USC Morning Buzz: Adoree Jackson And The No. 21

Adoree Jackson’s dropped some hints on twitter this week that he might switch from No. 2 to No. 21. One reason was because Jackson wore No. 21 during some photo shoots on campus. So I asked a USC coach about that part and here’s what he said: Jackson’s No. 2 jersey was sent to the Pac-12 for its media day activities last week and had not been returned yet. So when USC did its photo/video shoots, Jackson wore 21, which can be photoshopped to No. 2 later.

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Tom Kelly Funeral Mass Information

KELLY.MCKAYA funeral Mass for legendary USC broadcaster Tom Kelly will be held on Aug. 12 at 1:30 p.m. at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles (555 W. Temple St.). A reception will follow immediately afterward at the adjacent Center at Cathedral Plaza.

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Nick Saban v. Pete Carroll

Clay Helton complimented Alabama coach Nick Saban by saying he was  “maybe the best in our generation”

That’s a no-brainer. Except, of course, in USC circles. So what do you think? Who would you take? Would Carroll have been more successful if he remained at USC? I think if Lane Kiffin were asked, he would compliment Saban more. But that’s because he and Carroll had a falling out a few years ago.

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USC Morning Buzz: Recruit Jordan Schakel Picks San Diego State

SCHAKELJordan Schakel, a 6-foot-5 guard/forward from Bishop Montgomery, committed to San Diego State on Wednesday night. His other choices were USC, Cal and Stanford. Normally, a recruit picking another school is not that newsworthy. Except . . .  both of Schakel’s parents went to USC. Except . . . his mother is former USC All-American volleyball player Stefanie Bodison. Except . . . she is also a doctor at USC. Except . . . Schakel said he wanted to go to USC before this summer. Except . . . any time a star athlete from the South Bay doesn’t go to USC it is a surprise. This was a tailor-made recruit for Andy Enfield, who also lives in the South Bay. USC assistant coach Tony Bland, who came from San Diego State, cannot be too happy about this. C’mon Enfield!

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Rick Neuheisel Thinks UCLA Should Move To The Big 12

Former UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel, who has radio show on SiriusXM, thinks UCLA could bolt for the Big 12 Conference.

“I wouldn’t be surprised to see UCLA say, `You know what? This deal with this USC thing? We’re gonna go and be our own guy, rather than always tied to the school here in Los Angeles.’ It wouldn’t shock me at all. I don’t have any inside information. I’m just saying from outside looking in. UCLA just left Adidas for cash. They went to Under Armour. Right? If there were a reason to do it.”

Yes, it is crazy. But it also reinforces the idea that from a UCLA perspective that “this USC thing” overrides almost everything.

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USC v. UCLA

USC and UCLA have one thing in common: Offensive coordinators who never called plays before. Who do you trust more? Tee Martin (USC) or Kennedy Polamalu (UCLA)? Each one dealt with the sometimes frustrating style of Lane Kiffin. Polamalu did not call plays as USC offensive coordinator (2010-12) and got into an altercation with Kiffin in El Paso and was fired about five weeks later. As for Martin, Kiffin repeatedly said the former Tennessee QB would signal in the plays for the 2013 season. But when the season started, freshman QB Max Browne signalled in the plays.

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On This Day


Neil Armstrong, a USC graduate, became the first man to set foot on the moon 47 years ago today. Here is a video I made of his statue on the USC campus with Reid Silverman.

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Adoree Jackson And The Heisman

ADOREE.CAL.TDOne year ago, Adoree Jackson said he wanted to win the Heisman Trophy. But Jackson’s sophomore season was probably worse than his freshman year, so I asked him if he still thinks he can win a Heisman Trophy.

“It’s still one of my goals,” he said.

And how did he feel he performed last season? “I felt like I stayed the same. It wasn’t like I was terrible or trash.”

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