San Clemente QB Jack Sears was invited over the weekend to the Elite 11 finals. Sears is probably USC’s No. 1 QB target for 2017. Is it really possible two quarterbacks from San Clemente would follow each other to USC? It seems doubtful Sears would want to watch Sam Darnold start for a couple years but who knows. Sears certainly beats the alternative of USC trying to woo Tate Martell for a third time.
Did you notice Texas A&M, which got dropped by Martell a couple weeks ago, secured a commitment from QB Connor Blumrick? I don’t know a lot about Blumrick. But I know he is 6-6. Not 5-10.
USC president Max Nikias will be in San Francisco today as the Pac-12’s chancellors and presidents meet with commissioner Larry Scott. Perhaps Scott’s $4 million salary will be a topic. Not really. The presidents approved what he got paid a long time ago. And the Pac-12 Network’s inability to be viewed by many fans will also not be discussed much. But there will probably be something announced about concern for the student-athletes. Unless it means not playing a 7 p.m. football game.
Pat Haden and J.K. McKay, the co-CIF players of the year in 1970, with the 4-A championship trophy after leading Bishop Amat to the title with an 18-17 OT victory over Lakewood. Haden completed 537 of 850 passes for 7,633 yards and 82 TDs in his career while McKay caught 207 passes for 3,389 yards and 48 TDs.
On Friday I posted a picture of the USC-Notre Dame game program. Below is a picture of the game, where Anthony Davis (below) scored six touchdowns on runs of 97, 1, 5, 4, 96 and 8 yards in the Trojans’ 45-23 victory over Notre Dame. The Irish actually outgained USC in total yards despite Davis’ big day.
I haven’t followed Hue Jackson’s career closely since he left USC in 2000 but after his surprise selection of Cody Kessler in the third round of the NFL draft last month, he asked everyone to trust him. In 2011, Jackson was head coach of the Raiders, who used a third-round supplemental pick to take Ohio State QB Terrelle Pryor. Did he ask Raider fans to trust him too? Five years later, Pryor is now catching passes from Kessler as a Browns wide receiver. I can pretty guarantee Kessler will never play wide receiver in the NFL.
USC suffered its first loss of the season as the fifth-seeded Trojans lost at fourth-seeded Syracuse, 12-11, in overtime of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday. With a victory, USC (20-1) would have made the Final Four. USC’s Cynthia Del Core scored an unassisted goal with 1:53 left to tie the score, 11-11, and force overtime
USC All-American tailback Clarence Davis gains yards against Nebraska in a 21-21 tie with the Cornhuskers at the Coliseum in 1970. Nebraska defensive tackle Larry Jacobson (75) won the 1971 Outland Trophy. Linebacker Jerry Murtaugh (42) had 25 tackles in the game.
The NFL Players’ Assn. is holding its annual Rookie Premiere weekend at the Coliseum, where selected players take pictures in their uniforms for trading cards. Cody Kessler (Row 3, No. 5) is among those participating.