USC is not a basketball school. The downside is the consistently low-attendance figures. The upside for a coach is that the program escapes scrutiny that schools like UCLA, Arizona or even Oregon face in the Pac-12.
For example, is anyone even discussing whether forward Chimezie Metu deserves any type of punishment for attempting to trip an Oregon player and following up with a slap on the back of another Oregon player that resulted in a flagrant foul?
The Pac-12 appears to be leaving it up to USC. That means Andy Enfield must decide. Will he do anything? USC plays UCLA on Saturday so there’s little incentive to bench Metu. And even less incentive when nobody cares. That’s the good part of coaching basketball at USC, from a coach’s perspective.
Quarterback Matt Corral, who is committed to USC, said on twitter he found a “new home” after leaving Oaks Christian last week. He did not name the school and it’s not known if he picked a permanent destination or a school that he will use to merely finish out this year.
St. Bonaventure, Chaminade and Westlake are all schools that would likely welcome him. Meanwhile, I’ve heard the incident that caused Corral to leave involved a well-known student at Oaks Christian. That explains his comment, “I ran into problems at a school that is biased towards money.”
Stan Smith is one of the greatest tennis players in USC history but he is best known for a shoe. Here’s a nice look at Smith’s fame and how popular that plain white shoe with his face on the tongue has been for decades. Full story here