Steve Sarkisian’s year in the wilderness didn’t really last a year. And according to the Tuscaloosa News, Sarkisian was scheduled to make $1 million this season at Alabama. I’m not sure the Atlanta Falcons are paying him that. But a little less is worth it to avoid getting yelled at by Nick Saban.