USC At Kings Game

Sam Darnold, Deontay Burnett, Daniel Imatorbhebhe, Clay Helton and the Rose Bowl Trophy are expected to be at the Kings game tonight. I’ve lost track of Rose Bowl celebrations.

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USC Rumor Of The Day

One name I’ve heard this week for the running backs job is former wide receiver Keary Colbert. He’s already on the staff, so it would be a smooth transition in that sense.

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Mike Walden Appreciation

I wanted to find a picture of Mike Walden when he was the USC play-by-play announcer and here he is calling a basketball game during the 1969-70 season. A celebration of life for Walden will be held March 18 at 11 a.m. at Braemar Country Club (4001 Reseda Blvd., Tarzana 91356).

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Former USC Announcer Mike Walden Passes Away At 89


Announcer Mike Walden, a member of the USC Hall of Fame, died on Feb. 12, according to LARadio.com. He was 89.

Walden was USC’s play-by-play announcer from 1966-72 but did USC games for various networks for several decades. He was also UCLA’s play-by-play announcer, the only person to be both school’s primary announcer. Many of you might remember him best for his role as the straight man on the “Super Dave” TV show.

Above, he calls what i consider the greatest shot in USC basketball history during a 1982 game vs. Washington at the Sports Arena. The analyst is coaching legend Pete Newell.

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Morning Buzz: Finally, A Mock Draft With A USC Player

A couple days ago I asked if anyone could find a mock draft with a USC player in the first round? Well, here’s one by Pete Prisco of CBS Sports that has Adoree Jackson going with the 30th pick to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

And Jackson’s getting some compliments from respected draft analyst Mike Mayock.

“He provides immediate value as a return guy,” Mayock said. “He’s not a top-five corner yet (in this NFL draft). But I think he’s raw and has the ability to develop into one.”

That will mean playing with more consistency than he did at USC last season, when he surrendered seven touchdown passes.

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Crazy Comment Of The Day

I’ve tried to ignore LaVar Ball, the father of UCLA guard Lonzo Ball, but it’s USC-UCLA week and I’ve had enough. Here’s what he told TMZ: “He’s going to be better than Steph Curry. Steph Curry’s really good, but my son is young, he’s got time to go. And you only consider him good because he won a couple of championships. What if he didn’t win no championships? He made some shots at the right time. But he’s not as young as my boy.”

How about beating USC first? Lonzo Ball had seven turnovers in the first meeting at the Galen Center. That doesn’t mean he is not going to be a great player. But no Steph Curry comparisons, please.

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Utah Is Lineman U.

USC and more recently, Stanford, have developed reputations as the place for offensive linemen. But Utah is sending four offensive linemen (offensive guard Isaac Asiata, offensive tackle Garett Bolles, center J.J. Dielman, offensive tackle Sam Tevi) to the NFL combine. If that’s not enough you could say the Utes also have two defensive linemen (Pita Taumoepenu, Stevie Tu’ikolovatu) if you consider Tu’ikolovatu played three years at Utah.

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USC Knows How To Raise Money

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If USC knows one thing, it is how to raise money. President Max Nikias said today USC is close to reaching its goal of raising $6 billion nearly 18 months ahead of schedule. Nikias said he is going to extend the campaign five more years. USC has raised more money in the past 6.5 years than in the previous 60.

So in that case, how about getting those Coliseum renovations started now?

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