The Daily News has compiled its annual top 50 most powerful in Southern California list. USC president Max Nikias and USC football Clay Helton both made the list. Has Nikias ever been more powerful? He has hired his personal choices for athletic director twice in the past six years and was recently appointed chair of the College Football Playoff Board of Managers.
Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott made $4 million in the latest Pac-12 tax return. And you still can’t watch the Pac-12 Network on DirecTV. But never fear: The Pac-12 Network’s president, Lydia Murphy Stephens, made $1.247 million in 2014-15. Remember that if you get the network and still can’t get the games you want next season under the new regional format that became noticeable during basketball season. Forget the salaries, it’s all about the athletes, as the conference frequently reminds us.
UPDATED: Murphy Stephens made almost as much as the Pac-12 gave each school ($1.4 million).
Petros Papadakis addressed yesterday’s Reggie Bush interview on the Colin Cowherd radio show and took offense to Bush’s comments that some issues with his relationship need to get fixed and he did not like how he was treated at the end.
Here’s some excerpts from Petros and Money: “Reggie Bush, just the same BS he’s been spewing for years. When will Reggie ever explain why he and his family never cooperated with the NCAA investigators even though it would have considerably helped USC?
“Don’t try to talk about what happened at USC if you’re never going to be candid about it. He lied about his relationship with USC.
“I think it’s pretty insulting to USC. He lied about his relationship with USC. An entire generation of football players at USC gets screwed. He’s got to answer for that.”
USC athletic director Pat Haden made $2.9 million in 2014 according to university tax returns obtained by USA Today. Steve “Total Success” Sarkisian made $3.7 million while Andy Enfield made $1.9 million.
I can only imagine what some athletic dept. employees think when they see these figures. Sarkisian went 9-4 in 2014. Hey, pretty good when you consider last year’s 8-6 record. Enfield won two Pac-12 Conference games in 2014. Haden hired them.
So back to the original question: Who was the most overpaid? And don’t think Lynn Swann wasn’t fully aware of Haden’s salary when he negotiated his deal.
— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) May 17, 2016
USC coach Clay Helton wants ex-tailback Reggie Bush to return to the program, with last year’s pre-game visit to the team at the Pac-12 title game the first step. But Bush told Colin Cowherd today the relationship still has issues.
Cowherd: “You were flashy, and fun, and dynamic, and winning. Then all of the sudden, all the bad stuff comes in. And then you’re persona non grata at USC, ‘Bad guy Reggie Bush.’ Do you feel comfortable even going to practice (at USC) and being around (the program). There is this weird sense ‘Don’t talk about it with Reggie!’ What are you and USC like now?”
Bush: “We still have a relationship. They’ve asked me back a few times to come out and run the team out into the stadium and a few other things…”
Cowherd: “How come you don’t?”
Bush: “I don’t think I’m ready yet. There’s still some things that have to get fixed.”
Cowherd: “Like what?”
Bush: “I don’t want to go into details…(laughing)?”
Cowherd: “Be as honest as you can be…You didn’t feel you were always treated well at the end, right?”
Bush: “Yeah, that’s part of it. And then there were some other things too, but I think it’s slowly, it may get there. But like I said, there’s still some things that need to get fixed and some things that have to happen. But I will always, always have love for USC and that will always be home for me.”
USC center Toa Lobendahn has made the watch list for the Rimington Trophy, which goes to the nation’s top center. Full list after the jump:
Will Alabama remain a 10-point (or 13-point) favorite now that star left tackle Cam Robinson was arrested for felony illegal possession of firearms? Robinson and defensive back Hootie Jones were also arrested for narcotics possession. Story here