I’m told USC’s sold six of the 10 end-zone suites that are designed to bring fans closer to the field (for a price). The unresolved questions are how high the Sun Deck is going to be elevated behind the suites and how it affects the band. “There will be some growing pains,” one source said. End-zone photographers will be required to kneel for photos so they don’t block of the view of the high rollers in the suites.
USC coach Steve Sarkisian answers my question on UCLA being picked by 37 of the 39 voters to win the Pac-12 South in the preseason media poll.
And here is my story on Wednesday’s proceedings at Paramount Studios. Link here
USC will start training camp with 67 healthy scholarship players, according to Steve Sarkisian. This might be one reason he did not want to commit today about where Adoree Jackson or Juju Smith.
Sarkisian said that will be determined by depth at wide receiver and the secondary. If Steven Mitchell and George Farmer are healthy, it means Jackson is likely headed to cornerback. Sarkisian said USC currently has only three cornerbacks and three safeties not counting incoming freshmen, which raises depth questions.
“The question is where do we need them,” Sarkisian said.
Did you expect USC to get only one vote in the Pac-12 media poll? It seems a bit odd that UCLA received 37 of 38 first-place votes in the Pac-12 South when both teams are considered to be top 15. Maybe the media is remembering Steve Sarkisian’s Washington record in big games.
Another strange Pac-12 media day in that it is taking place somewhere unsuited for this type of function, but Larry Scott wants glitz so it’s at Paramount Studios. Steve Sarkisian said wide receiver George Farmer is the fastest player on the team. I’m skeptical but Farmer is out of his knee brace, which is good news for him.
Leonard Williams said his injured shoulder should be “about 100 percent” for the start of training camp.