USC will be ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 poll, which will be released tomorrow. I am a voter in the poll again. Here’s an interesting fact: The last time an AP preseason No. 1 team finished No. 1 was USC in 2004.
I wonder what Lynn Swann would have said in the above picture if someone told him he would be USC athletic director in 2016.
Clay Helton is expected to name Max Browne the starting quarterback today. Here’s my analysis on the drama:
“By the afternoon, (Helton) is expected to name Browne the starting quarterback. It is the politically expedient decision. Browne is a fourth-year junior and could transfer to another school Monday if he is not named the starter.
“That is the dilemma of the USC quarterback position. There is nothing wrong with Max Browne. Except that Sam Darnold is special.”
With Canada winning a bronze medal in the 4×100 relay, it meant two medals for former USC sprinters Andre De Grasse and Aaron Brown. Allyson Felix won another relay gold (what else does she win?), which means the track program has won 8 medals.
If Felix wins a medal as expected in the 4×400 relay, it would mean record 9 Olympic medals for the USC track program. That’s an accomplishment when you consider track’s storied history. USC track won five gold medals alone at the 1948 Olympics. You can debate the merit of Felix’s medals since she never actually competed. I’ve already weighed in on that before.
USC coach Clay Helton said today he will name a starting QB tomorrow. That is a day earlier than anticipated. The consensus among the media is Helton will take the safe route and name Max Browne the starter.
During today’s final scrimmage, Browne completed 14 of 22 passes with 2 TDs. Darnold was 10 of 18 with 1 TD. For the entire training camp, Browne threw six interceptions to Darnold’s one.
Why is the Salute to Troy tonight instead of Saturday night, which is more convenient for USC fans? Because the Rams have a game tomorrow and many of the 70,000 season-ticket holders have parking passes at USC. That trumps the Salute to Troy.
With training camp over, here are some key questions facing USC with two weeks before the Alabama game. Excerpt:
“Which coaches are in the pressbox?
Offensive coordinator Tee Martin and quarterbacks coach Tyson Helton are both expected to be in the pressbox. This is interesting because usually just one of those two would be in the pressbox. Martin is also the wide receivers coach so someone else will need to deal with them on the sideline.
The defensive coach in the pressbox is expected to be defensive line coach Kenechi Udeze. Defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast is expected to be on the sideline.”