If you are a season-ticket holder contacted by USC this week about your seats for the Coliseum renovation, one question I would ask: Are the seats next to the new “tower” being built going to have an obstructed view of the field?
In the monster podcast below, I said I thought Adoree Jackson is a safe late-first round pick. He might not be a star cornerback. But he should be solid. He can play special teams. Maybe some offense. Won’t have off-field issues. Will be a team player.
When you think of all the first-round busts every year, at least you know what you get with Jackson. That’s not a bad thing.
Destiny Littleton, the nation’s leading scorer who originally signed a letter of intent with USC, decided she will go to Texas after the 50-day coaching search. So USC loses her and guard Minyon Moore, the second-leading scorer last season. OK, back to football.
— Texas WBB (@TexasWBB) April 26, 2017
Here’s another quote from Lynn Swann on the Coliseum renovation: “We know in many cases, you have had season tickets in the same location for years, have become close friends to those sitting near you, and do not want anything to change. But unfortunately, the change will come.”
Change can be good. But in college athletics, it usually involves opening your wallet. It’s funny how USC can undertake a $270 million Coliseum renovation but hold firm at not spending another $50,000 on a women’s basketball coach.
Here are the odds on which of the 22 green room attendees will make the most outrageous fashion statement:
Leonard Fournette, LSU: 4/1
Jamal Adams, LSU: 5/1
Deshaun Watson, Clemson: 6/1
Adoree Jackson, USC: 8/1
Kevin King, Washington: 9/1
Gareon Conley, OSU: 11/1
Malik McDowell, Michigan State: 11/1
John Ross, Washington: 19/1
Cam Robinson, Alabama: 20/1
As I’ve said, the rehiring of Mark Trakh as women’s basketball coach just looks terrible from an optics standpoint.
But the truth is USC’s consistently shown a lack of ambition when it comes to hiring. Let’s look at some recent coaching hires: The men’s volleyball coach (Jeff Nygaard) was a USC assistant coach. The baseball coach (Dan Hubbs) was a USC assistant coach. The football coach (Clay Helton) was a USC assistant coach. The two previous football coaches (Lane Kiffin, Steve Sarkisian) were former USC assistant coaches.
Sometimes it works out. Sometimes it doesn’t. But either way it’s not exactly an innovative way of finding coaches.
USC wants to be clear that the “Coliseum restoration gift” will be different than traditional personal-seat licenses that pro teams charge season-ticket holders in terms of tax purposes, etc. And it is a one-time gift, not a yearly charge.
Now, also consider this: When 33 percent of the seats require an extra fee, it is 33 percent of 77,500, not 92,000. The Coliseum is going to lose almost 15,000 seats. So there will be about 52,000 seats available without a fee instead of 62,000.