In this segment, a question about scholarships and the Pac-12 schedule.
Q: NJ Trojan said:
How come SC can offer 9 scholarships to mid-year enrollees? My understanding is that SC, like all FBS schools, was allowed to sign 25 against the ’10-’11 AY. Hall, Prater & Baxter enrolled in 1/10, so their scholarships counted against the ’09-’10 AY. Kiffin awarded 3 scholarships to WOs this year (Markowitz, Cumming & Houston); he offered a scholarship to Collier who transferred from Miami; & those 4 scholarships count against the ’10-’11 AY. SC signed 14 other FR who enrolled in 8/10 (DiPoalo, Scroggins, Morgan, Grimble, Telfer, Woods, Ambles, Uko, Thomas, Pullard, Bailey, Wright, Robey & Brown) & those scholarships count against the ’10-’11 AY. So, SC has awarded 18 scholarships against the ’10-’11 AY & 18 from 25 is 7. So, how can SC offer 9 scholarships to mid-year enrollees?
A: The nine mid-year scholarships actually count against the 2009-10 year, not 2010-11. So Patrick Hall, Kyle Prater and Dillon Baxter, who came last January, count against the 2008-09 recruiting class. Also, scholarships to walk-ons like Markowitz, Cumming and Houston are one-year deals that may or may not be renewed next season. Houston is a senior so his scholarship opens up regardless.
Q: RedmondGuy said:
Scott, with the conference realignment looking like we will play the Washington and Oregon teams every other year, is it expected that we will play one Washington and one Oregon school each year, or will we play both Washington schools one year and both Oregon schools the next? And I presume that we will alternate home vs. away, so would that mean we will only play, for example, at Autzen every four years and similarly only see Sark in the Coliseum every four years? Any insight into how those pairings will work?
A: Yes, my understanding is that USC would go to Oregon every four years. That might make the road schedule easier but I liked trips to Autzen Stadium every other year so I don’t think it’s a plus for the conference to eliminate one of the best matchups on a yearly basis. It also means trips to Seattle every four years. And Corvallis, etc.
Q: tom_floyd said:
No football this weekend. Are you going to the Cardinal/Gold basketball scrimmage on Saturday afternoon?
A: No, I did not attend. I was buried in English soccer/Oregon preparation!