I mentioned a couple weeks ago that former USC administrator Daryl Gross was taking over for Mike Garrett at Cal State Los Angeles and now it’s official as Gross was named executive director for athletics.
“I look forward to building on Mike’s foundation and carrying the torch in a way that is truly extraordinary,” Gross said. “Our goals will include graduating our student athletes while providing them a championship experience that will help them become leaders who make an impact on society. They will carry on in the tradition of alumni such as the great Billie Jean King.”
Najee Harris, who is rated the top tailback in the nation and No. 2 player overall by Rivals.com, is at the USC Rising Stars Camp this morning. Harris is committed to Alabama but USC is recruiting him hard. Also at the camp is offensive tackle Alex Leatherwood, who is also committed to Alabama.
Former USC quarterback Mark Sanchez and Giants pitcher Jake Peavy were among those cheated out of more than $30 million by an investment adviser in a Ponzi-like scheme, according to federal investigators. Full story here
USC will gave fans a bobblehead of Marcus Allen at the Sept. 10 game against Utah State. That’s an 11 a.m. kickoff. And it’s probably enough time for everyone to forget about how Allen came across in last week’s O.J. Simpson documentary on ESPN.
Clay Helton is ranked No. 86 in Athlon’s list of all 128 college football coaches by Athlon. Helton is ahead of Georgia State’s Trent Miles but behind Missouri’s Barry Odom. Who the hell even knows how you make these rankings? I’m not opposed to ranking Helton No. 86, I just wonder what makes Odom No. 85. He hired former USC defensive line coach Chris Wilson, after all. The full list is here.
When Fresno State agreed to play three games against USC at the Coliseum, the Trojans agreed to pay the Bulldogs $3.3 million. That works out to $1.1 million per game, which is almost as much as Pat Haden made off that foundation.