Morning Buzz

USC’s in fourth place after Day 1 of the West Regionals track meet in Eugene, Ore., as high jumper Manjula Wijesekara won with a jump of 7-04.5. Corey White finished third in the javelin (237-07).
The women are in seventh place thanks to Eva Orban’s victory in the hammer throw (220-05).

Private School Handicap?

I’ve heard the excuse in some circles that baseball’s struggles are directly due to the fact private schools cannot put together a large roster with the 11.2 scholarship limit. It’s obviously a big burden for USC or other private universities.
But a quick check of the top 25 polls shows Rice, TCU, Gonzaga and Elon (Elon!) seem to be doing something right. And USC did make the NCAA Tournament in 15 of Mike Gillespie’s 20 seasons.

Starting Five?

Is this the current starting lineup for basketball next season?

PG Lamont Jones
SG Dwight Lewis
SF Marcus Johnson
PF Leonard Washington/Nicola Vucevic
C Alex Stepheson

Any one envision a different lineup? And who’s helping off the bench?

Money Conference

The SEC will distribute approximately $132.5 million to its schools at the end of the current fiscal year. The average amount distributed to each school was $11.1 million.
The league made $52 million from football television, $25.4 million from bowls, $14.3 million from the SEC Football Championship, $13.6 million from basketball television, $4.1 million from the SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament and $23.1 million from NCAA Championships.