USC guard Harold Miner shoots over UCLA guard Mitchell Butler in 1992 at the Sports Arena.
I’ve tried to ignore LaVar Ball, the father of UCLA guard Lonzo Ball, but it’s USC-UCLA week and I’ve had enough. Here’s what he told TMZ: “He’s going to be better than Steph Curry. Steph Curry’s really good, but my son is young, he’s got time to go. And you only consider him good because he won a couple of championships. What if he didn’t win no championships? He made some shots at the right time. But he’s not as young as my boy.”
How about beating USC first? Lonzo Ball had seven turnovers in the first meeting at the Galen Center. That doesn’t mean he is not going to be a great player. But no Steph Curry comparisons, please.
USC and more recently, Stanford, have developed reputations as the place for offensive linemen. But Utah is sending four offensive linemen (offensive guard Isaac Asiata, offensive tackle Garett Bolles, center J.J. Dielman, offensive tackle Sam Tevi) to the NFL combine. If that’s not enough you could say the Utes also have two defensive linemen (Pita Taumoepenu, Stevie Tu’ikolovatu) if you consider Tu’ikolovatu played three years at Utah.
If USC knows one thing, it is how to raise money. President Max Nikias said today USC is close to reaching its goal of raising $6 billion nearly 18 months ahead of schedule. Nikias said he is going to extend the campaign five more years. USC has raised more money in the past 6.5 years than in the previous 60.
So in that case, how about getting those Coliseum renovations started now?
ESPN has so many rankings it can sometimes be easy to overlook them. It just released its Football Power Index, which is an automated ranking that does not victories or who makes the College Football Playoff. Instead, it measures ” team strength going forward.”
USC checks in at No. 12, which is much lower than the Trojans will be ranked in preseason Top 25 polls. But if the schedule is as tough as some people make it sound, maybe it’s not a ridiculous ranking. Full rankings here.
Here’s another mock draft from CBS Sports without JuJu Smith-Schuster or Adoree Jackson. If you find one that has either as a first-round pick, let me know.