This & That — 5/14

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Here’s a couple of unrelated, intriguing tidbits to get you started for this week.

1)  Surprisingly, USC women have only won two conference track & field titles in their entire history  —   yesterday, and way back in 1996.

Conference titles in what is now Pac-12 women’s track have been awarded since 1987, with UCLA winning 16 times (none since 2004), Oregon winning 11 (USC broke the Ducks’ nine-year streak yesterday), Arizona State winning three times and Stanford once in 2005.

USC’s women captured the 2018 Pac-12 T&F crown by winning eight of the 20 events over Saturday and Sunday. They finished with 170 points, the second-most they have ever scored at the conference meet, to come from behind to beat the Oregon Ducks on Sunday.

2) It was truly a classic win by the USC women yesterday to capture the NCAA Water Polo national championship over Stanford, the only team to beat the 26-1 Trojans this entire season. USC had been picked to finish third in the preseason with Stanford the favorite.

Neither team scored in the 1st quarter and the Trojans never led until 30 seconds into the fourth. Stanford came back to tie it, 4-4, before sophomore Denise Mammolito put USC up for good with her hat trick low skipper goal, 5-4, with 1:57 to go.

USC goalie Amanda Longan, the tournament MVP, made 10 stops, the final one with 22 seconds to go, thwarting the Cardinal’s final real solid shot at tying the Trojans.

This victory gave USC head coach Jovan Vavic, already a Trojan legend, his 15th national championship  —  six women’s titles and nine men’s  —  all under Vavic’s watch.

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All the Dodgers’ naysayers can go out and eat some crow. Yes, they are off to a terrible start but were only 8 games out of first place as of Friday. It is now Sunday and they are suddenly 5 games out. I’d say they are in it.

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Never thought differently. My angst was created when I compared the incredible run the Dodgers had at one point last season, plus coming up 1 game short in the World Series to the “FACT” that they were off to the worst start in Dodger franchise history a mere 2 weeks ago. mad

But that was with only 25% of the season being played. So when Kershaw gets back in form soon, and given the way they seem too be playing now, I am hopeful John.

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USC Baseball shuts out the osu beavers. It’s the first time in two years that the beavers were shutout.

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Didn’t the Beavers start this series with USC ranked #2 in the nation? I’m fairly certain that’s what I heard.

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Ruins offer new sexual stress relief seminar…another instance of your tax dollars going the extra mile.
No wonder we haven’t heard from teddie lately.

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Trojans get their qb for the ‘19 class, Kedon Slovis commits this am.

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Anyone wanting to see the commitment video of Isaiah Mobley, here’s the link:

https://twitter.com/mobleyisaiah/status/997569198149648384?s=21

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Trojans add another commitment last night when they offered St Louis High School, Honolulu defensive lineman Gino Quinones. Gino, who was unrated prior to his commitment, accepted as quickly as he received his offer. Seems to be a common theme this spring.

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Here’s a little analysis from Blair Angulo:

“The 6-foot-4, 280-pound prospect visited USC last weekend while in the Los Angeles area to compete at Jesse Sapolu’s Super Linemen national challenge, where he was a standout at defensive end. He showed a relentless motor, used his hands well to shed blockers and flashed an array of counter moves to have success in pass-rush drills, helping his team to the tournament final. Offers from Arizona and Fresno State followed.”

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What is going on with the McNair trial? Ever since I had heard that a mistrial was going to be called if Juror #3 didn’t come around, I have heard zilch. What’s up?

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Well it’s after 5:30 on Friday the 18th. Any word on what happened at the McNair trial today?

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The Trojans get their second five star recruit in a week as Isaiah Mobley commits as expected..Some expect this to be the highest rated recruiting class in Trojan basketball history, we’ll see.

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Joey Kaufman of the OC Register took a look at USC’s federal tax return for 2016 and found that Clay Helton made about $2.6 million as a first-year head coach. That salary would have ranked 11th among the 12 Pac-12 coaches.

For a comparison to previous USC coaches, Steve Sarkisian made about $3.7 million in his first season in 2014 and Lane Kiffin about $2.4 million in 2010.

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Allow me to interrupt our current obsession with the McNair trial to express another bummer — at least it is for this Dodger fan. They can’t hit, their two best pitchers are on the injury list and they don’t have the chemistry they had last season. Only Alfred E. Newman, rumored too be a totally dedicated Dodger fan, would say “what me worry.” cry

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Over before it even started?

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What’s wrong with the Pac12? Well there’s not enough space here to list… however there’s a good cbssports.com read and here’s a little excerpt.

“Klatt also noted, again accurately, that USC played 12 consecutive weeks with no byes. The last 11 of those games were against Power Five opponents. Alabama did not win its conference, played only eight Power Five opponents and enjoyed two byes. And yet, the Tide got to the playoff. “That’s absurd,” Klatt said. “That’s not even in the same hemisphere as the same difficulty.” Did you hear any of that from the Pac-12 itself?”

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Glad to hear someone not from the pac 12 mention this.

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Has there ever been a more successful SC coach than Jovan?

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This must be a bad day for the Trojans. There is another investigative piece in the LA Times today about USC. It’s not about sports but about the gynecologist at the student health center. Once again, the administration chose to cover their eyes and do nothing when they got complaints about him. Then Max Nikias, on the eve of publishing the piece, came out of hiding and wrote a letter saying in hindsight they should have reported the doctor to the medical board. It’s no wonder fundraising is down. This group can’t run the sport’s program., much less the university.

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Well crap. Jury wants to know what they do if they are deadlocked.

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Guess they just asked for a poster board and markers.

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What’s up buddy. Very cool story about Randal Grimes on TOS. The birth of his daughter but a story to remember for sure with lots of humor.

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McNair Jury wants to see the transcript of Todd McNair’s trial testimony. I think that will make Todd McNair a little nervous. It makes me a little nervous.

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Did anyone else hear about five-star 2019 recruit Onyeka Okongwu will play his college basketball at USC, he tells 247Sports.?

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Yup, he is preceding his Compton Elite teammate and son of new asst coach. All indications are this will be the top rated class in SC basketball history..there’s a very short announcement video on Twitter.

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The name of the AAU team is Compton Magic. Sorry for the mistake above..

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Jalen Greene will now head to Utah State rather than Illinois for his final season of eligibility

Good luck Jalen!

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Congratulations to all the women and their families who supported them from youth to the Championship podiums.Countless hours of dedication, with back stories that would fill volumes. Just a note about Oregon Track. I looked a couple weeks ago at top marks in different events. What really struck me in maybe 4 or 5 the Ducks had 5-7 of the top Ladies.Oregon Track ,especially women has kept the college sport hot for 10 years now. I don’t know how many athletes are on their roster, but they certainly provide a place for young women ( of course men too) to… Read more »