Monday links and notes
March, 8, 2010
By Pedro Moura | ESPNLosAngeles.com
Plenty of USC-related news on this Monday:
- To start it off, multiple sources are reporting tonight that USC coach Kevin O'Neill has decided not to retain assistants Phil Johnson and Gib Arnold. Both Johnson and Arnold were in their fifth seasons with the program. At the time he was hired last year, O'Neill said of Johnson: "I have a great respect for the basketball knowledge of Phil Johnson and am very pleased that he has decided to stay at USC," said head coach Kevin O'Neill. Arnold is known as a recruiting extraordinaire. Bob Cantu, the only USC assistant to stay on staff according to reports, tweeted today: "Well now that the season is over its time to hit the recruiting trail hard!!"
- Beyond Nikola Vucevic, Dwight Lewis and Marcus Johnson's end-of-season Pac-10 awards, multiple Trojans were also honored today. Point guard Ashley Corral was named Pac-10 player of the week after she scored a game-high 20 points in USC's come-from-behind victory over Arizona State on Staturday. Corral also garnered USC Credit Union Student-Athlete of the Week honors, as did men's swimmer Clement Lefert. Lefert won the 200-yard freestyle event at the Pac-10 championships last week and set USC's school record in the process.
- On the topic of school records, Blake Shaw became the first Trojan runner in the school's history to run a sub-four-minute mile on Saturday in Seattle, Wash. Shaw, a sophomore, ran the mile in 3:59. Watch the video of his performance here.
- Football news: USC announced Jeff Fucci has been hired as director of football operations, projected starter at safety Drew McAllister is likely to miss spring practice due to hip surgery, and the Trojans conducted their third of six conditioning sessions on Howard Jones Field this evening.
- From Tuesday on, USC baseball will play a remarkable six games in the next seven days, starting with an away game at Pepperdine tomorrow, a home contest with Connecticut on Wednesday, and a four-game series at Hawaii beginning Friday. USC's Kevin Couture will start tomorrow's game, roughly 48 hours after he was roughed up in his start against New Mexico on Saturday. He lasted just 2/3 of an inning in that game.