Thursday, May 6, 2010
By Pedro Moura
A few USC-related items of note that came across the wires today:
- The big takeaway from the Pac-10 coaches meetings in Phoenix? Expansion — but not of the adding-more-teams variety. Instead, travel squads for conference squads may expand from 64 to 70 beginning in 2010. Former USC coach Pete Carroll had expressed his displeasure with the Pac-10's smaller travel roster — most other BCS conferences allow closer to 70 than 60 — so it's a thought process that has been some time coming.
- Trojans baseball news: Friday, USC will begin a key series with Utah at Dedeaux Field. The Trojans (20-24) have won three of their last four games and could approach .500 with a series sweep. They'll need to gather all the momentum they can muster over the next week because a three-game series at Pac-10 power UCLA awaits them a week from Friday in Westwood.
- Speaking of baseball, here's an interesting piece on the superstar-esque power of USC first baseman Ricky Oropesa. Oropesa, still just a sophomore, has hit 25 home runs in his college career, displaying power to all fields. After struggling for some of last season in the shadow of former Trojan — and 2009 first-round selection — shortstop Grant Green — Oropesa has developed into USC's primary offensive threat, often batting second or third in the lineup. On the topic of Green, here's an update on the now-Oakland Athletics' minor leaguer.
- A bit more baseball: former USC coach Rod Dedeaux and outfielder Fred Lynn were among 28 players and coaches named to the official College World Series Legends Team on Thursday. The late Dedeaux was one of only three coaches on the roster.
- Lastly, in what became a national story today, the Wear twins of Orange County — David and Travis — announced they will transfer from North Carolina. 6-foot-10 forwards both, the pair are expected to return home this week and begin the process to choose a new school. Interestingly, the twins initially chose UNC back in January 2008 over UCLA and Arizona. The coach for Arizona at that time? That's right: current Trojans coach Kevin O'Neill.