A group of leopards is called a leap, a group of geese is called a gaggle, and a group of ravens is called a flight. What do you call a group of offensive linemen stuck in an elevator?
How about “body odor waiting to happen?”
That situation played out Friday evening at USC, as eight Trojans linemen were stuck in an elevator for 30-45 minutes.
Senior tackle Zach Banner served as something of a tour guide for the Trojans’ adventure.
Morale started strong, as it usually does in situations such as these.
Then things got pretty desperate.
Morale was boosted again when firemen, unable to pry the large mammals from their enclave, provided sustenance.
Which lead to this inevitability.
Minutes later, the group’s life force started to run low. And by life force I mean Banner’s phone.
Eventually the group was rescued, all eight lives still intact, and college football’s answer to the Chilean miner crisis was over.
Earlier this week, Clay Helton had the following to say when it comes to the quarterback competition between favorite Max Browne (pictured) and surging Sam Darnold.
“I’m going to let it go through the spring game and then make a decision,” the USC head coach said Tuesday. “Just being honest, I don’t think there’s a huge gap between the quarterbacks. I want to take it to the spring game, that atmosphere, and see how the guys react.”
A couple of days later? Never mind. From the Orange County Register:
USC coach Clay Helton clarified his stance on the quarterback competition Thursday and said he might not name a starter until two weeks into August training camp.
Helton said Tuesday he would name a starter “shortly” after Saturday’s spring game at the Coliseum. But Helton said he realized he misspoke after he was questioned about news reports by his wife, Angela, that he would name a starter next week.
“Unless there is a huge gap, it will go to (training) camp,” Helton said.
The last two seasons as Cody Kessler’s primary backup, the redshirt junior Browne completed 11-of-19 passes for 143 yards. Darnold, meanwhile, was a four-star dual-threat quarterback in the Class of 2015 who took a redshirt as a true freshman last season.
This season, USC will open against defending national champion Alabama in Arlington, Tex.
Brandon Allen is off to ply his football wares in the NFL, but there will still be an Allen under center in Fayetteville.
In a move that’s none too surprising, Arkansas announced Thursday night that Austin Allen has been named by head coach Bret Bielema as the Razorbacks’ starting quarterback. Allen is the younger brother of the aforementioned Brandon Allen, who started the last 34 games at quarterback for the Hogs and left the football program as its all-time leader in touchdown passes with 64.
The younger Allen had been part of a competition that included Rafe Peavy, Ty Storey and Ricky Town, who transferred in from USC in August of last year and sat out the 2015 season. The junior entered spring practice as the odds-on favorite to take over the job from his brother, and, obviously, did nothing to change that narrative.
The 6-1, 208-pound Allen completed one of three passes last season, with the lone completion going for a 35-yard touchdown in the blowout win over Tennessee-Martin. For his career Allen’s gone 9-of-19 for 188 yards, one touchdown and one interception.
Allen is the only quarterback on the roster who has attempted a pass at the collegiate level.
Just like it did with his predecessor, USC has turned to a former Trojan football great to lead its athletics department. And, just like with that move, this one will certainly come with a little bit of controversy. And head-scratching. And WTF did they do???
In a press release, the university announced that it has hired Lynn Swann as its new athletic director, effective July 1 of this year. Swann was an All-American wide receiver with the Trojans in the early seventies, then went on to a career in the NFL that included a Super Bowl MVP trophy and ended with his induction into the Hall of Fame in 2001.
While most know the non-football Swann as a sports reporter for ABC, he has also served as the president of the national board of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. Swann’s been a member of boards at companies such as the H. J. Heinz Company, Wyndham Hotels and Resorts, Hershey Entertainment and Resorts, the Fluor Corporation Board and PGA of America. He will remain on the latter two boards, one of which, the PGA, has a term that expires in November of this year.
“To his new role, Lynn Swann will bring the heart and soul of a Trojan,” said USC president C.L. Max Nikias. “He shares our profound dedication to combining academic excellence with athletic excellence.”
Swann will replace Pat Haden, the former Trojan quarterback who was forced to step down earlier this year because of health issues.
“I am excited about coming back to USC — its growth and success under President Nikias has been phenomenal and my family and I are looking forward to being a part of that,” said Swann. “As athletic director, my goals for the student-athletes will be to graduate, to win and to experience.”
Lookout, Green Bay. It’s coming to your cit-ay.
The “it” in this case is ESPN’s College GameDay show, the wildly popular traveling football circus that sets up camp at the sites of the most important/meaningful games of the college football season. The 2016 seasons opens the weekend opens the weekend of Sept. 3 and includes a handful of significant games, including USC against defending national champion Alabama in Jerry’s World; college football bluebloods Notre Dame and Texas clashing; old-school Oklahoma vs. new-school Houston at the home of the NFL’s Texans; and Clemson traveling to Auburn for the front-end of an old-fashioned home-and-home series.
While those would each be worthy options for GameDay, it appears Rece Davis, Kirk Herbstreit & Company will be headed to the friendly confines of historic Lambeau Field opening weekend.
That 2016 game will mark the first-ever at Lambeau between two FBS teams, and just the fourth college game ever played on the iconic Frozen Tundra. The last college football game played at the stadium came in 1983, with St. Norbert College “hosting” Fordham University in a Vince Lombardi Memorial Game.