USC v. Ohio State

A trusted reader sends his comparison of the handling of the USC and Ohio State cases with the NCAA.

“Head coach lies to NCAA. Knowingly plays ineligible players for an entire season. Keeps up the lie to get them to play in a bowl game. But not lack of control.”

“Assistant coach may have known about situation. BOOM! Send back one crystal football.”

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Banner Weekend

Zach Banner, a highly regarded offensive tackle from Lakewood, Wash., is expected to make an unofficial visit to USC this weekend.

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Morning Buzz

Former USC swimmer Rebecca Soni led from start to finish this morning and won the 200-meter breaststroke at the World Swimming Championships in Shanghai, China. It was her second gold medal of the meet.

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First Practice

Who looked good at USC’s first basketball practice? Guards Maurice Jones and Jio Fontan. Forward Dewayne Dedmon and center James Blasczyk, who is cleared after being sidelined with foot injury.

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Backup Plan

Cal AD Sandy Barbour told ESPN the school is speaking to Candlestick Park and Oakland Coliseum as the site of the USC-Cal game in case AT&T Park is unavailable if the Giants mke the NLCS. That would mean more seats for USC fans who want to go on the Bay Area trip.

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Brazil Bound

USC holds its first basketball practice tonight in preparation for its August trip to Brazil. Forward Dewayne Dedmon, forward Aaron Fuller and guard/forward Byron Wesley have been impressive this summer at Trade Tech and this trip will definitely help the team get used to life without Nikola Vucevic and that killer schedule this season.

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Viewing Choices

The Pac-12 Network will show football and men’s basketball games. So how many will watch the Pac-12 Southern California channel when it shows USC vs. Iona in women’s lacrosse?

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Soni Update

Former USC swimmer Rebecca Soni is on pace to win another gold medal at the World Swimming Championships and finishing first in the semifinals of the 200-meter breaststroke. Soni was more than two seconds ahead of the rest of the field.
Interestingly, Trojan Swim Club member Yuliya Efimova had the second-fastest time. Too bad she didn’t go to USC.

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Quick Thought

Did the Pac-8 hire announcers from Arizona in when it expanded to 10 teams in 1979? Just wondering after Larry Scott’s bouquet to Utah/Colorado with the new announcing team of Craig Bolerjack (voice of Jazz) and Joel Klatt (former Colorado QB).

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Morning Buzz

Looks like Reggie Bush is getting traded to Miami. Maybe returning the Heisman Trophy can be part of the deal.
UPDATED: Bush signed a 2-year deal with the Dolphins worth a total of $9.75 million.

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