When you are the USC track coach and relied on Adoree Jackson to pretty much be your men’s team’s singlehandedly by running the sprints, relays and the long jump at every big meet, it is probably not a good idea to alienate his mentor/high school coach. Read here.
I mentioned a couple weeks ago that former USC administrator Daryl Gross was taking over for Mike Garrett at Cal State Los Angeles and now it’s official as Gross was named executive director for athletics.
“I look forward to building on Mike’s foundation and carrying the torch in a way that is truly extraordinary,” Gross said. “Our goals will include graduating our student athletes while providing them a championship experience that will help them become leaders who make an impact on society. They will carry on in the tradition of alumni such as the great Billie Jean King.”
Cal State L.A. remains USC East.
Najee Harris, who is rated the top tailback in the nation and No. 2 player overall by Rivals.com, is at the USC Rising Stars Camp this morning. Harris is committed to Alabama but USC is recruiting him hard. Also at the camp is offensive tackle Alex Leatherwood, who is also committed to Alabama.
Clay Helton is ranked No. 86 in Athlon’s list of all 128 college football coaches by Athlon. Helton is ahead of Georgia State’s Trent Miles but behind Missouri’s Barry Odom. Who the hell even knows how you make these rankings? I’m not opposed to ranking Helton No. 86, I just wonder what makes Odom No. 85. He hired former USC defensive line coach Chris Wilson, after all. The full list is here.
College football analyst Phil Steele usually ranks USC too high. Last year he had the Trojans No. 3. So I’m a bit surprised he has USC 25th in his preseason top 25. You can read his preview here.