Faster Format Salute To Troy

I said Friday I could not believe the Salute to Troy was over by 8:15 p.m. Friday night. Some fans who attended tell me the event did not honor any teams from the past. Usually there is a 50-or-25-year anniversary for a team and members are brought up. Last year, Mike Garrett actually set foot on campus for the first time since he was fired because one of his teams was honored. But that helps explain why things moved faster.

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USC Morning Buzz: What’s Up With Former Linebacker Scott Felix?

FELIXRemember back in April when Clay Helton said he hoped linebacker Scott Felix could be a scout team player this season after he failed a drug test for taking a banned supplement?

Felix has not been at training camp so I asked Helton what Felix’s role would be this season. Felix will not have any practuce duties, which probably means it was forbidden by the NCAA. Instead, he will work in the football office and participate in USC’s Pro Day next spring with hopes of playing in the NFL. Felix considered turning pro early after he failed the drugs test but tried to appeal his case. The NCAA denied it.

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USC Depth Chart

This is not exactly a controversial depth chart. The left guard position is shared by Chris Brown and Damien Mama. Chris Hawkins and Leon McQuay are co-starters at safety. Hawkins probably wonders about that after starting last season. Michael Hutchings won the weakside linebacker spot. Maybe a surprise is that Rasheem Green does not own a starting spot but could start at two positions. The defensive line is so suspect that Utah transfer Stevie Tu’ikolovatu, who started only two games last season for the Utes, is starting at nose tackle. You can see the depth chart by clicking on the picture below.

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USC Olympic Medal Count

DELILIAHUSC won nine gold medals, five silver and seven bronze at the Rio Olympics. Stanford won at least 23 medals, which looks like the best total. Above, Delilah Muhammad became the USA’s first-ever Olympic 400m women’s hurdles champion. Of course I included Allyson Felix’s medals!

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