USC point guard Jordan McLaughlin is going to need surgery on at least one and probably both shoulders, Coach Andy Enfield said tonight. McLaughlin will require about six months to recover once he has surgery. McLaughlin underwent surgery after his senior year at Etiwanda for a torn labrum. Enfield said his shoulders keep popping out of his shoulders.
“Most likely he will have surgery on both shoulders,” Enfield said.
The question now is whether USC needs to scramble to sign another point guard. I’ve heard USC has been actively recruiting senior guards so maybe the answer is yes.
The Trojans were down 19 points (55-36) then cut the lead to three (66-63) but did not take great shots at the end. The crowd? Only 2,735 showed up. Malik Marquetti, Julian Jacobs and Katin Reinhardt each scored 16 points. Andy Enfield drops to 4-30 in Pac-12 games.
USC announced former coach Pete Carroll will receive an honorary degree at this May’s commencement ceremony.May 15. I suggest school president Max Nikias hand off the degree instead of passing it to Pete.
The deadline for USC season-ticket renewals is Saturday. And we now know that cupcake opponents are guaranteed but a quality nonconference opponent is not for the season-ticket holder.
Today’s announcement of future home games with Western Michigan, Utah State and UNLV highlights the issue. The Alabama game in 2016 is a neutral-site game. That leaves Notre Dame, where you likely get your seat moved and then a team like Texas in 2017, which may or may not be a good team. So you are assured a lousy team and then you need to hope either Notre Dame or Texas/BYU are having a good season when they come to the Coliseum.
USC announced this morning future games against Utah State in 2016, Western Michigan in 2017 and UNLV in 2019. This is part of a strategy to guarantee seven home games every year.
But at the same time it places more focus on the fact USC’s not quite playing as glamourous a schedule as in the past. Other than the neutral-field game against Alabama in 2016, the big nonconference opponents are Texas (2017-18) and BYU (2019-21-23).
I don’t know if I could imagine seeing 85 USC players wearing this at the same time. And I might be able to handle this design if the colors were reversed. But it’s part of a company called Deeyung Entertainment’s alternate helmet designs. You can check out every other teams helmets here.
The Trojans defeated Fresno State, 3-2, in 10 innings. Jeff Paschke and Marc Huberman pitched 3.1 innings of scoreless relief while starer Brooks Kriske struck out 10 in five innings. Catcher Garrett Stubbs went 2 for 3 and scored a run. Box score after the jump: