USC Podcast: RoT Radio Ep. 298 on recruiting misses, song girls and OC search


Reign of Troy Radio’s USC podcast returns to discuss missed commitments at the Polynesian Bowl, USC’s offensive coordinator search and much more.

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In this 67-minute episode of Reign of Troy Radio, Alicia de Artola hosts along with guest Alex Polk, taking a look at USC’s recent recruiting whiffs, the song girl controversy, the search for an offensive coordinator and more.

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What’s in store with this USC podcast:

  • With Michael away on assignment, Alicia and Alex take on the task of discussing the latest news around USC. Unfortunately, the show opens with the sadness of founder Garry Paskwietz’s passing.
  • On the recruiting front, the Polynesian Bowl did not yield recruiting victories for the Trojans the way the All-American Bowl did. USC lost out on pledges from Noa Pola-Gates and De’Von Ellies. How much does this hurt the Trojans?
  • USC basketball delivered some great news for Trojan fans on Saturday when they blasted UCLA at the Galen Center, but the big story of the weekend actually revolved around Lynn Swann’s decision to nix the Song Girls from performing at basketball games. What does this latest scandal say about USC athletics and the athletic director?
  • There hasn’t been much movement on the USC offensive coordinator front since Kliff Kingsbury left for the NFL, but there are some nuggets and updates to discuss while looking at the big picture on the search.
  • The show ends as usual with a dive into the mailbag, which includes questions about how quickly USC football and basketball can return to respectability, the future of the AD job, prospects for the new strength and conditioning coach and the impact of a possible Rams Super Bowl victory.

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