Morning Buzz: USC Picked To Finish Second In Pac-12 South

The Pac-12 preseason media poll is out and USC is picked to finish second behind UCLA. Stanford is picked to win the Pac-12 North and Pac-12 title.

North Division South Division
1. Stanford (24) 186 1. UCLA (19) 180
2. Washington (8) 163 2. USC (12) 173
3. Oregon (1) 132 3. Utah (2) 127
4. Washington State 112 4. Arizona 87
5. California 67 5. Arizona State 85
6. Oregon State 33 6. Colorado 63

PAC-12 TITLE GAME CHAMPION: Stanford (20 votes)

Others receiving votes: USC (5), Washington (4), UCLA (3), Utah (1)

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Pac-12 Vs. SEC

The Pac-12 moved its media days to an earlier-than-ever mid-July in order to piggyback off the ESPYs, an easy-to-ignore TV event. But the Pac-12 media days are also going against SEC media week.

Today’s testy exchange between Nick Saban and Paul Finebaum only brought more focus on the SEC. Can you imagine anything like that happening at the sleepy Pac-12 media days? The press conferences are usually boring. About the only interesting thing that happens is if Pat Haden releases an embarassing video saying he fully supports Lane Kiffin the day before and then fires him less than three months later. But Kiffin is gone and so are the fireworks.

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Hayes Pullard Football Camp At Crenshaw High School

Former USC linebacker Hayes Pullard, now with the Jacksonville Jaguars, holds a free football camp Saturday at his alma mater, Crenshaw High School in Los Angeles. It starts at 9 a.m. for children ages 8 and older.

Among those scheduled to appear are Buffalo Bills WR Robert Woods, Jacksonville Jaguars WR Marqise Lee, Cleveland Browns TE Randall Telfer, Tennessee Titans DE Antwaun Woods, Washington Redskins RB Silas Redd, Dallas Cowboys LB Keith Smith, San Diego Chargers CB Greg Ducre, Seattle Seahawks WR Paul Richardson, Carolina Panthers S Bene Benwikere and San Francisco 49ers C Marcus Martin.

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Another Coliseum Improvement

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This is worth repeating even though it might not actually take shape until 2019. But the Coliseum peristyle is going to be free of video boards once the renovation is complete. Two new video boards will be constructed. You can see one in this rendering, between the new pressbox and the peristyle. Another benefit should be the removal of those tent suites that currently block the view of the peristyle on game days.

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Flash! Nick Saban Is Prickly Self

Alabama coach Nick Saban indicated highly regarded offensive lineman Cam Robinson might play against USC and disciplined internally following his May arrest and subsequent dropping of the charges. And Saban was testy during SEC media day talking about it.

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USC Morning Buzz: Is It Cardinal and Gold Or Crimson And Gold?

CRIMSON.GOLDUSC’s undergone perhaps its biggest overhaul with logos and graphics this year. As you can see above, there are specific color schemes for using the SC interlock logo. But click and enlarge the above picture to see the fine print at the bottom of the graphic: “Note: Do Not Use 2 Color SC Logo On Crimson Or Gold Background.”

Crimson?!?!? Are we talking about Harvard or USC? Is the booster group “Crimson and Gold.” And this is an official university document, folks.

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New Lights At Coliseum

COLISEUM.MARCHHere is an article in Variety that paints a generally downbeat picture on the state of the Coliseum. One improvement: New lighting. “USC — the stadium’s primary tenant — was planning on upgrading the incandescent lights in 2017. But with the arrival of the Rams, the school decided to go ahead and get the work done. The LED lights going up now will be brighter — making games look better on TV — and more energy efficient.”

The article states USC will pause construction in 2018 (the Rams’ last season) and finish in 2019. Wonder how the stadium will look in that 2018 season?

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