What’s included in this week’s sports media column:
The Jack Baric “A City Divided” documentary on the USC-UCLA rivalry may not be seen again this week – it debuted Monday – but there’s more planned for it starting next season. There’s also a condensed version of the blog post about the new Michael McKnight book “Intercepted” on Darryl Henley.
And we also had more on the dish putting a fork in it: DirecTV signing with Time Warner Cable to carry the SportsNet/Deportes channels.
What could have been but wasn’t:
== For better or worse, in sickness and in health, Gus Johnson, Charles Davis and Julie Alexandria have the USC-UCLA game Saturday (noon, Channel 11).
Other Pac-12 games: ESPN’s “College GameDay” is at Eugene, Ore., for Oregon-Stanford (Saturday, 7 a.m.), with Brent Musburger, Kirk Herbstreit and Heather Cox calling the game (Saturday, 5 p.m.). It’s ESPN’s seventh visit to Eugene, and they’ve been coming at least once four years in a row. Justin Kutcher, Eric Crouch and Darius Walker have Washington at Colorado (10:30 a.m., FX), Joel Davis and Kelly Stouffer have Arizona at Utah (7 p.m., ESPNU), Kevin Calabro, Adam Archuleta and Yogi Roth have Washington State at Arizona State (noon, Pac-12 Network), Ted Robinson, Glenn Parker and Ryan Nece have Cal at Oregon State (7:30 p.m., Pac-12 Network).
== The NFL slate: Fox’s Joe Buck, Troy Aikman and Pam Oliver have Green Bay-Detroit (10 a.m., Channel 11), CBS’ Greg Gumbel and Dan Dierdorf have Cleveland-Dallas (10 a.m., Channel 2) and Kevin Harlan and Solomon Wilcots have San Diego-Denver, while NBC’s Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth and Michele Tafoya have Baltimore-Pittsburgh (5:20 p.m., Channel 4).
== ESPN sends former Indiana basketball coach Bob Knight to be on the broadcast team with Dan Shulman and Andy Katz for the Hoosiers’ contest against Georgia on Monday from Brooklyn (2:30 p.m., ESPNU). If UCLA knocks off Georgetown (Monday, 5 p.m., ESPN2, with Shulman, Dick Vitale and Katz), it’s Shulman, Vitale and Katz calling the Bruins against the Hoosiers in the title game (Tuesday, 7 p.m.). If they both lose, they’re in the third place game (4:30 p.m., ESPNU) with Shulman, Knight and Katz. Read more on the ShermanReport.com.
USC’s trip to the Maui Invitational includes Sean McDonough, Jay Bilas and Bill Raftery doing its game against Illinois (Monday, 9 p.m., ESPN2).
== For those with DirecTV who can now watch the TWC SportsNet channel: The Kareem Abdul-Jabbar statue unveiling outside of Staples Center airs at 4:30 p.m. tonight, leading into the Lakers-Suns game.
== The high school football playoff coverage tonight: Fox Sports West has Mater Dei-Alemany from the Santa Ana Bowl (7 p.m.), while the Prep Zone web coverage includes Notre Dame-St. John Bosco, Long Beach Poly-Mission Viejo, Palos Verdes-Hart and Vista Murrieta-Norco (all at 7 p.m.).
== FSW also has the Division IAA girls high school volleyball finals between Redondo and Marymount from Santiago Canyon College (Saturday, 8 p.m.), with the other division games on the Prep Zone website (including Chadwick vs. Whittier Christian for the Division 2A final at 11:30 a.m.) The boys water polo finals are also on the Prep Zone website leading into the D-I finals at 7 p.m.
== The last of a four-part series called “The Health of the Game” airs on the NFL Network today (4 p.m.) as part of NFL Total Access. Andrea Kremer has been a key addition to the league-owned channel as it tries to address more things like concussions and technology involved in cutting down on injuries. Today’s segment focuses on youth football.
== ESPN did a deal with the L.A. Athletic Club to be the exclusive multimedia and announcement partner of the John R. Wooden Award, given to the top college basketball player each year during Final Four weekend.