Guy In The Middle Manages Mishawaka Shoneys

As part of today’s free SbB Live subscription offer, here’s a photo of Steve Mariucci and Tom Izzo when they played on the same Michigan high school basketball team:

Photo: Tom Izzo and Steve Mariucci playing high school basketball

I actually think that’s Evan Eschmeyer in the middle. So that’s when his first year of eligibility was!

Jax Reporter On Monday: Mariucci On SC Campus

Michael C. Wright of the FLORIDA TIMES-UNION was first to report last night that Jack Del Rio was going to turn down an offer to coach USC. He was also first today to confirm that fact.

Steve Mariucci Spotted On USC Campus Yesterday

(Wright had Mariucci in USC mix on Monday)

Additionally, Wright was first to connect Steve Mariucci to the USC job, reporting on Monday: “I’m hearing a report about a Steve Mariucci sighting on USC’s campus. Interesting.Read more…

Faux Pas: Mooch Rocking Denim Shirt With Jeans

Photo sent to me today of fashion disaster Steve Mariucci at the Cal-UCLA game in Berkeley yesterday. Mooch is a former Cal head coach and of course he fronted the 49ers for six seasons.

Steve Mariucci Denim Shirt With Jeans

He apparently had a security detail with him while getting to his seat in the stands. One problem though, my spy says no one recognized him. (Treehouses not yet wired for NFLN?)

UCLA Athletic Director Calls Karl Dorrell True Bruin Then Fires Him

“TRUE BRUIN” KARL DORRELL DUMPED AFTER FIVE YEARS: The LOS ANGELES TIMES reports today that Karl Dorrell has been fired by UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero.

Karl Dorrell UCLA

Statement from Guerrero: “This was a very difficult decision for me. Karl has represented this program with dignity and class. He is a true Bruin and I respect what he has accomplished in his five years as our head coach, particularly off the field.“The folks at USC would certainly agree that Dorrell was a “true Bruin”, which is why they are so upset that he was fired.

MORE: “Boise State’s Chris Petersen, Texas Tech’s Mike Leach and former NFL coach Steve Mariucci have already been contacted by representatives on behalf of the athletic department. DeWayne Walker will be the Bruins’ interim coach for the Las Vegas Bowl on Dec. 22..

MLB Minority Hiring Policy Could Be Delaying Dodgers Torre Hire

MLB HIRING POLICY DELAYING DODGERS DEAL W/TORRE: Many Dodgers fans are wondering why Joe Torre hasn’t been officially announced as their new skipper yet. But a couple of employment matters are putting things on hold.

Joe Torre SbB Girls Hot Dogs

Long-time Dodgers radio reporter A. Martinez was talking about the situation with John Ireland & Steve Mason on KSPN-AM’s “Big Show” on Wednesday.Martinez said that a possible snag in finishing the deal was Major League Baseball’s hiring policy, which requires teams to interview at least 1 minority candidate for any openings.

Mason joked to Martinez, “Then why don’t you apply?

Matt Millen

The Dodgers might be wanting to avoid the fate of Detroit Lions GM Matt Millen, who was fined by the NFL for his 2003 hire.That season, Millen had selected Steve Mariucci as his primary head coach target. He was so gung-ho about the Mooch that no other candidates were interviewed.

However, Matt’s quick choice went against league policy, which required a least one minority candidate to get the chance at the job. Millen was fined $200,000 for being so direct in his desires.

Steve Mariucci Lions

The Lions said they tried to interview minority applicants, but the five men they had in mind all turned them down. They declined because it seemed Mariucci was already a lock for the job.The Dodgers may now be facing a similar problem in their situation. It’ll be hard to look for prospects who already know there’s a slim-to-none chance of joining the team.

And it’s not just league formalities that are stifling the Torre deal. There’s also hiring concerns with the support staff:

The LOS ANGELES TIMES reports that Torre wants a voice in coaching staff decisions - namely, who the Blue Crew hire & how much they’ll get paid. Don Mattingly is expected to join Joe in the dugout if Torre agrees to a deal.Dodgers GM Ned Coletti has been mum about any progress or potholes. He’s only said that the team “has interest” in Torre, and refused to elaborate on the negotiations:

I don’t ever classify anything as close or far. It’s either done or not done, and it’s not done.”

Maybe they can come to a “mutual decision”, like they did with Grady Little.