Baseball: USC 6, Arizona State 3

The Trojans finished in a three-way tie for third in the Pac-12 with Arizona State and Cal. UCLA won the conference while Oregon State finished second. USC finds out at 9 a.m. who it plays in the NCAA Tournament, its first appearance since 2005. The Trojans also might be selected as a regional site. USC’s 37-19 record is its best since 2001.

UPDATED: The NCAA announced 16 sites Sunday night. UCLA, Cal State Fullerton and UC Santa Barbara were selected as local sites. Santa Barbara is actually playing at Lake Elsinore because it did not have lights.

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How Many Bishop Gorman Players Will Go To USC?

Is Bishop Gorman going to become as important to USC as Serra High School? The Class of 2017 at the Las Vegas school includes quarterback Tate Martell, the 5-10 wonder who seems like he is dying to go to USC.

Then there is wide receiver Tyjon Lindsey (5-9, 175), who is also competing at the Clarkson QB retreat this weekend in Coronado and has a USC offer. Defensive tackle Haskell Garrett (6-1, 286) also is a four-star prospect with a USC offer. It remains to be seen if USC offers running back Biaggio Ali-Walsh, who is the grandson of Muhammad Ali.

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USC Sunday Buzz: It’s Time To Play Coaching Staff Roulette

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In the first of a new series, I am going to randomly pick a USC coaching staff of the past and look at its accomplishments. One reason is because every time someone gets hired at USC (like Lane Kiffin) they say they are hiring the best staff in America. And they do not. Well, let’s see how the staff of the past compared.

Here’s a look at some of the 1965 coach staff: Mike Giddings was the head coach at the University of Utah in 1966-67 and also became head coach of the Hawaii World Football League team. Craig Fertig, a former USC player, became the head coach at Oregon State from 1976-79. Charlie Hall became the director of player personnel for the Houston Oilers.

Mel Hein was the NFL’s MVP in 1938 as a center. A center! An eight-time all-pro center, he was a charter member of the NFL Hall of Fame in 1963. Imagine that background for a coach today. Jim Stangeland, a former USC player, led Long Beach State and Long Beach City College to its greatest success, including a national title at Long Beach City in 1964.

Dave Levy was just inducted into the USC Hall of Fame and considered one of the greatest, if not greatest, assistant coaches in school history. He also was an offensive coordinator in the NFL.

And of course, there’s Marv Goux, who is simply the most inspirational coach in USC history, not to mention a former player.

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Baseball: USC 7, Arizona State 4

Embedded image permalinkKyle Twomey and Brent Wheatley combined to limit the Sun Devils to four runs while Dante Flores drove in three runs as the Trojans bounced back from Friday’s loss. USC is 36-19 and 17-12. With ASU’s loss, Oregon State clinched second place in the Pac-12.

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