A Pre-Meditated Media Bounce

Lane Kiffin used to tell me he needed publicity of any kind at Tennessee. He must feel the same way at Florida Atlantic. He got the intended effect yesterday with his scholarship offer to Tee Martin’s 13-year-old son. And Martin, who also likes media attention, gets everyone to ask him about his son. So everyone is happy today after 24 hours of viral media. And no one will care five years from now if Kiffin is still at Florida Atlantic or Martin’s son even plays quarterback.

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Larry Scott’s Salary

If you think anyone at USC is overpaid, Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott made $4.2 million in 2015. Pac-12 Networks president Lydia Murphy-Stephans, who recently resigned, made $1.3 million.

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USC Morning Buzz: 2 Football Coaches Paid $5.7 Million In 2015

USC paid some staggering salaries in 2015 according to its federal tax return, which was obtained by USA Today on Monday. Football coach Steve Sarkisian made $3,276,488 before he was fired. Athletic director Pat Haden made $2,778,147. Former football coach Lane Kiffin was paid $2,486,600 as USC continued to pay off his contract.

None of them made more than school president Max Nikias, who was paid $3,763,762. Some of the highest-paid employees were doctors: Dr. Vaughn Starnes, who is chairperson of the Dept. of Surgery, made $2,851,710. Dr. Louis Vandermolen made $2,768,334. Dr. Inderbir Singh Gill was paid $2,401,807.

One salary that was notably missing was basketball coach Andy Enfield, who is believed to make more than $2 million per year.  Haden actually made slightly more in 2014 ($2.9 million).

But Haden was not the nation’s highest-paid athletic director in 2015. Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick made $3.11 million.

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USC Changes Some Names Of Entrances/Parking Structures

USC changed the names of all its campus entrances and parking structures today. For example, Gate 1 is now called Watt Way Entrance. Parking Structure A is now called the Downey Way Structure. This might be the first time in recent memory USC’s changed some names without a donor paying to get their name on it.

Full list of name changes after the jump: Continue reading “USC Changes Some Names Of Entrances/Parking Structures” »

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What Is “Great”

Last week, USC athletic director Lynn Swann said the track teams “have had a great season.” This was after the men’s and women’s teams split the dual meet with UCLA. On Sunday, the men’s and women’s teams both placed second at the Pac-12 championships. There is no shame in finishing behind Oregon, which has swept the Pac-12 meet for nine straight years. But is a dual-meet split and second in Pac-12’s really “great?”

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Robert Woods Honored

Serra High School honored wide receiver Robert Woods today by naming him the first Cavalier Legend. Woods’ No. 2 that he wore at Serra will have a patch with his name on it and be worn by a player who has similar characteristics as Woods.

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A Renovated-Coliseum Complaint

Here’s what a season-ticket holder emailed me about being forced to pay the new seat fee without knowing where the seats will be located in a renovated Coliseum:

“The one thing that stood out that I was unaware of before . . . is that you have to commit to paying the “gift” BEFORE you pick your seats. The only thing that a (booster-club) member will know at the time of the commitment and gift payment is that the seats will be some where in the shaded area for that level of membership. Once every booster-club member at any particular person’s level has either committed or declined which takes about two months or so to get through everyone, then in priority order each member who committed will be able to select their seats for that level of commitment.

“In essence, not only are we paying a gift for worse seats than we have now, we are being asked to do so before we even no how much worse the seats will be. I presume that the athletic department does know which is why they are forcing a commitment before hand.  Better to deal with the inevitable fall out after already being paid.  Not happy!”

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Lane Kiffin Offers Scholarship To Tee Martin’s 13-Year-Old Son

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We’ve all heard this before: Florida Atlantic coach Lane Kiffin offered a scholarship to USC offensive coordinator Tee Martin’s 13-year-old son, Kaden, who apparently is a QB. Considering the news benefits Kiffin and Martin, I’m not sure who leaked it faster to the media.

But let’s remember that 13-year-old quarterbacks might not even pan out or attend any school they commit to at an early age (Hello, David Sills!). And remember Martin couldn’t even get his oldest son, wide receiver Amari Rodgers, to sign with USC. He signed with Clemson.

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