Lydia Murphy-Stephans, the president of Pac-12 Networks, will step down from her post in June and plans to launch a media advisory, according to the conference. She will remain a consultant to the Pac-12 Networks.
Murphy-Stephans made $1.25 million in 2014 according to federal tax returns. Fill in your own DirecTV joke now.
Tonight is USC Night at Dodger Stadium. Will Clay Helton appear? Andy Enfield? Lynn Swann? The Dodgers have a special ticket package for tonight that included a special USC Dodgers cap. The package sold out. However, tickets are still avaliable for UCLA night later this month. Of course.
Steve Sarkisian’s year in the wilderness didn’t really last a year. And according to the Tuscaloosa News, Sarkisian was scheduled to make $1 million this season at Alabama. I’m not sure the Atlanta Falcons are paying him that. But a little less is worth it to avoid getting yelled at by Nick Saban.
USC and UC Irvine split two games the past two nights. But there are now two notable facts as the Trojans and Anteaters met again. Former USC and current UC Irvine baseball coach Mike Gillespie is going strong as he turns 77 next month. And Gillespie is 15-5 against USC since he took over at Irvine.
Imagine USC firing its football coach after the season and still not hiring a replacement 47 days later. Imagine during that time Jack Del Rio just coached another college team to a successful season 15 miles away and took the Washington job instead for more money than USC would offer. Imagine Sam Darnold tweeting that the players will just coach themselves. Imagine a story being written that the athletic director delayed the search to attend the Master’s.
This is exactly what’s happened with the USC women’s basketball coaching search. Is women’s basketball anywhere near as important as football? Of course not. But this doesn’t exactly inspire confidence if there is a football coaching search.
UPDATED: I could have added that the nation’s leading scorer was released from her letter of intent with USC and is now looking for another school. Imagine the football of equivalent of that.
Shareef O’Neal, a forward at Windward in Los Angeles, committed to Arizona this morning. He also considered USC, UCLA and Kentucky. That should be a relief for anyone who would have needed to squeeze into a seat at the Galen Center next to his father.
USC senior associate athletic director Magdi El Shahawy is a finalist to become athletic director at Long Beach State.
Meanwhile, the No. 1-ranked USC beach volleyball team swept Stanford, 5-0, in the first-ever meeting between the two schools at the Stanford Beach Volleyball Stadium. USC has won 56 consecutive dual matches