When you have something unimpressive to announce like a three-game home series with Fresno State, best to save it for Friday. The Bulldogs visit the Coliseum in 2019, 2022 and 2025 seasons. USC’s home game with UNLV in 2019 moves to Sept. 1, 2018.
I understand the logic: USC needs to schedule a certain number of home games each year and wants someone that will not require a home-and-home series. That does not make it any easier to stomach. Remember that 52-13 victory over Fresno State at the Coliseum in 2014?
And there is still Western Michigan (2017), New Mexico (2020) and Rice (2022) coming in addition to Fresno State and UNLV. It’s not a fun prospect for the season-ticket holders.
Tonight is Part 4 of “O.J. Made in America,” on ESPN. I’ve already watched the episode. Warning: The crime scene photos are extremely graphic and heartbreaking.
ESPN has released a statement regarding the photos: “There are several graphic crime scene photos that will be shown during Part 4 of “O.J.: Made in America” that the director and producers of the film feel are key to the powerful narrative of the documentary. These will not be altered in the initial television premiere, nor will they be altered in the version of the film that will be available on demand to viewers online or via cable VOD services. However, since subsequent re-airs will take place at various times, those photos will be blurred in future re-airs.”
A rare piece of good news for the USC basketball program. Derryck Thornton, who played at Duke last season, decided to transfer to USC over Kansas. He will sit out next season and have three years of eligibility.
One question is exactly who will be there when he becomes eligibile? Do you think forwards Bennie Boatwright and Chimezie Metu will be around in two years?
Sometimes it seems like the usual suspects just get thrown onto All-American teams Everyone goes with the same basic group. Phil Steele goes four deep (four!) for his preseason team and has JuJu Smith-Schuster (wide receiver) on his first team; Zach Banner (offensive tackle), Adoree Jackson (cornerback, punt returner) and Zach Smith (long snapper) on his second team; and Cameron Smith (linebacker) on his third team. Steele is at least meticulous with four long snappers.
Since spring practice ended, I’ve only heard concerns from within the football program about the defensive line. That should tell you how spring really went. There’s been talk of offensive lineman Chuma Edoga playing defense. I’ll believe that when it happens in a game.
And now Utah defensive lineman Steve Tu’ikolovatu, a graduate transfer, announced he will play for USC next season. Tu’ikolovatu is 25 and had 28 tackles last season, including six for loss with two sacks in 13 games.
It’s a no-risk addition for USC. But it also shows that all those sophomore defensive tackles are not quite ready for prime time. It’s not merely about replacing Kenny Bigelow. It’s about getting someone to perform. And that was a problem in the spring.
Here’s a clarification on Adoree Jackson’s status for the U.S. Olympic Trials. Because he obtained one of the top 24 marks in the nation, he is able to compete at the trials. But even if he wins the long jump there, he will not go to the Olympics without a qualifying standard. For footballf fans, this means Jackson will be tied up with track through at least early July.
Today is Al Cowlings’ 69th birthday. Ironic since he is a prime figure in ESPN’s O.J. Simpson documentary. Who knew O.J. stole Cowlings’ girl friend in high school and eventually married her?
Here’s an interesting photo of the 1968 USC-Oregon State game. Some of the players are Sandy Durko (76), Joe Obemma (34), Jim Snow (55), Jimmy Gunn (83), Cowlings (72), Bubba Scott (71) and Bob Jensen (51).
On this date in 1963, first baseman Gary Holman hit a two-run homer and center fielder Willie Brown went 2 for 3 and scored two runs as USC defeated Arizona, 5-2, to win the College World Series championship.
These days, it’s a big deal when Adoree Jackson does track and football. But Brown (pictured below) was a star USC football player and the original I-formation tailback who led the Trojans in rushing during their 1962 national championship season. So he won a football and baseball national title in the same school year. And Holman lettered in basketball in 1963, the same season he won the baseball title.