USC’s Official Policy on NIL

This is my understanding from the people I have spoken to at USC; USC does not have a school sponsored collective and does not want to be afilliated with one because they do not want to be associated with the appearances of ‘pay for play’. They (USC) feel that there are more than enough agents in Los Angeles so that any athlete can find out what their NIL worth might be if they are able to play for USC.

The following NIL Policy Information was received from the USC Athletic Department:

The vision of USC Athletics is to have the most student-athlete centered athletics program in the nation. In alignment with that vision, we support the ability of our student-athletes to earn compensation from third parties for the use of their name, image, and likeness (“NIL”), consistent with university policy and California’s Fair Pay to Play Act.

It is each student-athlete’s responsibility to review this policy closely and to comply with this policy, NCAA rules, and applicable law. Questions about this policy may be raised to the Athletics Department.

USC Athletics Student-Athlete Name, Image, and Likeness (NIL) Policy
Applies to: Students, Employees, Volunteers, and Athletic Boosters

1. Policy
Issued: July 13, 2021
Last Revised: December 6, 2021
Last Reviewed: December 6, 2021

2. Policy Purpose
The vision of USC is to have the most student-athlete centered athletics program in the nation. In alignment with that vision, we support the ability of our student-athletes to earn compensation from third parties for the use of their name, image, and likeness (“NIL”), consistent with this Policy and California’s Fair Pay to Play Act. It is USC’s desire to provide student-athletes with the same rights immediately as of the effective date of this Policy and for the Policy’s provisions to be interpreted and applied consistently with the statutory language and intent of the Fair Pay to Play Act.

Purpose and Interpretation

The purpose of this policy is to empower student-athletes to earn NIL compensation in a manner that is consistent with NCAA rules, California state law, and the culture and mission of USC. It is each student-athlete’s responsibility to understand and comply with this policy, NCAA rules, and applicable law. Student-athletes are encouraged to review this policy closely, consult with trusted representatives, and share it with potential professional service providers and sponsors. Questions about this policy may be raised to the Athletics Department. Importantly, this policy is expected to evolve over time as laws, rules, and guidance change, and as the university learns more about how to best foster this new opportunity for its student-athletes.

Prospective student-athletes should consult their state laws and high school athletics associations regarding questions pertaining to NIL compensation and high school eligibility.

It is USC’s intent that this policy be interpreted consistently with the language and intent of California law and Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 (Title IX). To the extent that NCAA rules or other rules conflict with California law and/or Title IX, USC, USC employees, and student-athletes must follow California law and Title IX rather than conflicting NCAA rules or other rules.

3. Scope and Application
All university students, employees, volunteers, and athletic boosters must adhere to this policy, which also acts as a guide for student-athlete representatives and other third parties with interests in NIL activity.

4. Policy Details and Definitions
A. NIL Compensation Permitted. Student-athletes may earn compensation from third parties as a result of the use of their NIL. Examples of permissible NIL activity include appearance in television, print, or social media advertisements for commercial products or services; sale of autographs; conducting camps; and personal appearances by a student-athlete.

B. Prohibited Compensation Arrangements. For the avoidance of doubt, NIL compensation may not include any of the following:

Compensation in exchange for a student-athlete’s athletic participation or performance at USC (i.e., “pay-for-play”);
Compensation in exchange for a student-athlete’s decision to attend USC (i.e., improper recruiting inducements); and
Compensation for work not performed (i.e., sham agreements with third parties in which a student-athlete does not provide a legitimate NIL-related service).
C. Conflicts with USC Team Contracts. State law prohibits student-athletes from entering into NIL contracts that conflict with USC’s team contracts. For example, during official team activities student-athletes may be prohibited from promoting products or services that compete with Nike, Coca-Cola, Powerade, Muscle Milk, and United Airlines.

D. Disclosure of Student-Athlete NIL Contracts. Student-athletes must disclose all NIL contracts to USC’s Associate Vice President for Athletic Compliance, by submitting a disclosure form using the INFLCR software application. All NIL contracts must be disclosed, regardless of the amount of compensation and regardless of whether the agreement is oral or in writing. This disclosure to USC is required by law and necessary for USC to determine whether a conflict exists between a student-athlete’s proposed NIL contract and a USC team contract. Student-athletes are strongly encouraged to refrain from finalizing NIL contracts until after USC has completed its review for conflicts. In the event USC determines that a conflict exists, it will disclose that conflict to the student-athlete and/or their representative.

E. Permitted Times for NIL Activities. USC expects that student-athletes will not engage in NIL activities that interfere with official team activities or academic activities (e.g., during class, study hall, exams, and assessments). Students are responsible for any consequences related to missing team or academic activities due to NIL activities or any other non-excused purpose consistent with USC policy.

F. Use of USC Marks.

Generally:

USC’s rights to its marks and other intellectual property are controlled and protected by federal and state law. Anyone who uses USC’s marks is allowed to do so only if the user of the marks has obtained a written license from the USC Office of Trademarks & Licensing Services (“TLS”). For student-athletes who want to use USC’s marks in connection with their NIL rights, there are additional considerations and requirements due to NCAA regulations and state law. This section sets forth those additional considerations and requirements.

Like any student or person who wants to use USC’s marks, a student-athlete must obtain prior written approval from the university to use USC uniforms, team apparel, gear, logos, trademarks, word marks, photos, videos, and other intellectual property owned by USC (collectively, “Marks”) in connection with NIL activities. USC reserves the right to pursue legal recourse against any individual or entity that utilizes USC Marks without express written permission to do so.

USC’s approval of the use of its Marks is subject to USC’s sole discretion consistent with all legal and regulatory requirements. USC will only approve the use of Marks for entities that are equal opportunity employers and will not approve the use of USC Marks in connection with NIL activities that conflict with team and sponsor contracts, that involve entities competing with our sponsors, that involve gambling, drugs, pornography, alcohol, tobacco, firearms, or any other activities or products that reflect poorly on the university and/or are inconsistent with the university’s Code of Ethics (https://policy.usc.edu/code-of-ethics/) and its values, including the core values of diversity, equity, and inclusion (https://diversity.usc.edu/), all of which are determined at the sole discretion of the university (collectively referred to as “Unapproved Uses”).

Definitions:

USC Licensee: an entity that has entered into a contractual agreement with TLS to produce and sell USC licensed consumer products (i.e., apparel, collectibles, trading cards, etc.)
USC Corporate Sponsor: a company or other entity that enters into a contractual agreement with USC Athletics to utilize USC intellectual property for the purpose of marketing, advertising, or other promotional initiatives
Co-branding: merchandising, sponsorship, or other types of promotional activities that involve USC’s intellectual property and student-athlete NIL
Approval process for NIL merchandising opportunities involving USC Marks:

Student-athlete NIL activities involving products or merchandise must be coordinated through a USC Licensee.
Existing USC Licensees: Student-athletes may enter into NIL agreements with existing university Licensees to develop and market co-branded licensed products (i.e., apparel, headwear, collectibles, etc.) using USC trademarks, provided that the student-athletes inform USC about the NIL agreement through the INFLCR app, as detailed in Section D of this policy. It is the responsibility of the USC Licensee to then seek and receive approval for the actual use of Marks from the TLS, which will consider requests pursuant to its normal procedures as detailed on its website (https://trademarks.usc.edu/). TLS will not approve any Unapproved Uses.
Potential new USC Licensees: USC will review and consider pursuant to TLS’s normal procedures (as detailed on its website https://trademarks.usc.edu) any new potential USC Licensees that are interested in entering into agreements with student- athletes and the university to create co-branded licensed products. USC will not grant any new licenses that would involve Unapproved Uses.
For requests or questions on NIL merchandising opportunities, please contact TLS: https://trademarks.usc.edu/.

Approval process For NIL Corporate Sponsor opportunities involving USC Marks:

Existing USC Athletics Corporate Sponsors: Student-athletes may enter into NIL agreements with existing USC Athletics Corporate Sponsors to develop co-branded marketing, advertising, or other promotional opportunities using USC intellectual property, provided that the student-athletes inform USC about the NIL agreement through the INFLCR app, as detailed in Section D of this policy. It is the responsibility of the USC Corporate Sponsor to then seek and receive approval for the actual use of Marks from USC Athletics, which will consider requests pursuant to its normal procedures. USC Athletics will not approve any Unapproved Uses.
Potential new USC Athletics Corporate Sponsors: USC Athletics will review and consider pursuant to its normal procedures any new Corporate Sponsors that are interested in entering into agreements with student-athletes and the university to develop co-branded marketing, advertising, or other promotional opportunities using USC intellectual property. USC will not agree to agreements with any new Corporate Sponsors that would involve Unapproved Uses.
Approval Process for other requests to use USC Marks (other than merchandising and Corporate Sponsor opportunities)

Other requests to use USC Marks must be provided to USC through the INFLCR app. The use of USC Marks is not permitted merely upon submission of the request to USC, but rather only if and when USC informs the student-athlete in writing that the Marks have been approved for use. The scope of use of the Marks shall be limited to the use approved by USC in writing and for no other use.
USC will not approve the use of Marks for Unapproved Uses.
A student-athlete’s use of the Marks must not give the impression that the student-athlete NIL activity is sponsored or endorsed by USC. If USC determines in its sole discretion that specific student-athlete NIL activities or use of USC Marks create a risk of confusion as to USC’s affiliation with the activities, USC may require that the student-athlete cease the offending use and/or clarify through written disclaimers or otherwise that USC is not affiliated with and does not endorse the activities.
Provided that the student-athlete requests through INFLCR the authorization to use Marks, if USC determines in its sole discretion that the proposed use would not be prohibited by the requirements and prohibitions enumerated in this Policy, USC will permit the following uses of its Marks in student-athlete NIL activities:

Uses that are purely descriptive in nature (i.e., student-athletes describes themselves as a “USC student-athlete” or participating in a specific sport, “USC basketball player”)
uses in which USC’s trademarks or other intellectual property are a nominal element of a non-commercial aspect of student-athlete NIL activity. For example, the wearing of USC apparel at live events will typically be a permitted incidental use; however, the wearing of apparel in promotions pictures, videos, or advertisements is typically commercial activity beyond incidental use. As these distinctions highlight, it is imperative that student-athletes receive advance authorization from USC for any use of Marks pursuant to this Policy, obtain a written license for any commercial use, and limit their use of the Marks to what is authorized by USC in writing.
To submit requests or questions regarding NIL descriptive fair use and/or other types of incidental uses, please contact USC’s Director of NIL Services: nilhotline@usc.edu.

Denied Requests

If a request to use Marks for student-athlete NIL activities is denied, the requesting party may request reconsideration of that decision by contacting USC’s Director of NIL Services: nilhotline@usc.edu. The goal of that reconsideration process will be for USC and the student-athlete to work together to arrive at a resolution acceptable to the student-athlete and consistent with this Policy. This process may include, among other things, USC correcting erroneous decisions and/or student-athletes providing additional or modified information or proposals for USC to consider.

G. Use of USC Facilities. Student-athletes may not use USC facilities, staff, or other resources in connection with NIL activities without prior written approval from USC, and such use must comply with USC’s standard policies and practices (e.g., execution of a facility rental agreement).

H. Risk of Confusion. If USC determines, in its sole discretion, that certain NIL activities involving a student-athlete’s use of USC marks or facilities create a risk of confusion as to USC’s affiliation with such activities, USC may require the student-athlete to clarify through written disclaimers or otherwise that USC is not affiliated with and does not endorse the activities. USC may also require that the student-athlete cease unauthorized use of USC marks or facilities.

I. Professional Representation. Student-athletes may obtain professional representation from persons licensed by the State of California (e.g., agents, lawyers, and other professionals) to advise them regarding the use of their NIL. Professional representation must be reported to the Office of Athletic Compliance.

J. Boosters. Representatives of USC’s athletic interests are permitted to enter into NIL contracts with student-athletes, subject to the provisions of this Policy and applicable NCAA rules (e.g., prohibitions on “pay-for-play” arrangements and improper recruiting inducements).

K. Inappropriate Sponsorships. To protect and present an appropriate image, USC does not enter into sponsorship agreements involving certain products and services. USC strongly discourages student-athletes from entering into NIL contracts related to illegal substances, illegal conduct, or anything else, including but not limited to sports wagering and supplements that might impact their NCAA eligibility or long-term best interests. USC strongly encourages student-athletes to only work with entities that equitably and respectfully promote athletic accomplishment, resist objectification and sexualization of student-athletes, adhere to anti-racist practices, and engage in practices that are consistent with the university’s culture for a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment, including those that enforce prohibitions on discrimination and harassment on the basis of race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, and all other characteristics protected by law.

L. USC Employees.

California law does not prohibit USC employees from participating in or facilitating the NIL activities of student- athletes. However, to protect the best interests of USC’s student-athletes and prevent conflicts of interest, or the appearance of conflicts of interest, and violations of NCAA rules or University policy, USC employees may not:
Accept any compensation or benefits of any kind, for assisting in the identification, development, operation, or promotion of a NIL compensation opportunity involving a USC student-athlete, or for any related work performed with respect to student-athlete NIL activities;
Act as an agent or professional service provider for a student-athlete or otherwise negotiate NIL contracts on behalf of a USC student-athlete;
Solicit NIL opportunities for a USC student-athlete without receiving prior university approval to do so;
Offer any guarantees of present or future NIL compensation as a recruiting inducement or otherwise; or
Provide direct or indirect compensation to a USC student-athlete for the use of the student-athlete’s NIL or direct any individual to provide payment to a USC student-athlete for the use of the student-athlete’s NIL.
Unless otherwise directed, USC employees are encouraged to refer NIL requests to the Director of NIL Services (nilhotline@usc.edu).

M. Scholarships and Financial Aid. Compensation earned by student-athletes in exchange for NIL activities will not impact any scholarships provided by USC. However, NIL compensation may affect a student-athlete’s eligibility to receive need-based financial aid (e.g., Pell Grant, University Grant).

N. Compliance with Other Laws, USC Policies, and NCAA Rules. Notwithstanding the foregoing, student-athletes are expected to comply with all other applicable laws, including tax laws, university policies, and NCAA rules, including but not limited to Article 12 of the NCAA Bylaws (Amateurism and Athletics Eligibility). In addition, international student-athletes should consider consulting with government agencies for guidance related to visa and tax implications.

5. Procedures:
N/A

6. Forms:
N/A

7. Responsibilities
Refer to the Policy Details and Definitions section

8. Related Information
Athletics Department Webpage for Prospective Student-Athletes: https://usctrojans.com/sports/2017/6/15/genrel-usc-recruiting-html.aspx

Policies or website for rental of facilities, including e.g., Trojan Event Services: https://trojanevents.usc.edu/

Trojan Event Service site: https://trojanevents.usc.edu/outdoor-venues/outdoor-venue-request-form/

9. Contacts
Please direct any questions regarding this policy to:

OFFICE PHONE EMAIL
Athletics Department 213-740-3843 NILHotline@usc.edu.
10. Policy URL:  https://policy.usc.edu/usc-athletics-student-athlete/

 

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5 Pac 12 teams in the NCAA tournament and no USC. Time for Bohn to go find a great Baseball coach and invest in whatever the program needs. If Stanford and OSU can do it so can USC.

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I have my sincere concerns about whether USC can ever become great in baseball again. If Bohn can somehow USC fix baseball too, and overcome USC’s past “gross mismanagement” of the sport, he needs a McKay-like statue on campus. Right now, USC would be lucky to be simply decent, which would be a big upgrade. The program has been really bad for a long, long time. I know for sure I wouldn’t still be bringing up Dedeaux’s phenomenal reign (which ended way back in 1986) if I were talking to fans of teams who are actually consistently competitive in today’s… Read more »

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Hey if they can pay Lindsay Gottlieb 7 figures then they have the dough for a top baseball coach. Bohn can do it if their is a will.

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Sadly, I’m not holding my breath for USC baseball, poor guys. I’m not holding my breath for women’s hoops either, especially after Gottlieb’s dismal first-year 5-12 (.294) Pac-12 record. I get it. Give her time. Unfortunately, that might be what Gottlieb’s opponents are saying behind the scenes as well. Who knows? 52-yr old Jason Gill came to USC baseball from Loyola (where he was consistently mediocre at best for 11 years) and has been a massive flop in Trojanland, going 21-39 in the Pac-12 so far. Early on I had high hopes for Gill (just an optimist, I guess), but… Read more »

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USC Still Looking To Add Players Antonio Morales (The Athletic) — “Lincoln Riley telegraphed just how active USC was going to be in the portal when he said the Trojans would add “double-digit” transfers following their first spring practice. He has followed that up by making USC the Pac-12’s most active program in the portal over the past two months. “The Trojans have added eight transfers since April, none more impactful than former Pitt receiver and Biletnikoff Award winner Jordan Addison, who gives USC’s offense a true No. 1 target in the passing game. Addison raises the ceiling for USC’s first year under Riley.… Read more »

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Just read a sensational Memorial Day WSJ article about Ben Solamon, a USC dentist who served in the Pacific and won the Medal of Honor. Scott Wolf linked to it. Probably the first time I have opened his blog. I was referred to it by another Trojan blog. It is just sensational.

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We dentists can be superheroes on occasion. Fight On, forever Dr. Ben!

It is amazing how the technicality of his Red Cross band delayed his well-deserved recognition for heroism against the death cult that was the Japanese Army.

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2023 NFL Draft: USC’s Jordan Addison among Pac-12’s most intriguing prospects “Thanks to Lincoln Riley and Caleb Williams, the eyes of college football were already being pulled toward Los Angeles in 2022. Now, with the addition of the reigning Biletnikoff Award winner Jordan Addison, USC is appointment viewing in a way it hasn’t been since 2017. Addison averaged 16 yds per reception and scored 17 TDs last season for Pittsburgh, and the receiver talent he’ll be surrounded by this season might open up more one-on-one opportunities for him to exploit. “Addison is more than a high-volume receiver who eats up targets on underneath… Read more »

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My flag is up all weekend. RIP warriors, and thanks for giving everything for your country.

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This weekend starts Patriot Days for me. The flag is up from Memorial Day, through D-Day, Flag Day and ending with Independence Day. Not sure when to Trojan Flag will go up.

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That’s cool Golden, maybe I will leave mine up, it is lit up at night.

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Apparently, these are pictures of ChiCom fighter jets…oops!

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This latest addition to the USC football program is just another example of LR’s superiority on the recruiting trail, as well as his ability to fill gaps, while not just adding talent.

Jake Jensen (6-2, 210), the BYU/Contra Costa College transfer QB who basically just sideswiped NEW MEX after his mission in exchange for a shot at wearing the Cardinal and Gold, and probably always riding the bench, gives LR yet another piece to his program rehab jigsaw puzzle.

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USC lands three on the All-time All-Transfer team (Mike Huguenin — On3.com) RB O.J. Simpson: City College of San Francisco, then USC The skinny: Everybody knows about the off-the-field Simpson. On the field, he was one of the greatest running backs in football history. He starred for two seasons at CCSF, then transferred to USC. He was a two-time All-American with the Trojans, leading the nation in rushing in 1967 and ’68. As productive as he was, he truly burst into the national consciousness in 1967 with an unreal 64-yard TD run that gave the Trojans a 21-20 nationally televised win over archrival UCLA.… Read more »

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Great list and I’ll have to check out the article you referred to Allen. My relative, Ted Tannehill, transferred from Notre Dame to USC in 1944 and was the Trojans leading rusher in 1945. There was another player on the SC Defense that transferred from Notre Dame in the 1950s but I can’t recall his name off the top of my head. Due to wartime travel restrictions, USC and ND did not play in 1945-a game that would have been held in the LA Coliseum. Ted was an all-PCC (Pacific Coast Conference, forerunner of the PAC) performer and also ran… Read more »

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Latest Vegas Insider CFB football national championship odds:
1.Alabama  (+198)
2.Georgia (+328)
3.Ohio State  (+460)
4.Clemson (+1180)
5.Texas A&M  (+2340)
6.USC  (+2500)
7.Oklahoma  (+3900)
8.Michigan  (+4800)
9.Notre Dame  (+4900)
10.Utah (+5300)
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15.Penn State (+7100)
16.Miami  (+7420)
17.Oklahoma State  (+7600)
18.Baylor  (+9000)
19.Ole Miss (+9125)
20.Michigan State  (+9620)
21.Tennessee (+11000)
22.Auburn (+12500)

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USC in the top 10 and best of the Pac12. Boy when this team gets to 4-0 and the hype will be fever pitch!

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USC football is truly at a fever pitch right now, as you say. There’s just so much interest in what will happen to the Trojans in 2022, right away.

As usual, UCLA football is just slinking around in the background, generating no enthusiasm, either in L.A., regionally, or nationally.

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WhoCLA?

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I see what you did there—very nice, VT.

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UCLA returns a six year starter at QB and one of the top 5 RBs in the nation, has a joke for its non-conference schedule (they are in essence three scrimmages) and is not rated in the 25! That is amazing given it has three guaranteed wins in the non-conference. SC has one guaranteed non-conference win (Rice), then games with ND and Fresno (which beat UCLA last year). I love it that Utah has to play UCLA at the Rose Bowl the week before they play us in SLC. UCLA should be highly motivated for that game – UCLA is… Read more »

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But just wait till they are 4-0, October will be nuts!

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Golden, IF this team gets off to a 4-0 start. I am in the Stu Mandel’s “court” on this one. We need to put on the brakes on expectations for the 2022 Trojans. Remember, my floor for them is 8-4 (and a victory over either ND or UCLA). Stanford has always played SC tough and has a quality QB as well a ton of motivation. Fresno has a quality QB returning, beat a quality UCLA team in the Rose Bowl last year, and has huge motivation. SC lacks depth and high quality on its DL, is trying to rebuild a… Read more »

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I know I sound like a USC homer, but do you think USC will give up 42 points again to Stanford? I know they are dangerous, but with this new high flying offense I just can’t see Stanford keeping up. The defense has added speed, and a few guys to beef up the line and linebacker slots. If USC can (and should) score 40+ average per game, the sky, in my eyes is the limit. What will hurt USC is injuries and guys sitting out games. Depth is the issue, but at the time we play Stanford we should be… Read more »

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No need to sound apologetic, USC homers are welcome here!

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I agree with you Steveg on SC averaging over 40 per game and success boiling down to being healthy. The challenge for LR and his staff will be to assimilate all the transfers as well as new players into a cohesive unit. I think they will be successful but it may take some time.

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The USC offense will be lighting up the scoreboard every game. The defense only has to get a couple stops per game but I think they will be better than that. I don’t expect a stumble out of the gate but it is possible if everybody is not on the same page. I expect everybody to know their assignments unlike last year, better discipline, game plan and execution. I would not be surprised by a trap game or loss due to attrition later in the season. Whatever happens, it is going to be great fun and USC will be all… Read more »

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Golden, I expect this O to be sensational, but even with a sensational O and a quality staff, winning culture, and continuous staff, tOSU still lost twice last year and finished second their division. In fact, that O was probably better than the 2022 Trojan O will be. I just read that Jeff Tedford is coaching FSU this season. Tedford is a great coach and he has a great QB. That will be a very tough game. And, Stanford has always been tough for SC. So, our second and third games are going to be difficult. Can SC outscore them… Read more »

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If this team is 4-0 and in the top 10, even Game Day is going to have to consider coming to L.A. The Notre Dame game will have serious national implications, for both teams. Just watch out for the trap games.

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Out of all of them I think #19 is going to be the biggest surprise. Kiffen has been quietly (for him) building a winner.

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May 29, 2022 9:15 am
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Jaxson Dart to Michael Trigg for the first down:

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May 28, 2022 10:46 am

United Airlines (Coli sponsor) should unveil their ‘Co-pilot’ NIL program($$$) to all
USC athletes…give them pilot wings (not that the receivers need them)
“The Friendly Skies” program 😎

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My guess is that means they were not going to get much PT this year at SC. It makes little sense to transfer to Wyoming when you can get PT at SC. And an SC graduate degree is worth a significant amount more than a Wyoming graduate degree.

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May 28, 2022 2:48 pm
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Something is really fishy about this. Does Andy have someone in mind he hasn’t talked about?

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Steveg, My point is WHERE they transferred, not that they transferred. It shows their talent level and other coaches view of that talent level. It is kind of like the LB on the football team who LR “cut” and he transferred out to Idaho! No knock on the kid, but if the only program that wants your talent was Idaho that speaks volumes of what that talent level actually is. He was NOT Power 5 quality talent. Again, no knock on the kid, but he was in the wrong program for his level of talent (unless you want SC to… Read more »

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May 28, 2022 12:53 pm
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Forgot to add that the choice of Wyoming for me is telling. It means to me that they could not attract attention of a major program for PT. Do you know who is going to replace them?

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John, Thanks for the careful response. It looks like SC has the talent next season to make a legit run at the Sweet 16. Last year’s team had the same shot. And, if two starters (or near starters) are transferring to Wyoming because of talent they must compete with, that is a very good sign.

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Funny how USC does not want to be associated with the appearances of ‘pay for play’, yet it is called the “California Fair Pay to Play Act”! Pay to play is exactly what is happening. Section 4.B.Prohibited Compensation Arrangements, is a good one; Compensation in exchange for a student-athlete’s athletic participation or performance at USC (i.e., “pay-for-play”) or decision to attend USC (i.e., improper recruiting inducements). The ONLY reason the NIL has value is attending and performing at USC! Compensation for work not performed (i.e., sham agreements with third parties in which a student-athlete does not provide a legitimate NIL-related… Read more »

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May 27, 2022 5:57 pm

New USC QB, Jake Jensen. Transfer from Contra Costa, flip from New Mexico.

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May 27, 2022 6:10 pm
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A good pick to give depth at QB, may have potential when Williams moves on.

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Golden , it is good to add this kid as backup. But if he plays any significant # of snaps then USC will be in a very bad place. If he plays it means Miller Moss ( a top rated recruit) and Malachi Nelson ( 5* recruit & #2 rated player in class of 23) either did not live up to their hype or worse yet, were injured. I hope the only time we see Jake Jensen is at the end of a blow out USC win.

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I hope we don’t see him next season as well, but who knows how he will develop a year or two from now.

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May 27, 2022 4:47 pm

John, excellent post, answers all my questions and brings NIL to something I now understand better and how it works. Thanks.

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