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