Was USC Dropping Shay Fields An Error?

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Rahshead Johnson actually committed to Steve Sarkisian twice: Once at Washington and once at USC. And let’s remember USC dropped wide receiver Shay Fields and then took Johnson.

Fields set a Colorado freshman record with 50 receptions and tied the mark for the most catches in a first game of a Colorado career (eight), and was second the team in receptions, yards (486) and touchdowns (5).

Now I’m sure if Johnson was at Colorado he would have played and if Fields were at USC, he probably would have redshirted. But in retrospect, this doesn’t seem like the greatest recruiting decision.

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Former USC Coach Ed Orgeron Will Make $450,000 At LSU

Ed Orgeron will make $450,000 to be LSU’s defensive line coach according to the Baton Rouge Advocate. That’s pretty good money. But it is less than half of what he made at USC. Orgeron was paid more than $1 million last season for a similar job.

This is why I sometimes point to coaching at USC more than I might at another school. Because USC pays coaches more money than other schools. Remember Monte Kiffin’s $1.5 million salary.

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Scholarship Math

There has been a feeling USC might want offensive tackle Clayton Johnson to greyshirt. But with Tristan Payton’s decommitment, USC has four scholarships left. That’s enough for Iman Marshall, Rasheem Green, John Houston and Porter Gustin. Anyone else?

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Osa Masina Commits And Tristan Payton Decommits

As expected, USC landed a commitment from linebacker Osa Masina. And at the same time, wide receiver Tristan Payton decommitted. Not even being MVP of the Semper Fi Bowl was enough to keep Payton around. I’m hearing that the addition of USC’s JC receivers has influenced a couple players now (George Farmer, Payton).

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USC Morning Buzz: Roster Moves

We hear wide receiver-defensive back Rahshead Johnson left USC because he was unhappy about redshirting and that he also clashed with coaches during the season, which is one reason he switched between offense and defense.

Linebacker Uchenna Nwosu, who got into a fight with a teammate in San Diego and was sent home before the Holiday Bowl, is also no longer at USC. Neither figured prominently in the future but again mean less players overall in the program.

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Oregon 75, USC 67

At first glance, the stats were encouraging as Katin Reinhardt and Julian Jacobs scored 16 points each while Jordan McLaughlin added 14. But Reinhardt made only 5 of 16 shots while McLaughlin was 4 for 15. That’s a combined 9-31. USC shot only 37 percent. Oregon was worse at 36 percent but made 25-31 free throws.

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