Nash Dies

Monroe Nash, the sixth man on the 1971 USC men’s basketball team that was arguably the best team in school history died on Monday of a heart attack in San Diego. He was 61.
Not many people realize today how good the 1971 team was. It went 24-2 and only lost to national champion UCLA. The Trojans were ranked No. 1 in the nation at mid-year and finished ranked fifth.
Under the system of the time, USC could not go to the NCAA Tournament because only the conference champion was allowed.

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More Butler

Considering how Lane Kiffin’s complained (privately and publically) about the lack of depth at wide receiver, it would seem logical for him to ask Brice Butler to return to the team.

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Smith To New York

USC offensive tackle Tyron Smith said he will attend the NFL draft ceremonies in New York City.
“It might be a little hard sitting there in New York but I wouldn’t want to miss it,” Smith said.

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Combine Marks

Here are today’s combine marks. Some players like Tyron Smith did what they needed to do to solidify their status. Others, like Jordan Cameron, already put up their marks at the NFL combine and just wanted to show they could catch and run. Ronald Johnson’s 40 time was OK but he did better on the pass drills. Allen Bradford did not run a fast 40 but his strength is his size. He weighed 240 pounds today.
I wouldn’t put too much into this stuff. As one NFL coach told me, “these are feel-good drills.”
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USC-Notre Dame At Night

If the USC-UCLA game at night seems like a bad idea, this one is even worse. USC will go to Notre Dame on Oct. 22 and play at 7:30 p.m. (ET).
It will be Notre Dame’s first night game in 21 years.

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Butler Open To Staying

USC wide receiver Brice Butler said he will visit Delaware and Tennessee-Chattanooga but did not rule out remaining at USC.
“There could be a chance if something happens I could stay,” Butler said. “You never know. I’m not closed off to the thought.”
Butler said USC coach Lane Kiffin would need to make the first move to convince him. When told Kiffin is not a first-move kind of guy, Butler said, “neither of us are. We’re second-move guys.”

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Here’s the 10 players that made the Wooden All-American team. It looks like I picked eight correctly: Jimmer Fredette, BYU; Ben Hansbrough, Notre Dame; JaJuan Johnson, Purdue; Kawhi Leonard, San Diego State; Marcus Morris, Kansas; Jacob Pullen, Kansas State; Nolan Smith, Duke; Jared Sullinger, Ohio State; Kemba Walker, Connecticut; and Derrick Williams, Arizona.

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