Where to find this week’s sports media column:
Traditionally, we throw out our “Dubious Dozen of the Sports Media” for the Black Friday after Thanksgiving, but this year, we’re pushing it back to a more digestible December feast and going with a USC-UCLA angle to this one. In this case, it’s a book by former Trojans walk-on and Chaminade High grad Tim Lavin called “Walk-On U,” and how he’s trying to expose some of the NCAA hypocrisy that underminds the success of non-scholarship players.
What else could have been included in the media column but was pushed here instead:
== Lavin has two meet-and-greet book signings scheduled for this weekend. Saturday, he’s at the Trojan Football Alumni Tailgate party near the peristyle entrance to the Coliseum, from 1 p.m. until the 5 p.m. kickoff (and possibly making an appearance on the USC extended pregame show on KSPN-AM (710). Sunday at 1 p.m., Lavin will be at the Fat Face Fenners Fishack near the Hermosa Beach Pier starting at 1 p.m.
== One of the things that Lavin says he gets “fired up watching” is this YouTube.com clip of Vanderbilt’s Marc Panu being promoted from a fourth-year walk-on to scholarship player by head coach (and reportedly someone USC is interested in hiring) James Franklin during a players’ film session. “It’s still chilling to me to watch, and I’ve seen it 400 times,” said Lavin. “I feel like we’re brothers.” It is inspiring:
== In reference to note we have in the column about the ESPN “Outside the Lines” piece airing Sunday (5 a.m., ESPN2) on former UCLA quarterback Bobby San Jose, here’s a link to the Press-Telegram story about his death, and here’s a link to a short preview of the ESPN piece.
== The lineup for Friday’s high school football playoff coverage is highlighted with the Pac-5 semifinal between Mater Dei and Long Beach Poly at Veterans Stadium in Long Beach on Fox Sports West (7:30 p.m., with Mark Rogondino, John Jackson, Rahshaun Haylock and Alex Curry).
On the online Prep Zone, there is, at 7 p.m.:
= Pac-5 semifinal St. John Bosco-Alemany (David Caldwell, Tony Moskal, Chris Hale)
= Western Division semifinal: Lompoc-Chaminade (Dennis Ackerman, Chris Galippo)
= Western Division semifinal: Serra-St. Francis (Paul Westphal, James Washington)
= Southwest Division: Huntington Beach-Edison (Fred Salas, Mike Karney)
Also, two 8-Man championships on Saturday are on the PrepZone:
= Div. 1: Coast Union vs. Faith Baptist, 1:30 p.m.
= Div. 2: Joshua Springs vs. Trinity Classical Academy, 7 p.m.
== If Ron Burgundy ends up as the next celeb ESPN “SportsCenter” anchor (check Dec. 5 schedule, 3 p.m.), it makes perfect sense for his movie career.
== Lee Hamilton (not his real name), writing for a newspaper (a real newspaper) … but don’t assume it was just them calling him to set it all up.
== The new voice of ESPN’s Pro Bowling Association coverage: Mike Jakubowski. And it has 10 letters. The net starts its 34th season of PBA coverage with the Cheetah Championship on Sunday (10 a.m.), and the 2013-14 season has 36 hours of coverage through April 13 (up from 29.5 hours in 20120-13) as part of a new five-year deal with the league. That includes a live show from L.A. Live’s Lucky Strike for the Chris Paul PGA League All-Stars charity event on Feb. 2.
Jakubowski will team up with analyst Randy Pedersen (in his 13th season) and former Miss USA Kimberly Pressler is the sideline reporter. Should Pressler not be able to fulfill her duties as PBA sideline reporter, there is no first runner-up to take her place, but it likely could be supplemented by putting a live mike on Pete Weber, Jr.