Petros Papadakis, a former USC football player who is a radio personality and also a college football analyst for Fox, will no longer work as a
public-address announcer for USC men’s basketball games.
Papadakis, who had been in the role for 11 years, said Wednesday that he had not heard from USC about the coming season so he texted a school official on Tuesday to find out if he was still doing games. Papadakis said the official responded with a text saying no.
A USC athletic department spokesman said Wednesday that a school official had spoken with Papadakis’ representative earlier Tuesday.
The school said in a statement that because of “the many conflicts he had with his broadcasting work” Papadakis had worked three of 17 home games last season.
“We appreciate the work Petros did for us and wish him continued success in his radio and television career,” the statement said. “We felt it was important to have a consistent voice as our basketball PA announcer. … The in-game fan experience for USC men’s basketball continues to evolve and this year will see increased use of half-time presentations, DJ interaction, video board content and spirit squad performances.”
Papadakis said he would miss the connection to the program.
“I enjoyed the excitement and I’ll miss it, especially the relationships with the people at the [scorer’s] table and the players,” he said.
During his radio show, Papadakis has been critical of USC and the way administrators handled situations involving former football coaches Lane Kiffin and Steve Sarkisian.
Asked if Papadakis was let go because of his criticism of the USC, the spokesman said no.
“It seems to be the conclusion that people are coming to,” Papadakis said. “Honestly, I don’t know.”