What McNair Decision Means?

The NCAA announced today that former USC assistant coach Todd McNair lost his appeal. Does this mean USC will also lose its appeal? I would say it’s not a great sign but also emphasize that the NCAA separated McNair’s case from USC. If you read the NCAA original report, it is clear they did not have a great deal of respect for McNair.
He was charged with unethical conduct by the NCAA by providing false and misleading statements about his knowledge of a call between himself and Lloyd Lake five years ago.
But there was also a part of the NCAA report where McNair took a USC tutor to a party in San Diego of a former NFL player, where he initially became aware of the one of the would-be sports marketers’ relationship with Reggie Bush.
“According to the assistant football coach, the associate was a tutor in the athletics department and he contemplated hiring her to assist him in “starting an independent record label.” [Note: No such enterprise was ever started]

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Black Socks Controversy

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As feared, we hear that USC coach Lane Kiffin intends to switch to black socks for the 2011 season.after the Trojans wore them for the first time during Saturday’s scrimmage. Kiffin is going to end a USC tradition that goes hand-in-hand with black cleats and no names on the back of jerseys. No big deal.
Why the change? They are popular with the players. And we’re hearing Kiffin is using things like the decision of recruit De’Anthony Thomas switching from USC to Oregon (and its day-glo socks against Auburn) as a reason to change things up.
Somehow Pete Carroll managed to win 10-or-more games an unprecendented seven straight seasons with the burden of white socks. At least when Kiffin loses next season, you won’t hear, “it was the socks” as an excuse. (Photo/John McGillen)

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Morning Buzz

“I think I have the potential to be a Pro Bowler and a Hall of Famer.”
— USC offensive tackle Tyron Smith after getting drafted by the Dallas Cowboys

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Tyron Smith is the first USC offensive lineman selected in the first round since John Michels in 1996. He is the highest-selected offensive lineman since Tony Boselli was the No. 2 pick in 1995.

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