USC Podcast: RoT Radio Ep. 304 on Spring Camp Beginning


Reign of Troy Radio’s USC podcast returns to discuss to start of the Trojans’ 2019 Spring Camp, featuring wholesale changes for Clay Helton’s team.

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Co-hosts Michael Castillo and Alicia de Artola take 79 minutes to talk through the start of USC Spring Camp, including first day impressions and noticeable changes.

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What’s in store with this USC podcast:

  • Michael and Alicia open the show by catching up on some of the news that led into Spring Camp, including the transfer portal decisions of Velus Jones Jr. and Greg Johnson. What do their departures mean for the Trojans?
  • More news includes Pie Young’s “squadman lost” tag and Hunter Echols reported near-transfer, as well as the hiring of new strength and conditioning coach Aaron Ausmus, who should be a familiar name for Trojan fans.
  • Obviously, the big news of the week is the start of spring ball, which included a list of four key priorities from Clay Helton. Is the head coach on the right track with the changes he is implementing to USC’s approach?
  • On Day 1, Alicia’s observations mostly revolved around positional changes. While Liam Jimmons’ move to the offensive line is noteworthy, it was the shift to the defensive lineup which really created the intrigue.
  • The first day of Spring Camp is always the chance to get a look at the newcomers. The RoT team go over each early enrollee’s new number and get into some first impressions.
  • As always, the show ends with a mailbag including a call on the possibility of Helton getting a pass on the 2019 season, plus questions on comparisons between USC and Notre Dame’s rebuild hires and the possibility of Dominic Davis making an impact at receiver.

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