Ed Orgeron succeeded as USC interim coach and LSU interim coach, in part because he changed from the mini-dictator ways he exhibited at Mississippi. Earlier this week, he was criticized because LSU appeared to be using political pressure to get satellite camps in Louisiana canceled that involved Texas schools.
Now he has blocked former LSU offensive lineman Willie Allen from transferring to any SEC school . . . and TCU. Apparently, he is upset that Class of 2018 QB Justin Rogers of Louisiana has committed to TCU.
This is the kind of mindset that got Orgeron in trouble at Mississippi.
I think Cliff Robinson is an underappreciated USC basketball player — not even on the ballot for the USC Hall of Fame — despite being the 11th pick in the 1979 NBA draft and playing in the league until 1989. He averaged 18.7 points for the Washington Bullets in 1985-86. Here he is above in 1979 vs. UCLA at the Sports Arena.
Remember, summer workouts are when players try different spots they may or may not play or even practice during the real season. Defensive tackle Jacob Daniel played right guard during today’s summer workout. Is he going to be another Jordan Simmons, flipping between the offensive and defensive line. One thing was clear in the spring: The coaches didn’t seem to have him play much on defense. But USC’s offensive line isn’t exactly crying out for a converted defensive tackle either.
Fox Sports is taking over the Holiday Bowl from ESPN. This generally means an inferior broadcast from a production standpoint, in my opinion. If Joel Klatt is doing the game that would be a plus. But after going to two Holiday Bowls, let’s hope USC never goes to one again.
The NCAA suspended Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino for five Atlantic Coast Conference games following its sex scandal investigation. The Cardinals might also have to vacate their national title in 2013. There are also some scholarship reductions and recruiting restrictions.
“We feel remorse and extreme regret for everything that went on in that dormitory, but this is over the top,” Pitino said.
We can debate whether this is a fitting punishment. But here is what I do know: No school has suffered any penalties close to what USC got since the Trojans were put on sanctions in 2010. None.
In fact, USC basketball’s sanctions were pretty similar to what Louisville just got (one year postseason ban, scholarship reductions, vacated victories) and I’d say there was a lot less control going on at Louisville. But this is the pattern from the NCAA, which lost its appetite for harsh sanctions after USC.