Monday links and notes

A few USC-related tidbits to relay on this rainy-turned-sunny Monday in Los Angeles:

  • Trojan baseball returns to Dedeaux Field on Wednesday to host Cal State Bakersfield in a non-conference midweek game. The team has lost four of its last six games, making fourth-year head coach Chad Kreuter's seat just a little bit hotter. Kreuter has been almost exactly a .500 coach in his time with the Trojans, and with 14 wins and 14 losses so far this season, his all-time record stands at 97-99. There has been somesome speculation among those close to the program Kreuter may be on his way out in the near future — and if you look closely, athletic director Mike Garrett has been essentially avoiding the topic of baseball in some of his "From the Desk of the A.D." blog entries on USC's official blog.

  • USC sophomore golfer Jennifer Song finished as the top amateur at the first LPGA Major of the 2010 season over the weekend. Song finished 21st overall at 1-over par for the weekend at the Kraft Nabisco Championship, held in Rancho Mirage. She had been in the top 10 overall halfway through the tourney on Friday after shooting 71's each of the first two rounds and told the L.A. Times: “Everybody comes to win the tournament. I’ll be really happy if I make the top five. I don’t think about the cut when I come to a tournament. For me, internally, I think it keeps me in a positive state. I just keep telling myself to believe in myself because I have the game." Song announced earlier this year she will leave USC and turn professional following an amateur tournament this June.

  • Our Ted Miller offers a feature on USC center Kristofer O'Dowd. O'Dowd, Miller notes, was lauded by many to be the best center in the nation prior to last season, but the Arizona native struggled after dislocating his right kneecap and starting only seven games. Now, O'Dowd is fighting through an injury in spring practice and leading the young offensive line. His success this season at center will be crucial to a successful season from A highlight from the piece comes in a quote from O'Dowd, who's displayed humility often in his time at USC: "What hurt the most was knowing I could play at a certain level and knowing what I could do but I wasn't getting there. That was the most frustrating thing.