Value For Money

If you are a USC season-ticket holder, how do you feel with the following games added to the home schedule since 2013: Arkansas State., Idaho (2015), Utah State (2016), Western Michigan (2017), UNLV (2019), New Mexico (2020) and Rice (2022). And probably with a personal-seat license for the games after 2017.

Maybe Fox should contact Hostess Cupcakes about bidding for Coliseum naming rights.

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USC To Host Rice In 2022

USC announced it will host Rice at the Coliseum on Sept. 3, 2022. Not quite New Mexico, Idaho or Arkansas State but not a team that will cause anyone to rush out and buy tickets either.

UPDATED: I forgot USC is playing Utah State in 2016, Western Michigan in 2017 and UNLV in 2019. So Rice is the latest sacrificial lamb added to the future schedule.

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USC Morning Buzz: Steve Sarkisian To Newport Beach

SARKISIAN.FISTUSC coach Steve Sarkisian put his Palos Verdes house for sale last month (for $9.5 million). And now he’s been sighted in Newport Beach and referred to as a “Newport Beach resident,” by the local paper, the Daily Pilot.

I applaud the move but it sure adds to the daily commute during the football season. There’s always the Radisson Hotel across from USC on late nights. It’s not exactly unheard of for a USC coach to commute from Orange County: Ed Orgeron lived in Mission Viejo during his first tenure at USC as did former offensive coordinator Hue Jackson.

This must be a blow to the South Bay mafia in the USC athletic dept. as Sarkisian lived there most of his life.

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Matt Leinart Gets Promoted

BUSH.PUSHFormer USC QB Matt Leinart will be an in-studio analyst for Fox Sports’ college football pregame, halftime and postgame shows according to Sports Illustrated. He will replace the talented Joel Klatt, who got bumped up to lead college football analyst and will do Fox’s Saturday games.

At least this means Leinart won’t be running out of the Coliseum tunnel any more at USC games (unless it’s a weeknight game, of course). Look above at the two of us forever linked with Reggie Bush on the famous Bush Push, probably the most emotional game I’ve covered along with the USC-Texas national title game the same season.

UPDATED: A reader points out Fox obviously didn’t care about last month’s story regarding Leinart’s for-profit flag football league.

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USC Picture Of The Day

USC.UCLA.1969This photo is from the 1969 USC-UCLA game at the Coliseum, best known for a controversial 32-yard TD catch by WR Sam Dickerson that enabled USC to win, 14-12. Was Dickerson inbounds? Anyways, this photo features “Wild Bunch” defensive end Charlie Weaver (No. 84) and all-Pac-8 offensive guard Dennis Alumbaugh (No. 67).

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USC Morning Buzz: A Pro’s Opinion On Over/Under Number

"Tim Patrick,  Adoree' Jackson"A lot of USC fans were perplexed by every sportsbook listing the over/under regular-season victory total as 8 or 8.5. So I decided to ask someone involved in determining these numbers. Here’s what Kevin Bradley, sports book manager for Bovada, said about USC:

“We opened USC win total at 8 but an influx of money moved them up to 8.5 and currently at 9 where we are seeing even action on both sides. The Trojans were a tricky team to set because they have some interesting road games namely at Notre Dame and at Oregon but we feel 9 is the right number at this point.”

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USC Basketball Offers 8th/9th Grader

USC basketball offered a scholarship today to 6-7 forward Isaiah Mobley according to his club team. Mobley will be a freshman this fall at Rancho Christian High School in Temecula. I say he is an 8th/9th grader because until school the 2015/16 school year starts I consider him an 8th grader.

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