I was talking to an NFL defensive coordinator today and asked a simple question: Why is USC so bad in short-yardage situations?
“Because they run out of the shotgun,” the coach said.
Now someone needs to tell USC’s coaches.
Petros Papadakis addressed the idea of USC restoring Reggie Bush as a full-fledged member of the football program now that NCAA sanctions are over.
“Reggie Bush did not lift one finger or toe . . . to help a whole generation of football players. He could have talked to the NCAA. It would have undoubtedly helped lighten the load of the sanctions coming down on USC.
“He never cooperated to this day and a whole generation of players suffered.”
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Former USC tailback Reggie Bush, current wide receiver Michael Pittman, defensive line coach Kenechi Udeze and defensive backs coach Ronnie Bradford were among those at the Oaks Christian-Helix game last night.
USC is recruiting Helix cornerback Isaac Taylor-Stuart and Oaks Christian defensive lineman Kayvon Thibodeaux.
Speaking of underachievement, USC dropped to 4-3 after losing to Oklahoma at Staples Center. It’s the first time USC’s lost three straight non-conference games under Andy Enfield.
You can pick your own excuses: FBI investigation. No De’Anthony Melton.
Elijah Stewart had 23 points. Trae Young led Oklahoma with 29 points.
Shelton Diggs catches a two-point pass with 2:03 left to give USC a dramatic 18-17 victory over Ohio State in the 1975 Rose Bowl. John McKay Jr. (left, arms raised) caught a 38-yard TD pass from Pat Haden moments earlier.
“We always go for two points in a situation like this. We didn’t come here to play for a tie. I would do the same thing again,” USC coach John McKay said.”
Did you hear USC defensive end Uchenna Nwosu is a first-team All-American? Nwosu made the Sports on Earth All-American team.The what? Now just to be clear to those who always misunderstand, I’m not being critical of Nwosu.
But I am mentioning this unknown web site because USC will now put a plaque outside the McKay Center for Nwosu being an All-American. So what’s more prestigious? The College Sports Madness or Sports on Earth All-American teams?
In this week’s notes column, I give some thoughts on how Clay Helton can handle the departure of Tyson Helton and look at the time legendary Buckeyes coach Woody Hayes brought Ohio State to the Coliseum (above) and got into an altercation after the game.