What else would you expect? It’s a beautiful night in Salt Lake City, which is easily one of the best stops in the Pac-12.
The North Carolina academic fraud case has been described as the “largest” in NCAA history.
That said, does anyone think the NCAA will do anything close to what it did to USC? Half of what it did to USC? A quarter of what it did to USC? Anyone? Anyone?
Here’s some notes on the USC-Utah series:
The venerable betting publication, the Gold Sheet, picks Utah to defeat USC, 26-23.
“The Trojan defense, mesmerized by BC QB Murphy, will certainly see some of the same option schemes from the Utes’ 6-1 Kendal Thompson, with Utah HC Whittingham also able to call on 6-7 jr. rocket launcher Travis Wilson.”
With USC special teams a mixed bag, Steve Sarkisian was asked if he would hire someone who only coached those units. Johnny Nansen coaches special teams and running backs.
“In this day and age, every special teams coach that I can think of in college football coaches a position,” Sarkisian said. “It’s just part of the job.”
But Kansas State is one program that does not have the special teams coach do anything else. Full story here
Another week passes with cornerback Josh Shaw suspended. Is he ever going to play? USC says little about his status. A reader offers his own theory: “Josh Shaw is still being listed as a USC captain in the weekly release. He has essentially been `suspended’ seven games, and counting. That seems a bit excessive for lying, no matter how big the lie. I am guessing there is a problem arising out of the legal representation (impermissible benefit not available to other students). I am wondering when USC will come clean on this story.”