USC Trojans athletics occupied more than its share of social space over the past 24 hours or so. We try to recap as much as possible here, with a look back at some Trojan Twitter.
The USC Trojans official twitter continues to roll out its look at the new assistant coaches, with Todd Orlando the most recent focus.
Orlando’s defense is likely the biggest variable for the Trojans’ 2020 season, as a big step forward on that side of the ball will go a long way toward helping the Trojans potentially reach the conference championship game, as the offense should pick up where it left off after a good performance in 2019. Orlando has some talent to work with, as there are veterans with a lot of experience returning at every level of the defense. He’s preached violence and being physical since his arrival, and it will be extremely interesting to see how the players implement that mindset while away from the coaching staff and the football field for the entire spring, and perhaps longer.
As the entire world has been affected by the spread of COVID-19, former USC lacrosse player Cara deLyra is doing more than her share in combating the virus. USC’s career assists leader is now recording a different kind of assist, as she’s back in her home state of New York working as a registered nurse.
USC basketball recruiting has been on a roll lately, but head coach Andy Enfield won’t be able to top signing the nation’s No. 1 prospect, which he accomplished in bringing Evan Mobley onto the roster. This week, Mobley was named the Morgan Wooten Player of the Year.
USC football players have been back at home, or at least off campus, since spring ball was postponed and all team activities canceled. Coaches have been able to spend two hours per week with players via video conference calls. It’s a new world for everybody involved, as USC tight ends coach found a familiar comparison for his position meetings.
With everybody practicing social distancing and having plenty of time on their hands, social media “challenges” have taken hold. One gave Trojan fans a glimpse at some young USC football players, when they were much younger, including Drake London and Kenan Christon.
And finally, ESPN decided to show the USC – Texas Rose Bowl game on Thursday night. While it’s likely that many Trojan fans stayed away from reliving that heartbreaking loss, it caught the attention of several former players.
Quarterback Matt Leinart shared his appreciation for both of his backfield mates, one of the best one-two running back tandems in college football history.
As has been commented on many times, Reggie Bush was not on the field for one of the biggest plays of that game, when Texas was able to stuff a 4th-and-2 play late in the game, which led to the final Longhorn touchdown. Bush also wasn’t on the field for one of several “interesting” officiating decisions, when Texas quarterback Vince Young’s knee was down before making a pitch that led to a touchdown. Thursday night, Bush, as well as former wide receiver and current wide receivers coach Keary Colbert, played referee.
But ultimately, that game leaves Trojans fans with the same feeling. Even former cornerback Adoree’ Jackson, who wasn’t anywhere near starting his USC career when that game was played, shared the sentiment.