One more reminder to USC fans that Sanchez isn’t coming back — Video game cover perk

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Mark Sanchez has flushed himself out of the pocket and pocketed some nice spare chance by bagging a cover spot on the EA Sports NCAA Football ’10 video game, which comes out July 14.

Well, at least Sanchez is one of four winners in this beauty contest.

He made the PSP (PlayStationPortable) version of the game. Michael Crabtree, the former Texas Tech receiver, has the prime spot on the Xbox 360 cover. Somehow, former Utah QB Brian Johnson landed the Playstation3 cover. And then former Texas DE Brian Orakpo made it on PlayStation2.

You think they’d offer Sanchez the PlayStation1 cover? Atari?

From the EA press release:

“NCAA Football 10 also introduces TeamBuilder, an all-new, online create-a-school feature that will enhance the user’s ability to produce personalized content. With the capability to upload logos and numerous customization options for uniforms, fields, rosters, and much more, TeamBuilder gives users the opportunity to design completely original teams with infinite possibilities.”

Such as, putting Sanchez back in the USC offense a tight end to help Aaron Corp call plays in 2009.

A report on SportingNews.com and ProFootballTalk.com say that Percy Harvin was supposed to be on the Xbox 360 cover, but the Florida wide receiver was dropped when EA was skiddish over him allegedly testing positive for marijuana at the NFL scouting combine.

Meanwhile …

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EA Sports has nine finalists to appear on the cover of the “Madden NFL 10″ videogame, with the cover athlete to be announced Friday and the game coming out Aug. 14 (linked here).

Among the soon-to-be-jinxed players are a couple of other USC alums: Steelers safety Troy Polamalu and Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel. Oh, and Colts QB Peyton Manning, Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald, Cowboys linebacker DeMarcus Ware, Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger, Giants running back Brandon Jacobs, Vikings running back Adrian Peterson and Ravens safety Ed Reed.

Wrote Fanhouse.com’s Bruce Ciskie: “I would be shocked if Polamalu and his wild hair weren’t the choice. Not only is he one of the best players in the NFL, but he’ll also make a great representative for the game. He’s very recognizable among the younger demographic EA targets with these games.”

Thanks to Sports Business Daily for digging up those last morsels of Maddenmania. No wonder JM has stepped back from his NBC duties. He’s got a whole other world out there in video game maddness to tend to.

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