Tuesday, February 23, 2010
By Pedro Moura
A baseball victory, more news on the Kevin O'Neill conference-call front, weekend happenings and recruiting speculation. All in Tuesday's links and notes:
- The Los Angeles Times reports O'Neill's conference call with the NCAA Committee on Infractions that took place last Friday lasted nearly five hours. Said O'Neill of the correlation between a lack of a normal Friday schedule and Saturday's loss to Washington State, according to the Times: "It was a different situation. It threw us off our routine somewhat, but that's the way it is." O'Neill's team will host Oregon on Thursday and Oregon State on Saturday at the Galen Center. The Oregon State game will be senior night for USC's Dwight Lewis, Mike Gerrity, and Marcus Johnson.
- Speaking of basketball, a documentary featuring USC guard Jio Fontan, titled "The Street Stops Here," is set for release next month. Fontan is featured as a high school senior at Jersey City St. Anthony High School. Says the press kit's biography of Fontan, who transferred to USC from Fordham after the fall semester: "A senior starting point guard, Jio Fontan is a co-captain of the team and is often seen as a soft voice of reason. Smart and strong-minded, Fontan is determined to learn from his father's transgressions and work hard in school to ensure that he is defined by more than just basketball." We'll soon have a review of the documentary, produced by Chicago-based Teamworks Media.
- Meanwhile, the Orange County Register reports offensive line recruit Seantrel Henderson has no timetable on signing a letter of intent. Henderson committed to the Trojans on National Signing Day earlier this month but has not officially signed with USC. The Register quotes his father, Sean, as saying the Henderson family is still "just gathering info."
- USC baseball managed to eek out a win in its home opener, 6-5 over Loyola Marymount. Sophomore right-hander Ben Mount made the start and lasted six innings, giving up only two hits and no walks. Reliever Brett Williams struck out the last batter of the game — and only one he faced — to earn the victory over his former team. The Trojans used some small ball in their half of the eighth inning, putting together two singles, a walk, a hit batter and an error to score three runs and take the lead. Tweeted freshman Cade Kreuter, coach Chad Kreuter's son, after the game: "another rbi under my belt, another win under our belt..i said we gonna have a rainy day tomorrow so 'brella up.' " The Trojans host Rikkyo University in an exhibition game Wednesday at Dedeaux Field.
- On deck for this weekend is the NFL Combine, which actually begins Wednesday in Indianapolis. Workouts don't start until Saturday, however. The Daily News has the position-by-position workout schedule: offensive lineman, tight ends and specialists on Saturday; quarterbacks, wide receivers and running backs on Sunday; defensive linemen and linebackers on Monday; and defensive backs on Tuesday.