Athlon’s has four full teams of All-Americans (it’s June and they must have a lot of time) and USC is well represented. Center Max Tuerk is on the first team. Adoree Jackson is second all-purpose and kick returner. JuJu Smith is a second-team wide receiver. Cody Kessler (quarterback) and Su’a Cravens (linebacker) made the third team. Full teams here
We finally have a statement, albeit from Sean Combs’ company, Combs Enterprises, to the Associated Press:
“The various accounts of the event and charges that are being reported are wholly inaccurate,” said Nathalie Moar, a spokesperson for Combs Enterprises. “What we can say now is that any actions taken by Mr. Combs were solely defensive in nature to protect himself and his son.”
P. Diddy aka Sean Combs was released from jail last night but this story looks too captivating to go away soon. For one thing, it should do wonders for immediate kettlebell sales. How long until someone is able to get ahold of the security footage that supposedly captured the incident? And don’t forget Diddy recently got into an altercation with Drake (who could forget?). How long will Diddy be able to go without making a statement?
There’s likely to be some examination over whether stars get too much access to coaches/facilities when they have a son on a team.
For the record, I think I only saw Master P once at USC when Romeo Miller was on the basketball team. By contrast, O.J. Mayo’s handler, Rodney Guillory, did whatever he wanted around the Galen Center and basketball offices. And if you think UCLA’s identification with kettlebells is ridiculous, don’t forget about USC’s association with barbershops.
TMZ breaks the news that P. Diddy was arrested at UCLA this afternoon after getting into a fight with a “UCLA assistant coach” over the way his son, defensive back Justin Combs, was treated during a conditioning session. According to TMZ, P. Diddy grabbed the coach in his office and was arrested for assault by campus police. Too bad Snoop Dogg wasn’t there too.
UPDATED: Diddy’s been arrested for assault with a deadly weapon, which was a kettle bell. Looks like for once, USC is not the epicenter of drama.
UPDATED II: UCLA coach Jim Mora released a statement: “I’m thankful that our staff showed the level of professionalism that they did in handling this situation. This is an unfortunate incident for all parties involved. While UCPD continues to review this matter, we will let the legal process run its course and refrain from further comment at this time.”
UPDATED III: TMZ identified the “UCLA assistant coach” as strength and conditioning coordinator Sal Alosi. This is why I put quotation marks in the above posts when referring to a “UCLA assistant coach.” I never thought it was an actual football coach. They don’t usually go to conditioning workouts, let alone yell at players.
UPDATED IV: TMZ also reports the entire altercation is on video.
UPDATED V: Diddy has been transferred from UCLA to the Twin Towers jail in Los Angeles and held on $160,000 bail.
UPDATED VI: UCPD has updated the charges to three counts of assault with a deadly weapon, one count of making terrorist threats and one count of battery. Combs has been booked into the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Inmate Reception Center. A terrorist threat means he made a threat with intent.
These are the doldrums before the football season starts and often causes things to be discussed that have little bearing on the actual season. Sophomore Ajene Harris’ hip surgeries and a part-time move to wide receiver for quarterback Jalen Greene are a good example.
Let’s look at USC’s receiving corps: JuJu Smith, Darreus Rogers, Steven Mitchell, Isaac Whitney, De’Quan Hampton . . . and someone you may have heard of named Adoree Jackson.
Last year, Nelson Agholor and Smith caught 158 passes. The rest of the wide receivers caught 70. That’s 69 percent for Agholor and Smith. Harris caught four passes. Jackson caught 10 and will no doubt get more this season. Mitchell is poised for a much bigger season.
So what were we talking about again? Oh, yeah, the wide receiving corps is going to be fine. But people need something to talk about in June. Now if you want to discuss the absence of Bryce Dixon, that’s another story.
A Los Angeles city panel approved this design for the planned $350 million makeover of the Los Angeles Convention Center. Now that a downtown football stadium is dead, the city is focused on the convention center. More views here
Who’s up? Who’s down? Time for the winners and losers of the week: