Tuesday links and notes


Slow day in USC news, but here's what we could gather up:

  • Tight ends coach Brennan Carroll is out at USC, ESPN affiliate WeAreSC reports. Carroll first joined the USC staff as a graduate assistant under his father, Pete, in 2002. He spent the past eight seasons in a variety of positions on the Trojans' coaching staff, including recruiting coordinator. No word on Carroll's destination, but if he heads to Seattle to join his father, he'll be the ninth person to leave USC for the Seahawks.

  • New coach Lane Kiffin's arrival at USC last month was the subject of much consternation, to say the least, but his All-American safety at Tennessee said he wasn't surprised when Kiffin left to coach the Trojans. Eric Berry told The Oklahoman as soon as the USC job opened up he "immediately knew — ‘Oh, it’s going to be Coach Kiffin.' "

  • An exhibit showcasing the artwork of 18 USC student-athletes goes up Thursday at the Galen Center, the university announced in a news release Tuesday. Among the athletes to have pieces featured include backup quarterback Mitch Mustain, point guard Ashley Corral, and 2009 Pac-10 player of the year in tennis, Robert Farah. The free display lasts until March 22, with a special reception scheduled for Feb. 22. They call it "ARTLETICS."

  • So David Sills, the 13-year-old quarterback from Delaware who verbally committed to USC last week, is still in the news, making the rounds on the morning news circuit this week. But check out this article from last year, on CBSsports.com. Sills' story didn't just come out of the woodwork, as you can see. In the article, published nearly a year ago, his private coach Steve Clarkson says he "could very well redefine the quarterback position one day."