Steve Sarkisian’s year in the wilderness didn’t really last a year. And according to the Tuscaloosa News, Sarkisian was scheduled to make $1 million this season at Alabama. I’m not sure the Atlanta Falcons are paying him that. But a little less is worth it to avoid getting yelled at by Nick Saban.
Talk about an exciting time. Like Coachella. Or Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin.
Clay Helton and Andy Enfield will make four stops on their speaking tour in May and June. Here are the dates/location:
May 8 (Balboa Bay Resort); May 15 (Founders’ Room, Galen Center); May 17 (La Jolla Country Club) and June 2 (Indian Wells Country Club).
USC and UC Irvine split two games the past two nights. But there are now two notable facts as the Trojans and Anteaters met again. Former USC and current UC Irvine baseball coach Mike Gillespie is going strong as he turns 77 next month. And Gillespie is 15-5 against USC since he took over at Irvine.
Imagine USC firing its football coach after the season and still not hiring a replacement 47 days later. Imagine during that time Jack Del Rio just coached another college team to a successful season 15 miles away and took the Washington job instead for more money than USC would offer. Imagine Sam Darnold tweeting that the players will just coach themselves. Imagine a story being written that the athletic director delayed the search to attend the Master’s.
This is exactly what’s happened with the USC women’s basketball coaching search. Is women’s basketball anywhere near as important as football? Of course not. But this doesn’t exactly inspire confidence if there is a football coaching search.
UPDATED: I could have added that the nation’s leading scorer was released from her letter of intent with USC and is now looking for another school. Imagine the football of equivalent of that.
USC senior associate athletic director Magdi El Shahawy is a finalist to become athletic director at Long Beach State.
Meanwhile, the No. 1-ranked USC beach volleyball team swept Stanford, 5-0, in the first-ever meeting between the two schools at the Stanford Beach Volleyball Stadium. USC has won 56 consecutive dual matches
Now that Duke guard Grayson Allen is returning for his senior season and USC forward Chimezie Metu is coming back for his junior year, Andy Enfield should immediately call Duke and schedule a game. Maybe Duke won’t play USC with former point guard Derryck Thornton eligible next season.
Then Enfield should call North Carolina. Or Kansas. Or Florida. Or West Virginia. Or Gonzaga. Somebody. Anybody.
Here is the point: USC basketball fans, specifically season-ticket holders, deserve much better next season. Especially if the team is going to be good.
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Colin Cowherd is the biggest USC fan of any national media member. And readers will remember his famous Washington-has-no-chance lecture the day the Huskies upset USC at the Coliseum.
Cowherd attended Saturday’s scrimmage and of course immediately figured out “that team’s gonna play for the national title. That’s the best defense since Pete Carroll.”
He figured that out off a “scrimmage” that was actually a glorified practice where Sam Darnold threw six passes. But that is why he is a genius. I’m sure these comments will make his USC friends (including those in the media who suck up to him) happy.