Steve Sarkisian said this afternoon that tight end Bryce Dixon, who is no longer enrolled at USC, is in the midst of an appeal process with the student-conduct office.
“I’d love to have him back,” Sarkisian said.
Meanwhile, it is still too soon to know if tight end Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick will be eligible this season.
So it is always popular to bash the media but at least among Pac-12 media, there is a difference between it and the nation’s coaches. Why? Because USC is picked to win the Pac-12 over Oregon but ranked five spots below the Ducks in the coaches’ poll (No. 5 vs. 10).
For the first time since 2012, USC is picked to win the Pacific-12 Conference in the annual media preseason poll. The Trojans were selected by 21 voters to win the conference while Oregon received 17 votes.
Arizona State received three votes, UCLA two and Stanford one.
USC was also an overwhelming pick to win the Pac-12 South Division, with 32 votes. Arizona State received 7 votes while UCLA received six.