USC football's new strength coach Robert Stiner made a big early impression while freshman guard Maximus Gibbs holds a class of 2021 superlative, Tony Boselli sees fate and former Trojan RBs coach Deland McCullough is on the move.
Here are the latest USC football news nuggets for Tuesday, Feb. 9...
USC's new strength coach is getting rave reviews
Take it from new USC quarterback Jaxson Dart: USC's new strength coach Robert Stiner is "legit."
The Trojans picked up the former Notre Dame assistant strength coach and gave him his first shot at the top job in a program. The hope is he'll inject much of the same energy the Irish have used to make a recent playoff push.
The full force of Stiner's impact will be seen once the season comes along, but positive reviews are a good way to start.
Maximus Gibbs lives up to his name
Even though Maximus Gibbs wasn't USC's most highly-rated recruit in 2021, he's undoubtedly the biggest.
At 385 pounds, Gibbs brings serious size to USC's offensive line. Realistically, he'll have to trim quite a bit to break into the starting lineup. It's Stiner's job to get him there.
Tony Boselli hopes his Hall of Fame dream is fated
Speaking of offensive linemen, a former USC star still waits for his call from the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Tony Boselli had an outstanding, but short career with the Jaguars from 1995 to 2001. As a three-time All-Pro and five-time Pro Bowler, he reached Hall of Fame heights. Yet he keeps getting snubbed by the committee because injuries limited the scope of his career.
Unlike Browns linebacker Clay Matthews Jr., whose Hall of Fame snub this year means his fate is in the hands of the Senior Committee, Boselli still has some time to campaign for election.
Appearing on the Dan Patrick Show on Tuesday, he made the case of fate playing a role with the Super Bowl set to be hosted in Los Angeles next year.
Deland McCullough is back in college
Ex-USC running backs coach Deland McCullough is returning to college football with Indiana.
McCullough coached Ronald Jones II to his best season with USC. To prove what a small world football can be, he coached the Chiefs running backs opposite Jones' Buccaneers in Super Bowl LV.
Since McCullough has raved about his time with Indiana, it's not a surprise he chose to come back. However, it's worth noting that such a well-regarded former Trojan coach is now back in the college ranks. That might be useful information for the future.
Before USC fans get too excited at the thought of bringing McCullough back, there's this...
Suddenly, the prospect of McCullough returning to Los Angeles looks much dimmer.
USC owns California
We'll leave you with this factoid to fling at your favorite UCLA, Stanford and Cal alumni.
That's a streak going back to February of 2019.
The Kings of LA are also the Kings of California.