Point Guard Jordan McLaughlin Sidelined At Least Six Months

JORDAN.MCLAUGHLIN.PORTLANDUSC 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.

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Washington State 70, USC 66

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.

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A Concern For USC Fans

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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.

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USC Schedules More Cupcakes

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).

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Morning Buzz: Can Andy Enfield Turn USC Around Next Season?

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With USC headed toward a second straight last-place finish in the Pac-12, the question now is how much better the Trojans can be next season?

“How can you be below Washington State (in the standings) when you’re in Los Angeles?” said a former Pac-12 coach, who asked not to be identified. “They are not even relevant. They have no identity.”

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