Saturday, December 31, 2011

Holt, Mills, Cox fired - Seattle Times
The University of Washington has indeed made a major shakeup on its defensive coaching staff, announcing this morning that coordinator Nick Holt, linebackers coach Mike Cox and safeties coach have all been fired.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Matt Barkley helps put USC, as a university, in a new light - LA Times [Dwyre]
...little did anybody know that a college junior with good grades, a rifle for a throwing arm and a pot of gold beckoning him would stand up in Heritage Hall and, in a two-minute speech, do more than almost anybody or anything else in recent time to validate what USC wants to be and has become. Now, high school freshman football players who wanted to be Mark Sanchez want to be Matt Barkley first. Every university professor who despises the amount of money and energy used on football at the expense of his or her program despises football a tad less. It is easy to imagine college presidents around the country, upon viewing a snippet of Barkley on the evening news, sitting down in a big easy chair, lighting a pipe and muttering: "Thank God."...
Trojans team to beat in 2012 - OC Register
A few moments after 1 p.m. Thursday, USC became the team to beat for the 2012 BCS national championship.Trojan quarterback Matt Barkley’s decision on Tuesday to return to USC for his senior season guaranteed that the road to next year’s national title game in South Florida will start at 3911 South Figueroa Street. Barkley’s return is the final piece to Trojan formula that has all the ingredients for a run at another national title, scholarship reductions and all...
USC v. UCLA - LA Daily News
Is Norm Chow going to try and steal a UCLA commitment? Here is what tailback Steven Lakalaka told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. ``I would give it a thought. I'm still committed, but open-minded with my family," Lakalaka said. "I guess it does make a difference because he's a great coach.''...

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

A Well-Known Figure Passes - LA Times
A beloved figure within the USC football program, Xavier Suazo, passed away early this morning. Suazo served as a security coordinator for football and could often be seen escorting Larry Smith off the field. He was close to every coach from John Robinson to Lane Kiffin...
Matt Barkley, the greatest Trojan of them all? - LA Times
If the quarterback returns for his senior season, wins the Heisman and leads USC to a national title, some say he would be at the top of the heap...
Chow’s move to Hawaii good for him, bad for Utes - Salt Lake Tribune [Kragthorpe]
Norm Chow’s apparent departure from the University of Utah to become Hawaii’s head coach certainly raises some questions about the future for the Utes and what motivated him to look beyond a position that seemingly would be the last stop of his career. Yet anyone’s initial reaction should involve good feelings for Chow, who waited a long, long time for an opportunity like this...
PeteCarroll: very sad to hear of the passing of xavier "X-Man" suazo, a truly great trojan. condolences go out to his family and friends
Ohio State? Nothing to see there USC fans! - ESPN
Breathe, USC fans, breathe.
In fact, I'd suggest you ignore what happened Tuesday with Ohio State and its slap on the wrist from the NCAA for a massive systemic breakdown and a coverup by head coach, Jim Tressel...
...But here's the thing: Being outraged will accomplish nothing.
Graham gets $2 million a year - Football Rumor Mill
Graham gets $2 million a year at Arizona State
Hawaii hires Utah OC Norm Chow - Football Rumor Mill
Hawaii hires Utah OC Norm Chow as head coach
Chow poised to become Hawaii’s next coach - Salt Lake Tribune
It appears Utah offensive coordinator Norm Chow could finally have his shot at a head coaching position if he wants it. The Honolulu Star Advertiser is reporting the University of Hawaii administration has authorized athletic director Jim Donovan to negotiate a contract to hire the 65-year-old Chow to make him Hawaii’s next football coach...
NCAA Pulls Out Toy Hammer Against Ohio State - Lost Angeles
Really, guys? I’m tired of the media and the NCAA trying to explain how USC’s penalties and OSU’s are apples to oranges... ...Today, the NCAA ruled that Ohio State would serve a one-year bowl ban and add 4 scholarships to the 5 they “self sanctioned”.  And they hit Jim Tressel in the nuts with the NCAA equivalent of the scarlet letter (how appropriate...).
So, for USC’s crimes:  30 schollies, 2 year bowl ban.
For Ohio State’s crimes:  27 schollies, 1 year bowl ban.
This is just the latest in the NCAA’s final stand to claim any sort of control over their business that they still won’t admit is a business...
Pac-12 attendance down in 2011 - ESPN
Only four Pac-12 teams had better attendance in 2011 than 2010, and the conference's average attendance also was down, continuing a two-year trend. USC and Washington are the only conference teams that rank in the nation in the nation's top-25 for attendance, but both dropped from their numbers last fall. USC ranked 19th with an average of 74,806 this year...
Report: Ohio State to receive bowl ban - Orlando Sentinel
The NCAA has reportedly hit the Ohio State football program with a postseason ban for the 2012 season that according to The Columbus Dispatch. The move means the Buckeyes are automatically out of the running for any postseason bowl game next season......A postseason ban would be a huge blow for a program that is trying to rebuild under new head coach Urban Meyer. The former Florida coach was hired earlier this month and is already making recruiting waves...
Pelini to Penn State? - Football Rumor Mill
Bo Pelini will likely continue to find himself in the thick of Twitterverse coaching speculation, as he did Monday. [From The Harrisburg (Pa.) Patriot-News:] “Nebraska’s Bo Pelini talked to people at Penn State but is not in the mix, I’ve heard from two highly placed sources.” Pelini told me after practice Monday that nobody from Penn State has approached him or his agent about the head coaching vacancy. “You hear rumors, but … no, there’s been nothing,” he said. Said Osborne: “I’ve not heard anything from anybody at Penn State. And Bo has not mentioned anything about Penn State to me.” So, case closed? Well. … A gut feeling — OK, an informed gut feeling — tells me to keep an eye on this thing.

Penn State coaching vacancy - Football Rumor Mill
Penn State coaching vacancy is ‘toxic situation’
Five Pac-12 teams in recruiting top 25 - ESPN
On the field, the Pac-12 of late has produced elite teams but not a lot of depth in the top 25. The current ESPN Recruiting rankings are exactly the opposite. No conference team ranks among the first 15, but five rank between 18 and 25.x USC is 18th, California is 19th, Stanford is 20th, Arizona State is 24th and Oregon is 25th. Of course, recruiting rankings before the first of the year are not unlike the AP rankings in October: It's nice to be noticed but where you finish is what matters.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Rose Bowl tickets are still available from Oregon's allotment - The Oregonian
The tickets originally had been set aside for the university's internal use...
Top 10 college football bowl games of BCS era - The Oregonian
Sporting News picked the 10 best bowl games of the BCS era.
1. 2006 Rose Bowl
Texas 41, USC 38
The background:
USC (12-0), led by two Heisman winners, quarterback Matt Leinart and running back Reggie Bush, entered the Rose Bowl on a 34-game winning streak...
...The game: OK, so all Young had done was rush for 192 yards and pass for 267 more when the Longhorns faced fourth-and-5 at the USC 8 with under a half-minute to play. Which guy are you going to focus on? Which guy can you absolutely … not … let … beat you? Yet it's more a tribute to Young than an indictment of the Trojans' defense that he bounced on his toes, momentarily looking for an open receiver, before scrambling untouched along the right sideline for an 8-yard touchdown run with 19 seconds remaining...
History Lesson - LA Daily News
I mentioned this on twitter last week but new UCLA coach Jim L. Mora already faced USC when he was a graduate assistant at Washington. The then-No. 1-ranked Huskies were upset by USC, 16-7 at the Coliseum. How big an upset was it? Well, Ted Tollner coached the Trojans...
Can the Pac-12 get into better bowls? - ESPN
Larry Scott has worked magic in many areas since taking over as Pac-12 commissioner, but one of the next key areas for him to wave his magic commissioner's wand doesn't offer any obvious solutions: Conference bowl contracts. It's one of the most popular complaints among Pac-12 fans: Why are the conference bowl tie-ins so mediocre? Why can't the Pac-12 play the SEC in a bowl game?...
New coaches must win - Football Rumor Mill
New coaches must win right away

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Norm Chow could be emerging - Football Rumor Mill
Norm Chow could be emerging as the favorite for the Hawaii job...
Lane Kiffin wishes Nick Perry well in NFL draft - LA Times
"We counseled Nick throughout his decision-making process and we stand behind him on this decision," Kiffin said Saturday in a statement. "His career progression at USC continued climbing to a point where he was ready to make the jump to the NFL. "He was an awesome pass rusher for us and he created havoc throughout the Pac-12 this year in a league that featured many of the nation's most dangerous passing offenses. He will be a valued addition to any NFL team...

Friday, December 16, 2011

USC defensive end Nick Perry to enter NFL draft - LA Times,
USC is hoping that quarterback Matt Barkley and safety T.J. McDonald, both juniors, will return next season after Matt Kalil and Nick Perry decide to leave for the NFL...
Notre Dame's Rudy Used Sports Drink Company To Scam $11 Million - Deadspin
Daniel "Rudy" Ruettiger, the former Notre Dame walk-on whose life became the basis of one of the greatest sports films of all time, has been sued by the SEC for his involvement in a "pump-and-dump" stock scheme for his sports drink company, Rudy Nutrition...
Lane Kiffin backs Matt Kalil's decision to turn pro - LA Times
USC tackle Matt Kalil, who told The Times on Thursday that he would forgo a final season and enter the NFL draft, has the support of Trojans Coach Lane Kiffin...
Fairly Quick Decision - LA Daily News
When USC offensive tackle Matt Kalil announced he was going pro he said, ``I love this university. That's why it took a while to decide.'' The decision actually didn't seem to take so long. Underclassmen have until mid-January, so he could have waited...
USC's Matt Kalil forgoing senior season to enter NFL draft - LA Times
Kalil, an All-American left tackle, is projected by some to be the first lineman taken in the April draft. "It's time to move on," he says...

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Report says Kalil to enter NFL draft - OC Register
USC and former Servite High offensive tackle Matt Kalil has decided to forgo his senior season and enter the NFL draft, according to ESPN...
ASU's hiring of Todd Graham elicits skepticism - Arizona Republic [Bickley]
Todd Graham has won a lot of games and burned a lot of bridges, making him an intriguing hire for ASU football.
Pitt's Coach Told His Players He Quit Via A Forwarded Text Message - Deadspin
Todd Graham came on as Pitt's football coach last January, and he almost lasted an entire year with the Panthers. He announced today that he's leaving, after a 6-6 season in Pittsburgh, for sunny Arizona State University...

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Mike Leach's Business Partner Is A Publisher Of Guides To Houston Strip Clubs - Deadspin
Deposed Texas Tech boss Mike Leach just took over at Wazzu, and the local press is already hounding our favorite offensive innovator/pirate...
Rating Pac-12 coaches' job security - ESPN
We are about to type that Oregon State coach Mike Riley is on the hot seat. It feels strange, but it is true. And that tells you a lot about being a college coach in an automatic qualifying conference. Life is good, until it isn't. You make millions, but the put-up or get-out window has been reduced from five to three-to-four years. You win, win, win, win, lose, lose, and you're on the hot seat. Way it goes. So where do the Pac-12 coaches stand as we head into the bowl season?
Imagining the perfect coach - ESPN senior national columnist Gene Wojciechowski asks a question many athletic directors -- and fans -- have been asking themselves over the past few weeks: What is a perfect coach? Woj tries to come up with some ideas, and what he found is that many coaches have important elements of a perfect coach. Here are five observations from the Pac-12: The perfect coach is as good-natured as Oregon State's Mike Riley...
Mora Calls UCLA a 'Sleeping Giant' - The Wiz of Odds
UCLA introduced Jim Mora as its new coach on Tuesday. Mora, 50, agreed to a five-year deal worth a guaranteed $12 million plus incentives and bonuses. "This is proud institution, it's an outstanding academic institution. I say that it's a sleeping giant in college football," said Mora, who hasn't coached since 2009. Mora, a defensive specialist, is about to get a crash course in offenses, from Oregon's spread to USC's pro-style attack. Then there's Washington State and new coach Mike Leach, who simply doesn't care what defense you line up in...
No problem for Florida - Football Rumor Mill
No problem for Florida getting past Charlie Weis
Norm Chow among candidates - Football Rumor Mill
Norm Chow among candidates for Hawaii job

NCAA’s cash cow corrupts - Omaha World Herald

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Shirley case concludes - Seattle Times
The legal issues for UW defensive end Josh Shirley relating to an incident at UCLA in the summer of 2010 were recently resolved. Shirley, who originally signed with UCLA, was arrested in late June, 2010 along with then-Bruin teammates Paul Richardson and Shaquille Richardson on suspicion of theft...
Les Miles a candidate - Football Rumor Mill
Les Miles a candidate for Dolphins job

Jim Mora arrives to try to make UCLA relevant - USA Today
Mora has no college experience but says he is excited about hitting the recruiting trail...
Arizona State assistants - Football Rumor Mill
Arizona State assistants headed to UCLA?

Rumor at Alabama - Football Rumor Mill
Rumor at Alabama is that Nick Saban is targeting an NFL type as OC.

Monday, December 12, 2011

P.S.R. Heisman Watch: 2012 Watch List - Pre Snap Read
...1. QB Matt Barkley, U.S.C.
2011 totals 308 of 446 for 3,528 yards, 39 TD, 7 INT
Like his Pac-12 neighbor at Stanford, Barkley will enter 2012 as the leading Heisman contender — that’s if he returns to U.S.C. instead of throwing his hat in the ring for the N.F.L. Draft. I have a feeling Barkley returns; with his return comes the return of U.S.C.’s swagger, as the Trojans should enter next fall as the top-ranked team in the Pac-12. Barkley needs to duplicate Andrew Luck’s 2011 season while hoping no Griffin-like meteor swoops into the mix midway through the year and takes home the hardware. If this past fall is any indication, Barkley should again rewrite the U.S.C. record books as a senior...
USC's Matt Barkley, Matt Kalil, T.J. McDonald deal with 'mayhem' - LA Times
USC quarterback Matt Barkley, tackle Matt Kalil and safety T.J. McDonald are weighing whether to enter the NFL draft, putting them in the eye of a social media-fueled storm of speculation and opinion...
There Is Only One Pete Carroll, U.C.L.A. - Pre Snap Read
U.C.L.A. just saw the second part of the “Matrix” trilogy, loves Linkin Park’s new album and can’t believe they cancelled “Dawson’s Creek.” The Bruins are living in the past, and not the recent past: U.C.L.A.’s mindset is trapped in 2003, when everyone — not just the Bruins — was looking for the next Pete Carroll...
UCLA interim coach contacted by Akron - Football Rumor Mill
Mike Johnson’s future remains somewhat uncertain, though his high-profile seat-warming may help his prospects. [The UCLA interim coach] has been contacted about the head coaching position at the University of Akron, according to a source familiar with the situation. Johnson was UCLA’s offensive coordinator this season and was pegged to lead UCLA’s preparation for the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl after the school fired Rick Neuheisel two weeks ago. Johnson, who played quarterback at Akron in 1988 and ’89, did not directly comment on the Akron job Sunday after leading his first practice as interim coach...
Arizona State interested in Whittingham - Football Rumor Mill
The Republic confirmed a Fox Sports Arizona report Saturday that ASU has interest in Utah coach Kyle Whittingham for its vacant coaching position. In his seventh full season with the Utes, Whittingham is 65-25. Whittingham reportedly received a recent $525,000 pay bump, raising his annual salary to $1.7 million per year...
Pac-12 recruiting update - ESPN's latest recruiting rankings are out, and the Pac-12 continues to lag behind. USC is ranked 17th, Stanford is 19th, Arizona State is 24th and Oregon is 25th. The conference has commitments from just 11 from the ESPNU 150, and four of those are headed to USC...
Recruiting Scramble - LA Daily News
Lane Kiffin wants to bring in 5-6 players to enroll in January. The hard part is finding players that are eligible to enroll during the mid-year break. The Trojans are looking at offensive tackles Kyle Long and Menelik Watson of Saddleback College in Mission Viejo...
Video: Thoughts on UCLA hiring Mora - ESPN
What is the response to UCLA's hiring of Jim Mora? Pac-12 blogger Ted Miller goes over the good and the bad.
Larry Scott wants China to love the Pac-12, and for the Pac-12 to love China back, but first we're going to need some serious ground rules for engagement here. Assume you've already hurt their feelings, first of all, and that you need to apologize. But I haven't even talked to them yet, you say. Exactly. You should have talked to them before you were going to talk to them. China is your easily hurt older female relative whose first weapon is hurt and guilt, and like you, she's been doing it better than anyone and since the dawn of time itself...
Kalil, Lotulelei win Morris Trophy - ESPN
USC offensive tackle Matt Kalil and Utah defensive tackle Star Lotulelei have been named winners of the 32nd annual Morris Trophy.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Utah, Whittingham have new deal in works - Salt Lake Tribune
Even as Utah coach Kyle Whittingham continues to be mentioned in the coaching rumor mill as a possible candidate for openings at Arizona State and Penn State, the Utah Utes are preparing to make him a slightly richer man...
Te'o says he'll return for senior year - Southbend Tribune
Linebacker Manti Te'o announced Sunday night that he will return to Notre Dame for his senior year.
Pete Carroll couldn't think outside the box to recruit Tim Tebow - LA Times
Pete Carroll, then USC's coach, felt good about his chances of landing Tim Tebow after the quarterback visited in 2004. But that changed when Carroll visited Tebow's home . . . because of the mailbox...

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Oregon State DC Mark Banker to Hawaii? - Football Rumor Mill
Oregon State DC Mark Banker is reportedly a candidate for Hawaii job

Kyle Whittingham to Penn State? - Football Rumor Mill
Utah HC Kyle Whittingham reportedly contacted by Penn State
Barkley Tally - LA Daily News
Matt Barkley finished with 153 points and 11 first-place votes as he came in sixth place in the Heisman Trophy balloting.
Lane_Kiffin: Congrats to Coach Mora and welcome to LA - Twitter
Mike Bellotti’s $500K pension - Football Rumor Mill
Mike Bellotti’s $500K pension sweetened by Nike, ticket sales, Oregon Sports Network
Utah’s Whittingham a potential fit for Arizona State - Football Rumor Milll
Utah’s Whittingham a potential fit for Arizona State
Bruins hire Jim Mora - OC Register
UCLA has hired former Atlanta Falcons and Seattle Seahawks head coach Jim Mora as the Bruins’ next head football coach. Mora, 50, and UCLA agreed to terms Friday night and the current NFL Network analyst will be formally introduced as Rick Neuheisel’s replacement as early as Saturday...
Ex-Duck Cliff Harris apologizes to Oregon fans via Facebook - The Oregonian
The one-time star says there's more to the story of his dismissal, but doesn't go into any detail.
Season recap: USC - ESPN
USC TROJANS - Record: 10-2, 7-2 Pac-12
USC returned to the nation's elite in year two under coach Lane Kiffin, and it's a pity that the Trojans can't represent the Pac-12 in the bowl season due to dubious NCAA sanctions because few teams played better at season's end. Things didn't start off with a bang. A 3-0 start wasn't impressive against weak competition, and then the Trojans were sloppy in a loss at Arizona State. There was little hint that this was a top-10 team with a Heisman Trophy candidate at quarterback...

Friday, December 09, 2011

Coaching Searches Continue at U.C.L.A. and Arizona State - NY Times
June Jones and Arizona State did not make a deal; the U.C.L.A. Bruins are also still looking.

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Charlie Weis is the Next Coach at Kansas - Pre Snap Read.
Charlie Weis will be the next head coach at Kansas. I know you’ve heard this already, but give it another moment to sink: Kansas, looking to replace Turner Gill, hired Charlie Weis. Formerly of the N.F.L, formerly of Notre Dame, then of Florida. Weis, who went to back-to-back B.C.S. bowls with the Irish and then went 16-21 over three seasons with his own players and his offensive system fully in place. A coach whose schematic advantage was seemingly rivaled by his own arrogance. Weis, whose offense with the Gators finished the regular season ranked 102nd in the nation. This was surprising. Weis left Gainesville with class, first interviewing with Kansas without informing his boss, Will Muschamp, and then taking the job as Muschamp was on his way to a press conference for the Gator Bowl. Muschamp and Florida can take some solace in the fact that Weis’s replacement can only be an improvement...
Baylor coach Art Briles - Football Rumor Mill
Baylor coach Art Briles is getting hot at UCLA.
Arizona State - Football Rumor Mill
Arizona State search appears to be nearing train-wreck status….

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Beating Victim Identified LeGarrette Blount As "The Leader" In Attack - Deadspin
What's known is this: On Sept. 11, just after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers opened the season with a loss at home to the Detroit Lions, a 34-year-old man named Gary Holmer was severely beaten by two men after a minor car accident in which his vehicle knocked the mirror off another vehicle outside an apartment complex not far from Raymond James Stadium. Bucs running back LeGarrette Blount was there...

Monday, December 05, 2011

Why Matt Barkley Should Stay and Why We’ll Cheer If He Doesn’t - Lost Angeles
...I’m not begging you to stay. Truthfully, I’ve seen Palmer leave and Leinart arrive. I’ve seen USC replace too many great players in these ten or so years to feel the need to beg anyone to do anything, certainly not a guy who injected life back into the team and assured we’ll continue to prosper when that possibility was called into question. I’m just saying we’ve ridden the wave this far. You will be favored to win everything. You will get to face an SEC team. You will have a chance to literally prove that sanctions meant nothing. You can rewrite the history books where people try to explain what the NCAA’s harshest penalties in decades even accomplished...
Arizona loses two QBs - ESPN
Quarterback is suddenly a need position for Arizona in recruiting. The Wildcats announced Monday the transfer of two quarterbacks, freshman Daxx Garman and junior Tom Savage, who just a year ago transferred from Rutgers...
ASU football needs to think big - Arizona Republic [Cooper]
With the hottest name (Kevin Sumlin) apparently no longer an option, ASU should look for the biggest name. Think: Mike Bellotti...
Oregon Ducks' Cliff Harris blows his last chance - The Oregonian [Canzano]
It's a sad ending in Eugene for a player who held so much promise despite his troubled past.
UCLA considers Jim Mora Jr. - Football Rumor Mill
UCLA considers Jim Mora Jr. as options dwindle
Al Golden Rebuffs Interest from UCLA - Football Rumor Mill
Al Golden Rebuffs Interest from UCLA, Stays Put in Coral Gables.
Houston coach Kevin Sumlin is still in play - Football Rumor Mill
Houston coach Kevin Sumlin is still in play at Arizona State and at UNC

Scott: Bowl-eligible USC is good for business - OC Register
Think Larry Scott is eager to get USC back in the postseason mix next year? Before Friday’s Pac-12 Championship Game at Oregon, Scott revealed that USC was involved in two of ESPN/ABC’s top six highest-rated games this season (vs. Stanford, at Oregon). Scott also said it was “disappointing” that the Trojans were not allowed to participate. “It’s not something we control,” Scott said. “Obviously, we and USC are abiding by other decisions by the NCAA.”...
What's up with ASU, UCLA searches? - ESPN
...At UCLA, ESPN LA's Peter Yoon reported that interim head coach Mike Johnson would like to be considered for the job. Here's his update on other candidates:
UCLA has been turned down by Boise State coach Chris Petersen, according to a source with knowledge of the discussions, and eliminated Houston coach Kevin Sumlin as a candidate after meeting with him on Saturday, according to a source.
Luck wins Unitas Award - ESPN
Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck has been named the recipient of the 2011 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, which is presented to the top quarterback in the nation that best exemplifies outstanding character, citizenship, scholastic achievement, leadership qualities, and athletic accomplishments...
SMU coach June Jones seems to be losing steam at ASU - Football Rumor Mill
SMU coach June Jones seems to be losing steam at Arizona State

Sunday, December 04, 2011

Arizona State “pausing” on June Jones - Football Rumor Mill
Arizona State “pausing” on June Jones
P.S.R. 1-120: Week 15 Re-Ranking - Pre Snap Read
...5. U.S.C. (10-2, 7-2)
All that’s left: Matt Barkley to U.S.C. or the N.F.L.?...
USC wins 4th national title in a row - OC Register
The USC men’s water polo team became the first to win four consecutive national championships by defeating UCLA, 7-4, on Sunday in Berkeley. Top-seeded USC won its fifth title in seven seasons and its 116th overall team national championship. Senior goalie Joel Dennerley made 15 saves and landed NCAA Tournament MVP honors. Fellow senior Peter Kurzeka and sophomore Nikola Vavic joined Dennerley as first-team all-tournament selections. USC coach Jovan Vavic won his 10th national championship — seven with the Trojans men’s team, three with the women’s team...
Trojans climb to No. 5 in AP poll - OC Register
USC didn’t play this weekend, but the Trojans still made a move. USC climbed from ninth to fifth in the Associated Press Top 25. USC leapfrogged Virginia Tech (a big loser in the ACC title game), Oregon (a decent-sized winner in the Pac-12 title game), Arkansas (idle) and Boise State (which had been tied with USC for ninth but apparently left voters unimpressed after a 45-0 victory over New Mexico)...
Crist To Transfer - LA Daily News
Notre Dame quarterback Dayne Crist is going to transfer and will be eligible immediately if he attends a graduate program his undergrad school did not. If Matt Barkley were to turn pro, would USC be an option? Crist is from Southern California, after all.
USC v. UCLA - LA Daily News
Is Miami coach Al Golden a candidate? Does UCLA want Brennan Carroll as a recruiting coordinator?
Fresno State fires Pat Hill - Football Rumor Mill

As reported here earlier, Fresno State fires Pat Hill.

Kevin Sumlin off UCLA’s list - Football Rumor Mill
Kevin Sumlin off UCLA’s list
Stanford headed to Fiesta Bowl - ESPN
As expected, the Stanford Cardinal were tapped as an at-large selection for the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. They'll face Oklahoma State on Jan. 2 in Glendale, Ariz. Stanford held on to its No. 4 spot in the BCS standings, behind LSU, Alabama and Oklahoma State, guaranteeing them a spot in a BCS bowl game. At first glance, this game appears to be a shootout in the making featuring two of the nation's top quarterbacks in Stanford's Andrew Luck and Oklahoma State's Brandon Weeden.
Rumors circulating that Fresno State... - Football Rumor Mill
Rumors circulating that Fresno State likely to fire coach Pat Hill.
Leach, Rodriguez and, maybe, Jones in the Pac-12? What does it mean for Oregon? - The Oregonian
...things are shifting dramatically before our eyes. Washington State has brought Mike Leach and his Air Raid offense to Pullman. Arizona has imported Rich Rodriguez, who runs a spread-option offense that is strikingly similar to what Oregon does. SMU coach June Jones, the former Grant High and Portland State star, reportedly is talking to both Arizona State and UCLA. Under Jones, the old Mouse Davis run-and-shoot has evolved into an offense that recently took Hawaii to the Sugar Bowl...
Three coaches with Rich Rodriguez... - Football Rumor Mill
Three coaches with Rich Rodriguez ties leave Pitt, expected to join Arizona

Friday, December 02, 2011

...Neuheisel will need a new job and need one quickly, and in this economy that won't be easy. Fortunately, we have suggestions.
1. Local Los Angeles Cable Access Show Host. Like this guy, but with hair...
...4. Really Inaccurate Running Coach. "Eat whatever you want, and I mean whatever: old magazines, batteries, dead mice, whatever."
5. Barker Beauty
6. Modern Warfare 3 Game Curator and Original Four Loko Procurer for Team John Mayer
7. Internet Explorer Street Team Evangelist...
...10. Star of UPN series "My One Dad." About a guy who raises an imaginary daughter in a desert scrapyard while tripping balls on cough syrup
11. Swaziland's First Astronaut. And its last.
12. Roadie for a fictional band in a movie starring Mark Wahlberg. He will have no idea it's not an actual musical act.
13. New Boss on The Office, Season 38
14. Cran-Grape Mixologist
15. Ye Olde Renaissance Faire CPR Instructor
16. Rival Gigolo of Thomas Jane in "Hung" who's really bad at his job.
17. Recruiting Coordinator,
...19. World's Nicest DHS Screener. A full cavity search, sir? I promise, it won't so much as tickle, buddy...
...22. USC campus loop bus driver.
3 Offseason Directives: No. 1 -- Stick with offense - CBS Sportsline
The offense was much different at the end of the season than it was at the start, thanks to the development of an extraordinary WR corps. Coach Lane Kiffin needs to stay the course and not revert to the pro-style scheme that bogged down his offense in the first half of the season...
3 Offseason Directives: No. 2 -- Recruit the beef - CBS Sportsline
The OL will have significant turnover in the next couple seasons. Bringing in at least five OL in this recruiting class will set USC well for the next three seasons of limited scholarships due to probation...
3 Offseason Directives: No. 3 -- Find depth at DT - CBS Sportsline
The loss of DTs Christian Tupou and DaJohn Harris will create a depth problem for the interior of the DL in 2012. George Uko and J.R. Tavai are next in line to start, but the coaching staff will need to find recruits who can provide depth behind them...
Scott On USC - LA Daily News
...``Of course people will be disappointed that the team that finishes first in its division can't participate, but that's the nature of it. It will still be a great showcase. We're expecting a full house, electric atmosphere. There's an awful lot on the line. UCLA has the potential to pull off one of the greatest upsets in Conference history.''...
Sanctions or not, USC should be in Pac-12 title game - Stanford Daily [Beyda]
I love hating USC as much as the next guy, but this is just getting ridiculous.
Until now, I’ve never had a real problem with the sanctions enforced against the Trojans...Don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time. Don’t be surprised when innocent people get caught in the crossfire long afterwards...But all of a sudden, it feels like NCAA is making a mockery of college football fans...
The contrarian view of soon-to-be ex-UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel - The Oregonian
Actions speak louder than words, and Neuheisel demonstrates he is first-class human being.
Deadspin's College Football Top 25 Or So - Deadspin
...4. USC (10-2) Last week: 5
The outlaw Trojans ended their season in a blaze of glory, humiliating UCLA, 50-0. Because USC was a very bad program and allowed professional-caliber football play to be materially rewarded, it is not allowed to play in the Pac-12 championship game, let alone in one of the academically and ethically rarefied bowl games. So the official leader of the South Division is ... UCLA. Congratulations, Bruins! Good luck against Oregon.

USC quarterback Matt Barkley threw for 423 yards and six touchdowns against UCLA. He finishes the year with 3,528 yards, 39 touchdowns, and only seven interceptions. The Trojans had the 15th-best passing offense in the country, by yardage, and only the 56th-best rushing game.

Stanford's Andrew Luck, the presumed Heisman favorite, has 3,170 yards, 35 touchdowns, and nine interceptions. The Cardinal had the 26th-best passing offense in the country and the 22nd-best rushing offense...
This Is Strange: Happy Birthday, Britney - Pre Snap Read
A lot of strange things have happened since August...

Happy 30th Birthday Britney! @britneyspearsFri Dec 02 19:07:18 via webLane Kiffin

That’s Lane Kiffin, the newly-minted king of U.S.C., sending out 30th birthday wishes to Britney Spears — yeah, she’s 30. Feel old. Yesterday, after it surfaced that he had sent Urban Meyer a note of congratulations on being hired at Ohio State, Kiffin told The Sporting News’ Steve Greenberg that he was “growing up....

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Arrogant Game Recap: UCLA Bruins - Lost Angeles
With the amount of caviar and vintage champagne I partake of in any given weekend, I found it hard to determine the proper way to celebrate the victory over UCLA on Saturday night.  I mean, after the Oregon win, I opened something special, brought it to an Oregon fan’s place and proceeded to pour it in their toilet then flush.  That was representative of their “national title” hopes.  So if pouring a bottle of fine bubbly from the early 90s down a toilet was the Oregon celebration, what on earth could I do after we beat UCLA 50-0?  I mean, how do you go big enough to encapsulate the public execution that went down at the Coliseum?...
USC’s Kiffin now a vet after Pac-12 South purge - OC Register
It seems like Lane Kiffin is just getting started at USC. But, amazingly, he’s now the second-longest-tenured coach in the Pac-12 South. With half of the division’s coaches being fired, Kiffin trails only Utah’s Kyle Whittingham in terms of time on the job. Here’s a look at how long each coach has been in charge in the Pac-12:

  • Arizona: Rich Rodriguez, 1st year 2012
  • Arizona State: New coach TBD
  • Colorado: Jon Embree, 1 year
  • UCLA: New coach TBD
  • USC: Lane Kiffin, 2 years
  • Utah: Kyle Whittingham, 7 years

  • Cal: Jeff Tedford, 10 years
  • Oregon: Chip Kelly, 3 years
  • Oregon State: Mike Riley, 9 years
  • Stanford: David Shaw, 1 year
  • Washington: Steve Sarkisian, 3 years
  • Washington State: Rick Leach, 1st year 2012
USC football: Scholarship count - OC Register
As of this writing, USC has 67 scholarship players on its roster heading into the offseason. Here’s the breakdown by class:
  • Seniors + redshirt seniors = 18
  • Juniors + redshirt juniors = 12
  • Sophomores + redshirt sophomores = 21
  • Redshirt freshmen = 16
Given that USC is capped at 75 scholarship players starting next season, you’re probably wondering how Lane Kiffin is going to sign 15 recruits come February, plus five or so midyear enrollees...
Inside the Mind of Mike Leach - NY Times
...Third-down conversion rates tie in with first downs and number of plays. Those plays extend drives. While those statistics are important indicators, a coach has to be able to interpret the results.

“Here’s the catch. While those statistics are important to us, every single one of them might be meaningless depending on the type of game we happen to be playing. If you’re in a game where you can score on three-play drives all the time, those statistics don’t really mean very much. As a coach, you have to be flexible about how you interpret them.

“Statistics and analytics have their place in sports. They help to organize data and crystallize tendencies. However, statistics also have their limitations. Football is made up of numerous variables. People who try to define the game through one or two variables underestimate the game’s complexity...
UCLA Reaches New Low - Lost Angeles
Really, UCLA? If you turn down your television, your console, your iPod and you turn off your AC, you can hear something peculiar in the distance.  It’s a tearing sound.  It’s a ripping sound.  It’s UCLA loyalists shredding their powder blue fan gear. Actually, they aren’t doing this, but they should be.  UCLA is going for a new low.  Not a new low for them.  Not a new low for Pac 12 football.  A new low for football in general...
NFL draft: Matt Barkley’s stock is rising - OC Register
USC quarterback Matt Barkley‘s strong finish has vaulted him into draft expert Todd McShay‘s top five. Barkley had been No. 6 last week. One only can wonder what his official NFL draft evaluation will say. Barkley also has climbed from No. 10 to No. 7 on Mel Kiper‘s Big Board...
Quote Of The Night - LA Daily News
"We didn't have time to wallow in self pity. We didn't have time to go through the carnage that was that evening." -- UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel on coming off USC game and playing Oregon on Friday.
ShelleyESPN: Barkley has a tough decision to make - ESPN
ShelleyESPN: Barkley has a tough decision to make - Los Angeles Usc Blog - ESPN Los Angeles
Mike Leach Helps Keep Pullman Weird - Pre-Snap Read
Pullman’s not Los Angeles. But you knew that. Pullman isn’t Seattle, which you also knew. Pullman is different: it’s more accepting of, let’s say, quirky personalities. Not crazy, mind you; when it comes to crazy, Pullman is as unforgiving as any place in America. But Pullman is a place where a coach can let his hair down, such as Mike Price did for a generation. It’s quirk-friendly, in short. When coaching the Cougars, you can be yourself. You can be wacky. You can call out your players’ girlfriends...
Failure to control Burfict cost Erickson his job - Arizona Republic
Former Arizona State great Danny White praised recently fired coach Dennis Erickson for upgrading the program's talent, but wondered if enough emphasis was placed on intangibles like discipline and mental toughness.
Dept. Of Irony - LA Daily News
One of USC's leaders this season was tight end/fullback Rhett Ellison, a first team special teams selection on the all-Pac-12 team. So it was even more ironic that during his senior year in high school, then-assistant coach Lane Kiffin recommended removing his scholarship offer.
Rich Rodriguez Took The Arizona Job Without Ever Visiting The School - Deadspin
On KTAR radio in Phoenix this morning (via Sports Radio Interviews), RichRod said he signed his contract without seeing the campus, or the barren wastelands that surround Tucson. Or, presumably, the roster.
Diddy's Son Commits To UCLA The Day After Its Coach Gets Canned - DeadSpin
Justin Combs, son of the artist formerly known as a lot of different names and now known as Diddy, announced today that he will play football at UCLA next year.
3 Top Returnees in 2012: No. 1 -- WR Woods - CBS Sportsline
WR Robert Woods caught more passes in a single season (111) than any receiver in Pac-12 history in 2011, and he was only a sophomore. The Biletnikoff finalist will headline what should be 2012's top WR corps.
3 Top Returnees in 2012: No. 2 -- WR Lee - CBS Sportsline
Some believe that true freshman WR Marqise Lee was even better than teammate Robert Woods by the end of the 2011 season. The Pac-12 co-Freshman of the Year caught 73 passes for 1,143 yards and 11 TDs. Even more will be expected of him in 2012, when he and Woods will be Biletnikoff Award favorites.
3 Top Returnees in 2012: No. 3 -- CB Robey - CBS Sportsline
Only one CB in the conference made the first-team all-Pac-12 squad in 2011 and that was Nickell Robey . The sophomore was all over the field for the Trojans, collecting 63 tackles, 2 interceptions, 9 pass breakups and 2 sacks. He'll be a Thorpe Award candidate in 2012.
Pac-12 rains on its own title game - The Oregonian [Canzano]
...Still, it will be Paul Olden, voice of the New York Yankees, on the microphone for Friday's game. The conference is going to let Essig "complement" Olden, which is only to say I'm thinking they'll let him do his "it never rains" bit and then, hand him a hotdog and a drink. This must be immediately rectified...
New Pac-12 coaches are in the money - ESPN
The economy is still in the dumps in a lot of places, but not if you want to become a Pac-12 head coach. For those keeping score at home, here's where the conference coaching salaries stand now, with Arizona State and UCLA still looking for new coaches.

Chip Kelly, Oregon, $2,800,000
Jeff Tedford, California, $2,300,000
Steve Sarkisian, Washington, $2,250,000
Mike Leach, Washington State, $2,250,000
Rich Rodriguez, Arizona, $1,910,000
Kyle Whittingham, Utah, $1,700,000
Mike Riley, Oregon State, $1,313,471
Jon Embree, Colorado, $725,000
3 Players to Watch in 2012: No. 1 -- QB Kessler - CBS Sportsline
Redshirt freshman Cody Kessler appears to have the best shot at winning the starting QB job if Matt Barkley heads to the NFL. He was praised by coaches during the fall for his accuracy and command of the offense. If he can be consistent and limit mistakes, USC will be a national title contender.
3 Players to Watch in 2012: No. 2 -- LB Dawson - CBS Sportsline
True freshman Lamar Dawson took over at MLB for senior Chris Galippo toward the end of 2011 and, by the looks of it, he's ready to blossom. The 6-2, 235-pounder had 25 tackles, 2 TFLs and 1 sack while starting three games
3 Players to Watch in 2012: No. 3 -- OT Graf - CBS Sportsline
RT Kevin Graf is the prime candidate to replace All-American LT Matt Kalil, who is likely headed to the NFL as a top 10 pick in next spring's draft. Even if he stays at RT, Graf will be considered one of the better OL in the Pac-12 in 2012.
Neuheisel: UCLA is 'not going to contain Oregon for 60 minutes' - The Oregonian
Slowing down the Ducks is nearly impossible according to UCLA's coach, but responding to them is key

Monday, November 28, 2011

Seven USC players are selected to the Pac-12 first team - LA Times
They include receiver Robert Woods. Quarterback Matt Barkley is a second-team selection. Receiver Marqise Lee and linebacker Dion Bailey are the offensive and defensive freshmen of the year...
Paul Wulff lobbies on his behalf - Football Rumor Mill

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Barkley won’t get emotional during possible finale - OC Register
Regardless of whether Saturday’s game against UCLA is Matt Barkley’s last in a USC uniform, don’t expect the junior quarterback to get sentimental about it.

“I usually take emotion out of the game,” Barkley said Tuesday. “When I look back, that’s when the emotions will probably kick in, if I do decide to leave.”...
UCLA vs. USC: The top 10 recruits at stake - OC Register
The USC-UCLA game is the biggest day of football in Los Angeles. That goes for recruiting as well. For the Trojans, Saturday is their final game to make an impression on high school prospects. For UCLA, it's their most important one.

Both teams enter this weekend with a lot of uncertainty looming. UCLA's signing class might look dramatically different than how it's shaping up if Rick Neuheisel is fired. Lane Kiffin's job is secure, but he's working with limited scholarships as USC has been capped at 75 — 15 per signing class — for the next three seasons...
HPD investigates allegations of point shaving by UH football - Honolulu Star-Advertiser
..."UH has alerted the NCAA about the anonymous letter and its contents and, in discussions with them, has been informed it is 'doing exactly what you need to be doing' in this situation," Greenwood said...
Andrew Luck or Matt Barkley? Heisman debate is heating up - LA Times
Stanford's Andrew Luck is the apparent front-runner, but Oregon coach says USC's Matt Barkley was the best against the Ducks...
Bowl Practices Not Significant? - LA Daily News
Lane Kiffin said today that USC's bowl ban actually helped recruiting last year because it gave the coaching staff more time to recruit. He also said he didn't think the 15 bowl practices mattered much. "I think it's overrated," Kiffin said.
Barkley On UCLA - LA Daily News
"We're not trying to upset their season, we're trying to make the most of our season." -- USC quarterback Matt Barkley
Football School Again - LA Daily News
Robert Woods said when he and tight end Randall Telfer went to class Monday, students burst into applause. ``I thought it was funny,'' Woods said.
Good news, bad news on injury front - OC Register
Quick hitters from USC’s Tuesday-morning practice:
** Several players who were hurt during the Oregon game were able to practice on at least a limited basis. They included linebackers Dion Bailey and Lamar Dawson, fullbacks Rhett Ellison and Ross Cumming, and defensive tackle Christian Tupou...
** ...Kiffin wore a bright-red Mater Dei High sweatshirt during practice. “I wore a Serra sweatshirt on ESPN, and then I wore it in our team meeting room,” Kiffin said. “Then (Matt) Barkley, Khaled (Holmes), Robbie Boyer, Kennedy Polamalu and (offensive assistant) Lenny Vandermade didn’t like it very much, so I had to wear this today.”
Fun with Oregon Hate Mail - Lost Angeles
I clearly offended Oregon and in arrogant fashion, I am going to post and respond to some of the better comments I got just for your pleasure.  After all, this is the last time I have to think about the Ducks for a while, unless I eat pate or fois gras at Thanksgiving (considering it if there’s a good beer to pair it with, maybe something from Portland)...
NCAA nears revamp of sports agent oversight - Football Rumor Mill
NCAA nears revamp of sports agent oversight; eyes national registration

A Discipline Problem - The Wall Street Journal
...Joe Paterno clashed repeatedly with the university's former chief disciplinarian over how harshly to punish players who got into trouble...shedding new light on the school's effort to balance its reputation as a magnet for scholar-athletes with the demands of running a nationally dominant football program...

...Mr. Paterno believed that the school's code of conduct should not apply to any incidents that take place off campus—that those should be handled by police—and they shouldn't be allowed to affect anyone's status as a student.

"Coach Paterno would rather we NOT inform the public when a football player is found responsible for committing a serious violation of the law and/or our student code," she wrote, "despite any moral or legal obligation to do so."...
Can Kiffin coach? Maybe the answer is yes - ESPN
...The 38-35 win at Oregon on Saturday hinted that, yes, he can. That he might be growing into the job. That he's matured as a leader and motivator. At 9-2 and ranked 10th in the AP Poll as well as the Power Rankings, he's a win over rival UCLA away from what would unquestionably be considered a successful season: a "true" South Division championship, 10 wins, a top-10 ranking, a win over top-five team (Oregon) and wins over rivals Notre Dame and UCLA...
Dennis Erickson's ASU football program is healthy - Football Rumor Mill

Is the clock ticking on Arizona State’s Erickson? - Football Rumor Mill

USC football: Letdown for UCLA? No way - OC Register
USC coach Lane Kiffin and his players insist they’ll have no trouble recharging their batteries for UCLA despite coming off the program’s biggest victory of the past two seasons...

...Despite Kiffin’s confidence, he’ll be waging a battle all week long against human nature. No matter what he says about last week’s upset at Oregon being just “the next game on the schedule,” it felt a lot bigger than that...

Monday, November 21, 2011

Top beneficiary of Oregon Public Employees Retirement System: Mike Bellotti - The Oregonian
The top beneficiary of Oregon's state pension system is former University of Oregon football coach Mike Bellotti, who retired last year to go to work as an ESPN commentator and now collects a state pension of nearly a half million dollars a year, according to data released to The Oregonian Monday by the Oregon Public Employees Retirement System...
P.S.R. 1-120: Week 13 Re-Ranking - Pre-Snap Read [NY Times]
...5. Stanford (10-1, 8-1)
A Rose Bowl trip is a fine consolation for the Cardinal.
6. U.S.C. (9-2, 6-2)
Seems as if the Trojans could beat anyone right now...
When UCLA, USC meet in football, defense (against pranks) is key - LA Times
While city rivals' teams prepare to do battle on Saturday, students guard against potential attacks on campus during the week, with particular attention paid to Tommy Trojan and Bruin Bear statues...
Robert Woods remains on pace to set USC, Pac-12 receiving records - LA Times
Sophomore has 99 receptions, three short of the school and conference mark set by Keyshawn Johnson in 1995.
Kiffin Quote Of The Day - LA Daily News
``Kinda crazy, after watching the tape, we didn't play all that well.'' -- USC coach Lane Kiffin
Neuheisel draws Barkley and Luck comparison - CBS Sportsline
Coach Rick Neuheisel believes the QB that UCLA will face Saturday, USC's Matt Barkley , is on the same level as fellow Heisman Trophy candidate, Stanford's Andrew Luck. "They're very, very comparable, the only thing Andrew has over Matt is he's a little bit more mobile," Neuheisel said. "(Barkley) is almost more dangerous.''
Arizona hires former Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez - Football Rumor Mill
The final 151 seconds - ESPN
...USC didn't give up any gigantic plays to the Ducks, so they were forced to try to grind it out. Kelly ran 15 plays on the final drive -- more than the Ducks had run on any other series in all of Saturday's game.

They weren't well-equipped to succeed in that situation, and they clearly didn't expect to be kicking the field goal. But USC expected them to.

"We have confidence in our special teams and our field-goal block team," safety Jawanza Starling said. "If the game's on the line, we're gonna make a play."...
Arrogant Game Recap: Oregon Ducks - Lost Angeles
...Let me begin by remind you, Arrogant Nation, what our goal was this year.  It was to win the Pac-12 South and make Larry Scott look like a fool for lumping the conference title game in with the NCAA instead of doing what the rest of the world does, protect it’s own, especially the only relevant football team you have.  Keep hanging that hat on Stanford and Oregon, Larry.  I hear they are huge in big games...
This Week In The Pac-12 - California Golden Blogs
...USC 38, Oregon 35...Imagine what Andrew Luck would do if he had Robert Woods and Marquise Lee to throw to.  After Barkley goes pro, USC's new quarterback needs to be awful, because he'll be throwing to the best WR tandem in the nation. It's pretty amazing that Oregon even had a chance to tie this game considering what USC's defense did to the Oregon offense for three quarters...
Between the Synapses: Oregon Coach Chip Kelly - Every Day Should Be Saturday
To paraphrase Wu-Tang, the game of football is like a swordfight: you must think first, before you move.  Even the most talented athletes are useless without the most exacting and carefully-planned strategies.  Oregon's Chip Kelly knows this, but even he couldn't handle Lane Kiffin's Troll Style.  (It's immensely strong, and immune to nearly any criticism.)...
Pac-12 Players of the Week - ESPN
Receiver Marqise Lee and linebacker Hayes Pullard of USC and Utah kicker Coleman Petersen have been named Pac-12 Players of the Week.
From the official release:

Lee, a freshman from Inglewood, Calif., had 325 all-purpose yards in USC’s 38-35 win at Oregon. He had eight catches for a career-high 187 yards, including a 59-yard touchdown to open the Trojans’ scoring. Lee also had six kickoff returns for 134 yards and four rushing yards...
School hypes Matt Barkley for Heisman Trophy - LA Times
USC quarterback Matt Barkley is back in the Heisman Trophy discussion. The junior passed for four touchdowns in USC's 38-35 victory over Oregon on Saturday and has passed for 33 touchdowns, with seven interceptions, this season. On Monday, USC released this video, hyping Barkley for the Heisman, which is awarded annually to the  outstanding player in college football...
LB's Pullard and Bailey chasing history - CBS Sportsline
LB Hayes Pullard's team-high 14 tackles in the 38-35 win over Oregon gave him 72 on the season, just four behind LB Dion Bailey's team-leading 76. With one game left to go, both are attempting to become the first freshman ever to lead USC in tackles.
Oregon Report Card - LA Daily News
And here are my opponent grades for the USC-Oregon game: QB: C+ TB: B+ WR: B OL: C+ DL: C- LB: C- DB: D ST: C- Coaching: D
WR Lee closing on on 1,000 yards - CBS Sportsline
WR Marqise Lee has 919 receiving yards, putting him 81 yards short of becoming just the second freshman in school history to top the 1,000-yard receiving mark in a season. All-American Mike Williams totaled 1,265 yards as a freshman in 2002.