Daniel Green, a Class of 2017 linebacker from Portland, committed to USC. Green had offers from Oregon, Oregon State, Arizona, Utah and Cal.
If I was Mike Garrett, I would have hired Cheryl Miller as the men’s coach at Cal State L.A. That would put the school on the map. Besides, Garrett’s experience hiring basketball coaches lately revolves around former USC basketball managers.
It hasn’t been announced yet but Cheryl Miller is the new women’s basketball coach at Cal State Los Angeles. I mentioned two weeks ago that Mike Garett wanted to hire her. I’ve heard Henry Bibby told Garrett no thanks to coaching the men’s team.
This is actually a picture of the Oregon coaching staff in 1967. Former USC coach John Robinson, former USC assistant/Cal and Arizona State coach Bruce Snyder and San Francisco 49ers coach George Seifert are all on the staff. Ask yourself what USC staff in the past 15 years could produce three “successful” head coaches. That means don’t try to say Lane Kiffin, Steve Sarkisian, Nick Holt and Ed Orgeron became head coaches.
It probably struck some as self-serving that Reggie Bush acted like he wasn’t treated right by USC considering the severe sanctions suffered by the football program. And the fact Bush never lifted a finger to help the university during the NCAA’s investigation. One could say the same about O.J. Mayo and basketball, by the way, but no one cares about basketball.
Bush’s interview with Colin Cowherd, whose USC obsession actually proved worthy of something this time, came across as another example of an entitled, spoiled athlete. That said, USC coach Clay Helton’s made a strong push to welcome Bush back and made him welcome at the Pac-12 title game. That made Bush’s stand-offish attitude seem odd with Cowherd.
Petros Papadakis continued to criticize Bush during Wednesday’s Petros and Money show.
“I am still incensed . . . to sit there and act as a victim,” Papadakis said. “This guy could have helped alleviate a lot of those sanctions just by cooperating. I believe even Marcus Allen called him personally (to speak to the NCAA). He has never taken one ounce of responsibility for what happened at USC.”
— Matt Petersen (@TheMattPetersen) May 18, 2016
USC forward Nikola Jovanovic worked out with the Phoenix Suns today and said he was still exploring his options regarding the hiring of an agent but was close to a decision.
The Daily News has compiled its annual top 50 most powerful in Southern California list. USC president Max Nikias and USC football Clay Helton both made the list. Has Nikias ever been more powerful? He has hired his personal choices for athletic director twice in the past six years and was recently appointed chair of the College Football Playoff Board of Managers.
Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott made $4 million in the latest Pac-12 tax return. And you still can’t watch the Pac-12 Network on DirecTV. But never fear: The Pac-12 Network’s president, Lydia Murphy Stephens, made $1.247 million in 2014-15. Remember that if you get the network and still can’t get the games you want next season under the new regional format that became noticeable during basketball season. Forget the salaries, it’s all about the athletes, as the conference frequently reminds us.
UPDATED: Murphy Stephens made almost as much as the Pac-12 gave each school ($1.4 million).