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IMHO Sunday: Trojans Transfer Portal Mania Rumors

In my humble opinion, cardinal and gold thoughts on what I see, what I hear, and what I think from Los Angeles

The NCAA Transfer Portal abyss: Folks, there’s no other way around it, the Trojans football program is painfully sinking deeper into whatever “substance” you’d like to call it. Right now, the Trojans are in the eye of the “What in the hell is going on” storm, but rest assured, this whole NCAA Transfer Portal revolution  is going to affect a lot more programs than the Trojans. However, the IMHO Sunday has gone to great pain to dispel some some of the current cardinal and gold rumor bulletins as they pertains to the new NCAA Transfer Portal rule.

Bulletin: This just in…there is no truth to the rumors that Lynn Swann and Clay Helton have placed their names into the NCAA Transfer Portal.

Bulletin: This just in…there is no truth to the rumor that the bickering USC Board of Trustees have placed their names into the NCAA Transfer Portal.

Bulletin: This just in…there is no truth to the rumor that the position of USC offensive coordinator and quarterback coach have been placed into the NCAA Transfer Portal.

Bulletin: This just in…there is no truth to the rumor that USC season ticket holders have been placed their names into the NCAA Transfer Portal.

Bulletin: This just in…there is no truth to the rumor that the USC Song Girls (photo above) have placed their names into the NCAA Transfer Portal.

Bulletin: This just in…there is no truth to the rumor that Exposition and Figueroa Blvds have been placed into the NCAA Transfer Portal.

Bulletin: This just in…there is no truth to the rumor that Pat Haden been placed himself into the NCAA Transfer Portal.

Bulletin: This just in…there is no truth to the rumor that the John McKay statue in front of the John McKay Center has been placed into the NCAA Transfer Portal.

Bulletin: This just in…there is no truth to the rumor that Traveler has placed his name into the NCAA Transfer Portal.

Bulletin: This just in…there is no truth to the rumor that the renovating Coliseum has placed its name into the NCAA Transfer Portal.

Bulletin: This just in…there is no truth to the rumor that Dr. Arthur C. Bartner and the USC Trojans Marching Band have placed their names into the NCAA Transfer Portal

Bulletin: This just in…there is no truth to the rumor that Exposition Park has been placed it into the NCAA Transfer Portal.

Bulletin: This just in…there is no truth to the rumor that all USC undergraduates have placed their names into the NCAA Transfer Portal.

Bulletin: This just in…there is no truth to the rumor that the Brian Kennedy/Howard Jones practice fields have placed their facilities into the NCAA Transfer Portal.

Bulletin: This just in…there is no truth to the rumor that USC has placed the school colors of cardinal and gold into the NCAA Transfer Portal.

Bulletin: This just in…there is no truth to the rumor that the food vendors on the outside of the Coliseum during home games have placed their names into the NCAA Transfer Portal.

Bulletin: This just in…there is no truth to the rumor that Rick Carr, chief security officer in charge of protecting Clay Helton and all things athletic, has placed his name into the NCAA Transfer Portal.

Bulletin: This just in…there is no truth to the rumor that the USC Bookstore has placed its named into the NCAA Transfer Portal.

Bulletin: This just in…there is no truth to the rumor that the Tommy Trojan statue in the middle of campus has been placed into the NCAA Transfer Portal.

Bulletin: This just in…there is no truth to the rumor that new WeAreSC publisher Erik McKinney has placed his name into the NCAA Transfer Portal. And, BTW, EM, is going to do an outstanding job as our new publisher, although I hear his 40-time needs to improve and he could use some work in the weight room.

From the press box…

What’s Bru-in: Well, I can just see Garry P. rolling his eyes and making an astute comment that when a player like true wide receiver Bru McCoy, who was already attending classes at USC, decides to pack his bags and head for Austin, Texas, sirens and whistles should be going off at the highest decibel.

What’s Bru-in – Part 2: Have you ever heard of a true freshman attending class for three weeks and then transferring to another school and potentially being eligible?  Bru McCoy has taken us into unchartered territory and may have unleashed an NCAA Pandora’s box. Not good.

What’s Bru-in – Part 3: Was the departure of former OC Kliff Kingsbury to the NFL the real reason that Bru McCoy left USC after attending three weeks of class?

The mystery: What happened in three weeks on the USC campus that made Bru McCoy leave? I mean, he was now with his Mater Dei buddies, QB JT Daniels and WR Amon-Ra St. Brown. Something went down, and it figures that we’ll all soon find out. And when we find out, it could be very unsettling.

Another one bites the dust: Still without an offensive coordinator, Trojans’ junior wide receiver Travon Sidney has put his name into the NCAA Transfer Portal, and the questions becomes: Who’s next? And it figures there will be “next,” all of which continues the chaotic reality of the Trojans program, and mother make it stop.

It’s a Ford: With the loss of Bru McCoy, another 5-star wide receiver shoe could be dropping if Kyle Ford, a Trojans’ verbal who is still unsigned, decides to head out of town for maybe Oregon. If Ford goes, the heat will be on for not only Clay Helton but Lynn Swann for all the obvious reasons. The buck stops where?

Room for one more: Then there is the potential additional negative recruiting news, as current wide receiver verbal Puka Nacua, considered by many the best player in Utah, is going to take trips to Washington and UCLA. When it rains, it could pour.

The post-game show…

Thank you: On behalf of WeAreSC, I’d like to take the time to thank all the thousands and thousands of fans that went to our message board to share their love and stories regarding Garry P. When you have over 14,000 views, that is just remarkable. It is a testament to the love and respect and sadness regarding our founder. I think GP would be blown away by the attention and totally moved by all the “cards and letters.” The WeAreSC staff thanks all of you, and we pledge to carry on the WeAreSC tradition that Garry established. And, BTW, I am not going away nor is Kevin Bruce, Chris Arledge, Darrell Rideaux, Lizelle Brandt, Angel Viscarra, or Joe Andras and his marvelous photos. Along with Erik, Garry has put on all our shoulders to keep WeAreSC strong and healthy, and that’s what we intend to do. As John Paul Jones once said, “We have just begun to fight!”

Thank you – Part 2: A very special thank you to USC SID Tim Tessalone who visited Garry twice in the hospital after GP’s first stroke, and then putting out the announcement of Garry’s passing on the official USC athletic website. And thanks to Tim and his staff for organizing the pregame tribute to Garry at Thursday’s USC/Arizona basketball game at the Galen Center.

Thank you – Part 3: And a very special thank you, as well, to Ryan Abraham and his staff over at USCfootball.com for their touching tributes to Garry both in both posts and on their podcast with Ryan, Coach Harvey Hyde, and Pete Arbogast. The Garry P tribute podcast was very well done, touching, yet with some humor sprinkled in. WeAreSC thanks them for their support during our difficult time and transition.

Thank you – Part 4: And we’d be remiss not to thank the OC Register and Southern California News Group writer Joey Kaufman for his wonderful story on the passing and legacy of Garry and J Brady McCullough at the LA Times for getting a graph on Garry’s departure in the paper. We appreciate both your efforts.

More congrats: It’s been a busy and hectic week for new WeAreSC publisher Erik McKinney who welcomed into the cardinal and gold world on Wednesday a new daughter named Aleah Lyn McKinney. Perhaps a future USC Song Girl? Hopefully, she’ll be able to perform at a USC men’s basketball game by that time.

The last word: It’s seat replacement time at the Coliseum, and don’t look now but the portable press box bungalows have been removed and you can see the new Scholarship Tower in all its progressive splendor. Here’s the latest real time camera view on the Coliseum renovation and check out the bottom of the photo: https://app.oxblue.com/open/usc/lacoliseumrenovation 



Greg Katz
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Greg Katz

A longtime WeAreSC columnist, Greg began his affiliation with WeAreSC in 2001, introducing his well-received O/NSO (The Obvious/The Not So Obvious) column and later adding his respected IMHO Sunday opinion and tidbits column. Greg, a former ESPN.com college football staff writer covering USC, is also is a member of the Football Writer's Association of America. He is also known in Southern California as a professional public address announcer, having called the the 1996 Rose Bowl Game between USC and Northwestern. Greg also holds a master's degree in athletic administration and is a former varsity high school coach of 27 years.


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