Oregon State 59, USC 55

A decent showing by the Trojans because Oregon State is 12-0 at home and 14-5 overall under first-year coach Wayne Tinkle. Katin Reinhardt scored 17 points and shot better (6-13) while Nikola Jovanovic had 13 points and six rebounds for the Trojans (9-10, 1-6).

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When Does Recruiting Reflect Record?

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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?

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Was USC Dropping Shay Fields An Error?

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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.

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Former USC Coach Ed Orgeron Will Make $450,000 At LSU

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.

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Scholarship Math

There has been a feeling USC might want offensive tackle Clayton Johnson to greyshirt. But with Tristan Payton’s decommitment, USC has four scholarships left. That’s enough for Iman Marshall, Rasheem Green, John Houston and Porter Gustin. Anyone else?

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