College football analyst Phil Steele usually ranks USC too high. Last year he had the Trojans No. 3. So I’m a bit surprised he has USC 25th in his preseason top 25. You can read his preview here.
Petros Papadakis tackled the Pat Haden situation on his radio show today. Some excerpts:
“In 2010, (USC president) Max Nikias hired a business tycoon (Haden) to administer the athletic dept. The USC A.D. job is beneath him. Schools should hire people with experience of being university administrators.
“Does USC have a systemic problem? Does USC suffer from blind trust? It begs the question how strenuously was Clay Helton vetted? Did USC make sure Lynn Swann was vetted? I hope Helton and Swann enjoy more success and less drama than Steve Sarkisian and Pat Haden did.”
C.J. Miller, a safety from Powder Springs, Ga., announced he committed to USC today. What is interesting is that Rivals lists him as a two-star prospect. That will change since he is going to USC.
But look at the other schools that offered him a scholarship: Arkansas State, Central Florida, Charleston Southern, Charlotte, Georgia Southern, Miami (Ohio), Minnesota, Southern Miss, Troy, Toledo, Tulane and Western Kentucky.
That looks like a list of future USC opponents at the Coliseum.
Alabama is amending contracts for all its assistant coaches on Tuesday. Except one. Lane Kiffin will not get his contract amended and make $714,000. Why? Because USC will pay him $3.2 million.
I mentioned last week how a lot of former USC players showed up for a spring practice and two players told me Al Cowlings did not speak to Marcus Allen. Now look at the above picture. Allen is in the center of the photo. Where’s Cowlings? You can blow up the photo here. The article with the photo says Cowlings attended the practice. “He was not going to be photographed with Marcus,” a player told me. If you watched the documentary, Simpson’s former agent said he believed Allen’s relationship with Nicole Brown was a reason Simpson killed her.
Singer Iggy Azalea announced today she ended her engagement to former USC basketball player Nick Young over trust issues. They became engaged in June, 2015.