USC and UC Irvine split two games the past two nights. But there are now two notable facts as the Trojans and Anteaters met again. Former USC and current UC Irvine baseball coach Mike Gillespie is going strong as he turns 77 next month. And Gillespie is 15-5 against USC since he took over at Irvine.
Imagine USC firing its football coach after the season and still not hiring a replacement 47 days later. Imagine during that time Jack Del Rio just coached another college team to a successful season 15 miles away and took the Washington job instead for more money than USC would offer. Imagine Sam Darnold tweeting that the players will just coach themselves. Imagine a story being written that the athletic director delayed the search to attend the Master’s.
This is exactly what’s happened with the USC women’s basketball coaching search. Is women’s basketball anywhere near as important as football? Of course not. But this doesn’t exactly inspire confidence if there is a football coaching search.
UPDATED: I could have added that the nation’s leading scorer was released from her letter of intent with USC and is now looking for another school. Imagine the football of equivalent of that.
Shareef O’Neal, a forward at Windward in Los Angeles, committed to Arizona this morning. He also considered USC, UCLA and Kentucky. That should be a relief for anyone who would have needed to squeeze into a seat at the Galen Center next to his father.
USC senior associate athletic director Magdi El Shahawy is a finalist to become athletic director at Long Beach State.
Meanwhile, the No. 1-ranked USC beach volleyball team swept Stanford, 5-0, in the first-ever meeting between the two schools at the Stanford Beach Volleyball Stadium. USC has won 56 consecutive dual matches
Now that Duke guard Grayson Allen is returning for his senior season and USC forward Chimezie Metu is coming back for his junior year, Andy Enfield should immediately call Duke and schedule a game. Maybe Duke won’t play USC with former point guard Derryck Thornton eligible next season.
Then Enfield should call North Carolina. Or Kansas. Or Florida. Or West Virginia. Or Gonzaga. Somebody. Anybody.
Here is the point: USC basketball fans, specifically season-ticket holders, deserve much better next season. Especially if the team is going to be good.
The Pac-12 Network said during Saturday’s scrimmage that USC has been ranked in the preseason Top 10 on 21 occassions since 1979. The Trojans finished lower than their preseason ranking 15 times and finished unranked five times, per the network.
Cowherd attended Saturday’s scrimmage and of course immediately figured out “that team’s gonna play for the national title. That’s the best defense since Pete Carroll.”
He figured that out off a “scrimmage” that was actually a glorified practice where Sam Darnold threw six passes. But that is why he is a genius. I’m sure these comments will make his USC friends (including those in the media who suck up to him) happy.
As USC heads toward the 2017, where do the Trojans lack depth or talent to handle a key injury? I’ve compiled a few spots where one injury will not make it close to impossible for USC to make the College Football Playoff.
Excerpt: Clay Helton was asked Saturday if freshman Michael Brown was the starter in his mind? Helton would not confirm Brown would be the Trojans’ kicker but no one else attempted a field goal during the spring scrimmage. Brown had seven attempts and made five with a long of 50.
USC forward Chimezie Metu announced on Instagram he would return to USC for his junior season. Metu is smart because the draft will be weaker next season. So now Andy Enfield can beef up the schedule, right?