USC v. Louisville

Former USC secondary coach Keith Heywar was hired by Louisville a few weeks ago. Today, Louisville offered scholarships to USC Class of 2017 commits Thomas Graham and Stephen Carr. That’s one way to recruit Southern California. Hire a USC assistant.

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USC v. UCLA

How much has Jim Mora’s star risen because of USC’s failure? As I mentioned last week, UCLA recruiting classes have equaled zero Pac-12 titles. But Mora was 3-0 against USC entering this season, which I suspect explains a large part of his popularity. But the real reason for the dominance was Brett Hundley. He might not have been a pure passer but Hundley’s foot speed gave USC fits. Just ask USC defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast, who could not stop him in 2013.

Josh Rosen might be a better pro prospect but Hundley was a force on the college level and that is also what sets Sam Darnold apart.

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The Athletic Director Chronicles

It is odd to me how many USC fans/employees never give Mike Garrett and Pat Haden a similar review. They always take one over the other. I will say this: Garrett certainly provided the better stories. When the basketball job opened in 1996, Purdue’s winningest coach Gene Keady called to express interest. Garrett’s response? “Who’s he?”

And then when Rick Majerus suddenly resigned after a few days at USC in 2005, Garrett informed his superiors he was going to hire, “Jim Floyd,” instead of Tim Floyd. Here are some other classic name gaffes from Mike McGee, Bernard Parks and Lane Kiffin.

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USC Morning Buzz: Who Replaces Pat Haden? Part II

A former USC coach recommended to me the next athletic director should be Chris Del Conte of TCU, He has an impressive bio and I remember Pat Haden visiting in 2014 to check out their facilities. Perhaps more important for those of you with provincial concerns, Del Conte worked at Arizona, Washington State and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. He also attended UC Santa Barbara. On the negative side, he never won a Heisman Trophy or Rose Bowl.

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Super Bore Chat

BEYONCE.SUPERThis game might be the only thing that makes me miss Signing Day. But luckily I’ve missed most of it. I wonder if Tim Floyd, a good friend of Manning and his father (Archie), is at the game. In 2007, USC played at Oregon and while the team returned to Los Angeles, Floyd flew to Miami for Super Bowl XLI. He flew back to L.A. on Monday and few knew the difference.

Meanwhile, about Signing Day . . .

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USC Sign Of The Times?

Every Signing Day, USC makes a lot of money with a big recruiting dinner for boosters at the Galen Center. The event usually takes place in the arena. But I heard this year it took place inside the Founders Room at the arena, which is used for private functions or as a bar for basketball games. Less interest this year?

UPDATED: A USC spokesperson says the event has been in the Founders Room for several years.

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