USC Morning Buzz: Larry Scott On Less Night Games

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It always feels like a politician is talking when Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott answers a question: You don’t quite get an an answer and don’t really feel satisfied by what he says. Here’s what Scott says about the fact a mere four games might start earlier than 7 p.m. in an effort to reduce night games.

“We know it’s important to fans and schools. Within the parameters of the TV agreement, we’ve done all that’s possible to mitigate some of the friction.”

Read more of his doublespeak here.

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Another USC Tradition Disappears

FINGER.FOUNTAINUSC has torn down the “Finger Fountain,” which according to lore pointed toward UCLA and gave the gesture to the crosstown rivals. Officially, it was torn down because of renovations to Gavin Herbert Plaza. The fountain was also central to USC’s fountain run, which was discontinued two years ago.

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USC-Pat Summitt Connection

MCGEE.TENNIn 1984, USC defeated Tennessee, 72-61, at Pauley Pavilion in the NCAA women’s basketball championship game. The Tennessee coach was Pat Summitt. It was USC’s second straight title and the last won claimed by the Trojans. The above photo was taken by USC graduate Peter Read Miller, a well-known photographer for Sports Illustrated.

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Phil Steele’s Top 25

I mentioned last week Phil Steele had USC ranked 25th. How about Washington No. 8? And Notre Dame, a 6.5-point underdog to USC, is ranked No. 9.

1. Florida State
2. Alabama
3. Oklahoma
4. LSU
5. Clemson
6. Ohio State
7. Tennessee
8. Washington
9. Notre Dame
10. Stanford
11. TCU
12. Michigan
13. Michigan State
14. Iowa
15. UCLA
16. Boise State
17. Ole Miss
18. Baylor
19. Miami
20. Houston
21. Louisville
22. Nebraska
23. Georgia
24. Texas
25. USC

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Ignorance Is Bliss Cont.


Colin Cowherd showed his soccer ignorance today when he compared Notre Dame to England: “Used to be better. Last 30 years mostly hype.”

England has won one World Cup (1966) and really done nothing else. Notre Dame has won 11 national titles. It went to the BCS title game in 2012. England fans would kill to make another World Cup title game. Or to beat Iceland.

He’s warmer comparing Brazil to USC: “USC is Brazil. You always think they should be better. Unbelievable skill. Really good on the perimeter. Huge brand. Some of the best players ever.”

Of course his USC analogy is better because he is a USC homer.

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USC Morning Buzz: Some Updated Early Point Spreads

WASH.TDAre you looking for some new point spreads on USC games? Or how about some games that already almost a touchdown spread in June? The sports betting site, WagerTalk.com, has released updated speads on six games:

USC is a 6.5-point underdog against Stanford; a 1-point favorite over Utah; a 3.5-point favorite over Oregon; a 6-point underdog at Washington and a 3.5-point underdog against UCLA and a 6.5 favorite over Notre Dame.

That’s a lot of points for the Stanford, Washington and Notre Dame games. Stanford has a new quarterback that has not been picked (just like USC). Washington is highly regarded but unproven while Notre Dame looks like a team many want to downgrade from a year ago.

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Another Three Star Commitment

USC has received a commitment from three-star TE Erik Krommenhoek of Danville, Calif. Who else offered him? UCLA, Harvard, Yale, Colorado, Nevada, Arkansas, Pitt, Wyoming, Oregon State, Arizona State . . . you get the picture.

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