USC Schedules More Cupcakes

USC announced this morning future games against Utah State in 2016, Western Michigan in 2017 and UNLV in 2019. This is part of a strategy to guarantee seven home games every year.

But at the same time it places more focus on the fact USC’s not quite playing as glamourous a schedule as in the past. Other than the neutral-field game against Alabama in 2016, the big nonconference opponents are Texas (2017-18) and BYU (2019-21-23).

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Morning Buzz: Can Andy Enfield Turn USC Around Next Season?

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With USC headed toward a second straight last-place finish in the Pac-12, the question now is how much better the Trojans can be next season?

“How can you be below Washington State (in the standings) when you’re in Los Angeles?” said a former Pac-12 coach, who asked not to be identified. “They are not even relevant. They have no identity.”

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Could Leonard Williams Go Lower Than 3?

LEONARD.TIEIs there any way USC defensive lineman Leonard Williams drops past the No. 3 pick following his NFL combine? Would a team take Williams over Marcus Mariota? Probably not in the quarterback-starved NFL. Plus no one wants to be accused of passing up a QB who might be a star. But it won’t really matter for Williams, who probably could skip USC’s Pro Day at this point.

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Tale Of Two Programs

Does it matter that Florida Gulf Coast is 21-7 and 11-1 with a school record 10-game winning streak? Or that it is on the verge of going to a second straight A-Sun title?

I suppose the comeback is they have not been to the Sweet 16 since Andy Enfield left. Or finished last in the Pac-12 two straight years.

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Morning Buzz: USC v. UCLA

KESSLER.UCLANow that UCLA will reportedly hire Tom Bradley as its defensive coordinator, who has the better coaching staff? Who would you take? Clay Helton/Justin Wilcox or Noel Mazzone/Bradley as your coordinators?

Kennedy Polamalu or Johnny Nansen (running backs)? Adrian Klemm or Bob Connelly (offensive line)? Tee Martin or Eric Yarber (wide receivers)? I could go on but here’s the the full USC staff. And here’s UCLA. And now you can vote.

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Who has the better coaching staff?
USC   UCLA   Don’t know     

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Quote Of The Night

ESPN college basketball analyst Dick Vitale was asked by the Fort Myers, Fla., News-Press about USC coach Andy Enfield struggling at the bottom of the Pac-12 two straight years.

“Obviously the Pac 12 has got some heavyweights to deal with,” Vitale said. “You’ve got to be patient. I think the third year you’ve got a real true evaluation to see where they’re going.”

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