USC Picture Of The Day

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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.

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USC Morning Buzz: The Reggie Bush Fallout Continues

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.”

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The 50 Most Powerful Sports Figures In Southern California

HADEN.NIKIASThe 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.

Here’s a photo gallery of the top figures. And the list of candidates.

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Speaking Of Overpaid

Pac-12.networkPac-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).

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