USC basketball coach Andy Enfield recently sold his house in Fort Myers, Fla., at a loss of $127,500, according to TMZ.com. The house sold last month for $597,000. Don’t feel bad for Enfield. He is building a new house in Manhattan Beach that probably won’t rival Lane Kiffin’s gaudy mansion but will be worth more than $725,000.
Here’s a comparison for today: Which athletic director would you hire if you were the president at USC or UCLA? Dan Guerrero’s gone through several football coaches before finding Jim Mora. Pat Haden’s cross to bear is Lane Kiffin.
Then there is basketball and the other sports . . . like baseball. So who would you pick?
USC’s No. 1 women’s tennis player, Sabrina Santamaria, tore her ACL and will be lost for the season. She won the NCAA doubles title last season with partner Kaitlyn Christian and was the Trojans’ No. 1 singles’ player this season.
USC coach Steve Sarkisian said he does not see depth as a major issue despite constant concerns following NCAA sanctions: “Ultimately, as we move to the fall and get all of our injured players back, we’ll see a team that has better depth than people believe.”
Here’s the jersey numbers for the new USC players: Jordan Austin 56, Jalen Greene 10, Toa Lobendahn 55, Claude Pelon 90, Don Hill 59 and Delvon Simmons 52.
And at least two players switched their numbers: Steven Mitchell 7 and Quinton Powell 18.
USC’s newly released spring roster contains a startling situation regarding the vaunted No. 55. It is listed as being worn by freshman center Toa Lobendahn. This number carries the most tradition at USC and goes to a linebacker. Junior Seau (above), Chris Claiborne and Willie McGinest are among those who wore the number.
Linebacker Lamar Dawson will also wear No. 55 this season but now it is a shared number. Past USC coaches sometimes spoke to members of the No. 55 club to see if they were comfortable with a recruit receiving it.
And now it is just another shared number on the roster. Like Nos. 6, 10, 22, 29 and 56.
Malik Marquetti, a 6-6 guard from Long Beach Millikan, scored 17 points tonight as the Rams lost to Mission Viejo, 76-59, in a Southern Section Division I-AA semifinal game.
But check out what Millikan coach Chris Francis told the Long Beach Press-Telegram after the game about Marquetti’s performance.
“The difference in the game was Malik Marquetti; he didn’t show up,” Francis said. “Their best players showed up, ours didn’t. That’s the difference in the game.”
Never underestimate Mike Gillespie and UC Irvine comes back to defeat the Trojans.
Freshman Jeremy Martinez hit a 2-run homer, his first as a college player, to give the Trojans an early lead going into the fourth inning.