Oregon WR Darren Carrington, who was dismissed from the team last week after driving a car into a pole at a McDonald’s drive-through, has visited Utah. Carrington graduated in the spring so he can transfer to any school without sitting out.
With his baggage, the All-Pac-12 receiver probably does not seem an attractive candidate for USC. But he’s good enough to play for the Trojans, who have plenty of young receivers that have not proved themselves yet. And one way or another, he might end up at a Pac-12 school.
I’ve mentioned USC forward Cliff Robinson a few times this summer. And it’s remarkable he is not in the school’s Hall of Fame. But here’s legendary USC announcer Tom Kelly on Robinson in 1978: “Cliff Robinson, the most talented player I’ve seen recruited at the school in 17 years . . . Robinson, who led the conference in scoring, set a school season rebounding mark, and all before his 18th birthday, can be as great as he wants to be.”
Robinson averaged 18.4 points in 1977-78. He had 35 points and a school-record 28 rebounds vs. Portland State. And he did not turn 18 until after the season. The next season he averaged 18.8 points. If you dismiss 35 points against Portland State because of the opponent, Robinson had 35 against UCLA . . . twice. And he scored 34 against Kansas.
Two more watch lists today: Sam Darnold makes the watch list for the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award. And Clay Helton makes the watch list for the Dodd Trophy. Yes, even coaches have a watch list.
Also a clarification on the Biletnikoff Award. It goes to the nation’s top receiver, not just a wide receiver. So anyone that catches a pass can win the award. O’Brien and Dodd watch lists after the jump:
When O.J. Simpson has his parole hearing Thursday, it will be just like a reunion of his court hearing 22 years ago. Prosecutor Christopher Darden, who refused to be interviewed for ESPN’s Oscar-winning Simpson documentary last year, will contribute to NBC News’ parole hearing coverage. Meanwhile, former LAPD detective Mark Fuhrman will contribute to Fox News’ coverage.
Adoree Jackson, Zach Banner and Chad Wheeler got their All-American plaques outside the McKay Center for being named All-Americans last season. And if you are a player from the 1960’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s or even 10 years ago, you might feel shortchanged by the standard used by USC to determine an All-American.
Banner was named a member of the College Sports Madness All-American team. What is that? I have no idea. Banner should be proud he got honored but maybe USC needs to show some discretion. Wheeler was named an All-American by Campus Insiders. Good for him too. But should their plaques be the same size as Jackson, who was a consensus All-American?
How many USC players of the John McKay and Pete Carroll eras would be All-Americans if the College Sports Madness team existed back then? It’s madness all right.
Since prep phenom Marvin Bagley is considering USC and Duke, here’s a photo from the Trojans playing the Blue Devils in 1978 at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Duke had just played in the NCAA championship game nine months earlier. And the Trojans played Duke that season too! If only that happened these days. Duke won the above game, 79-65.
UPDATED: No. 30 for USC is Darryl Smith. I’m not sure who No. 20 is. And No. 20 for Duke is star forward Gene Banks. The tall USC player next to Banks is forward Doug Widfeldt, who died in 2015. He was the Trojans’ most inspirtational player in 1979.
UPDATED No. II: USC forward Maurice Williams is No. 20.
USC WR Deontay Burnett was a star of the Rose Bowl but it wasn’t enough to make the watch list for the Biletnikoff Award, which goes to the nation’s top receiver. Of course, neither did Marqise Lee the year he won the award.
Maybe the Biletnikoff people think it takes more than one game to make the watch list? On the other hand, USC center Nico Falah made the watch list for the Wuerffel Trophy, which is a community service award.