What does it say when Oregon’s Dillon Brooks and Tyler Dorsey withdraw from the NBA Draft while USC’s Julian Jacobs and Nikola Jovanovic stayed in the draft. Dana Altman . . . Andy Enfield . . . Dana Altman . . . Andy Enfield. Hmmm.
USC forward Nikola Jovanovic will remain in the NBA draft according to CBS Sports. That means two starters are gone (Julian Jacobs, Nikola Jovanovic) are gone. The best player is gone (Jacobs). And part of the bench left (Katin Reinhardt, Darion Clark, Malik Martin, Malik Marquetti).
Steve Lavin told me in February that USC might be a preseason top 10 team in the nation. Now they will be considered a mid-Pac-12 team. It tells you something when neither Jacobs nor Jovanovic stayed even though they might not be drafted. It points to Andy Enfield’s leadership because some felt certain players had a longer leash than others when it came to making mistakes or being emphasized within the offense. And that led to some distrust.
USC has always been a Nike school. That is under scrutiny from some fans because of UCLA’s record $280 million deal with Under Armour. Yesterday, I said Phil Knight’s had a chummy relationship with USC. John McKay was on Nike’s board of directors. McKay’s statue outside the McKay Center has him wearing Nikes despite the fact he never did as USC coach. Knight donated money for construction of the McKay Center.
Knight is also close to Charles Cale, who was recently appointed to USC’s Board of Trustees and has been a member of the Nike board of directors. Knight and Cale attended Stanford. Cale endowed USC’s athletic director position in 2011 and it is named after him. He also donated to the McKay Center. Doesn’t all of this add up to a win for Nike?
The Pac-12 has an initiative that would ban football practices on spring break like Michigan did last past spring. The initiative would not prohibit practicing during Christmas break, of course, when bowl games take place. It seems like another way to react to something Jim Harbaugh is doing.
The Pac-12 announced today it could reduce as many as four night games to earlier kickoffs following many complaints from fans and the colleges. Here’s is the official statement:
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USC women’s golf was ranked No. 1 entering the NCAA Tournament but the Trojans lost to Duke, 4-1, in the quarterfinals today. There was a highlight above.
New athletic director Lynn Swann is supposed to be a good businessman. Well, he is good at sitting on boards at least. But when Swann takes over in July, he can deal with UCLA signing what is believed to be the biggest apparel deal in college history with Under Armour ($280 million, 15 years). Because USC is a private school, its deal with Nike is not public. But it’s not considered to be one of the best deals and Michigan reportedly has a better deal with Nike. Phil Knight’s been chummy with USC for years (John McKay was on the Nike board) but this is an area where USC is lagging. Maybe that chummy relationship has hurt USC’s apparel deal.