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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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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