Long-snapper Peter McBride is no longer on the USC football roster. In December he missed a practice and was told he could not travel to the Holiday Bowl. He then decided to go home to Arizona for the rest of the Christmas break. Also missing is tight end Chris Willson, who considered applying for a sixth year after breaking his foot in the season opener against Fresno State.
USC will have 10 of its 15 spring practices open to the public that take place at Cromwell Field. If you are familiar with Cromwell Field, it would be pretty hard (and petty) to try and stop the public from watching through its wrought iron fences so it makes sense to open practices. The public must watch from the bleachers. Coliseum practices appear to be closed except for the spring game.
Although a committee usually decides who receives honorary degrees, USC president Max Nikias told me he chose Pete Carroll to be a recipient. Nikias also said Carroll will definitely appear two weeks after the NFL draft. Remember, Carroll did not appear at the USC game against Oregon State announcing his induction the Hall of Fame despite the Seahawks having a bye.
USC point guard Jordan McLaughlin is going to need surgery on at least one and probably both shoulders, Coach Andy Enfield said tonight. McLaughlin will require about six months to recover once he has surgery. McLaughlin underwent surgery after his senior year at Etiwanda for a torn labrum. Enfield said his shoulders keep popping out of his shoulders.
“Most likely he will have surgery on both shoulders,” Enfield said.
The question now is whether USC needs to scramble to sign another point guard. I’ve heard USC has been actively recruiting senior guards so maybe the answer is yes.