USC Sign Of The Times?

Every Signing Day, USC makes a lot of money with a big recruiting dinner for boosters at the Galen Center. The event usually takes place in the arena. But I heard this year it took place inside the Founders Room at the arena, which is used for private functions or as a bar for basketball games. Less interest this year?

UPDATED: A USC spokesperson says the event has been in the Founders Room for several years.

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USC Sunday Buzz: Adoree Jackson’s Back On The Track

Adoree Jackson is not supposed to participate in spring practice and started his track season this weekend at the New Mexico Classic indoor meet. Jackson ran the 60-meter dash in a personal-best 6.78 seconds to finish fourth, second among college competitors. He also ran a leg on the 4 x 400 relay team that finished second (first among collegians).

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Warning To Wisconsin

Here’s a podcast I did with the Wisconsin State Journal on former USC defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox, who recently became the Badgers defensive coordinator. In fairness, I say during the podcast I think Wilcox might be more successful with Wisconsin, where Big Ten offenses might not be so spread-oriented. Listen here

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On Matt Corral’s Commitment

Does it make sense for Matt Corral to commit to USC two years before he graduates? Clay Helton said he wanted to take one quarterback from that class. Here’s why it might appeal to Corral: Sam Darnold will be a redshirt junior when Corral enrolls. So if Corral redshirts, he might wait only one year to start. Or he might get a chance to start as a freshman if Darnold goes pro early.

This assumes Corral beats out whoever else is playing quarterback. And it assumes Corral comes to USC. I’ve seen him play once and I liked his grit. He also had Michael Pittman, who I think is the best receiver in USC’s class. So next year will be interesting to monitor especially if Oaks Christian upgrades its schedule.

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USC Recruits Well Except For Athletic Directors

In the history of USC, only one athletic director was actually an athletic director being being hired. Jess Hill and John McKay were football coaches. Mike Garrett and Haden worked in the private sector. Only Mike McGee, hired in 1984, was an actual athletic director when hired from the University of Cincinnati. I find that to be amazing.

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