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Pete’s Arboblog: Pre-Draft Edition

by Pete Arbogast, the voice of the Trojans:

With all of the excitement of the various spring sports heading into their late season OR post season playoffs, we settle in to see which and how many of our vaunted football team layers will be moving on to the next level, and how many may be calling it quits on a career that started back in grade school.

Surely Leonard Williams is a first rounder and a high first rounder at that. I hold hopes that someone will get smart all of a sudden and realize the folly of taking Winston first (if at all), and our big guy will move up to the number one spot. I feel strongly about which one will be more valuable throughout his career no matter which team takes him.

After that, we wait. For this year’s guys, for last year’s guys, for guys still holding out hopes of playing in the league from more than a few years ago. The dream dies hard….for some it never dies.

What a time it must be in their young lives to be waiting for that call, whether for being an actual draft pick, or maybe signing on quickly as an undrafted free agent. So many catch on that way and make a nice career in the pros for themselves.

We hope for the best for our Men of Troy over the next three days. Fight ON, and make us proud.


At the same time, watching the chat boards and the various websites that list the top 100, 300 or 500 seniors-to-be, or juniors, or junior high schoolers (!?) getting ready to take the next step in THEIR lives, many coming to play for THE University and then a few years down the road, they’ll be the ones waiting for that special call, that life-changing moment.

I see we get new “commitments” almost every few days, and they all seem very sincere with their words on facebook, twitter, instragram and other social sites, but of course, we know there’s a long way between now and LOI day.

The cycle of (football) life continues, and it’s a year-round business.


Now let’s go win a couple of national championships between now and the end of June, ok?


Crazy how fast it goes. 23 years ago today, I was sitting in St. Joseph’s hospital in Burbank, celebrating the birth of my last, daughter Ronnie. Getting ready to head for my job as Dodger PA guy. Sitting with my dad holding the baby when the news came over of the dismissal of charges in the Rodney King trial. That night, and the next few days were so sad and disturbing. And of course here we are today. Dad is gone, Ronnie is graduating college Saturday, and we all are watching news reports from around the country……


Enjoy the draft.


Garry Paskwietz

A 1988 graduate of USC with a degree in Sports Information. Worked in sports marketing for LA Lakers and Miller Brewing Company. Began covering the Trojans in 1996 with the Trojan Football Fax. Founded WeAreSC in November 1998 with stints at Scout and ESPN. Emmy-winner while covering high school football at Fox Sports West.

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