The Coliseum looks better lit in this photo from a 1938 rodeo than it does today. Photo courtesy of USC digital library/Dick Whittington Studio collection.
USC will probably end up with a No. 1-ranked recruiting class. So how long will it take for the Trojans on-field performance to match the recruiting ranking? Next year? Two years? Three?
Recruiting rankings are subjective and then you need to deal with other factors, like players turning pro early. So how many years does/will it take?
Randall Cunningham, the son of former NFL quarterback Randall Cunningham and nephew of former USC running back Sam Cunningham, made his debut in the high jump for USC and finished second in an indoor meet in Lexington, Ky.
Cunningham, who played quarterback in high school, had a best jump of 7-0.25 (2.14m).
Rahshead Johnson actually committed to Steve Sarkisian twice: Once at Washington and once at USC. And let’s remember USC dropped wide receiver Shay Fields and then took Johnson.
Fields set a Colorado freshman record with 50 receptions and tied the mark for the most catches in a first game of a Colorado career (eight), and was second the team in receptions, yards (486) and touchdowns (5).
Now I’m sure if Johnson was at Colorado he would have played and if Fields were at USC, he probably would have redshirted. But in retrospect, this doesn’t seem like the greatest recruiting decision.
Ed Orgeron will make $450,000 to be LSU’s defensive line coach according to the Baton Rouge Advocate. That’s pretty good money. But it is less than half of what he made at USC. Orgeron was paid more than $1 million last season for a similar job.
This is why I sometimes point to coaching at USC more than I might at another school. Because USC pays coaches more money than other schools. Remember Monte Kiffin’s $1.5 million salary.