Cover Boy

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USC quarterback Matt Barkley is on the cover of the USA Today college football preview magazine.

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Morning Buzz

South Carolina, which advanced to the College World Series final, is trying to become the first team to win three titles in a row since USC won five straight from 1970-74.

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New Graduate Assistant

USC’s hired Drake cornerbacks coach Mark Watson as a defensive graduate assistant, according to footballscoop.com. Watson played at Missouri Southern State (2005-07) and McPherson (Kansas) College (2008-09).

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Baseball Talk

USC baseball received a commitment from pitcher-infielder Kyle Davis of Pacifica High School in Garden Grove. Davis was the Southern Section Division 2 and Empire League Player of the Year.

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Recruiting Question

The commitment of Santa Monica wide receiver Sebastian LaRue brings up a natural question in the era of scholarship reductions. Who loses out? Does this mean another receiver will not be signed? Or does it take away a cornerback/safety scholarship if LaRue moves to defense. Or does USC think someone out there can graduate early, which might ease some stress on the 15-scholarship class in February.

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Morning Buzz

Thirteen USC players were selected for Athlon’s three All-Pac-12 teams. Nine players made the first team, two the second team and two the third team. Full list here.

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Pac-12 Question

Did the conference get overpowered by the SEC during the four-team playoff format discussions or are you pleased with the role Larry Scott played? Discuss.
It’s probably a good thing Max Nikias is on the oversight committee. Something I would not say if Steve Sample were still around.

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Nikias On Committee

USC president Max Nikias, an avid football fan, is a member of the BCS Presidential Oversight Committee that will select a model for the four-team seeded playoff. Here’s the full committee:

Scott Cowen – President, Tulane University
Rev. John Jenkins – President, University of Notre Dame
Bernie Machen – President, University of Florida
Max Nikias – President, University of Southern California
Duane Nellis – President, University of Idaho
Harvey Perlman – Chancellor, University of Nebraska
John G. Peters – President, Northern Illinois University
Bill Powers – President, University of Texas
James Ramsey – President, University of Louisville
Gary Ransdell – President, Western Kentucky University
Charles W. Steger (chair) – President, Virginia Tech
John Welty – President, Fresno State

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Tweet Of The Day

Who can guess the meaning of this tweet from UCLA assistant coach Adrian Klemm:
“81,235 people applied to #UCLA this year. The most of any college EVER! …Exceptional academics, SAFE & in the most beautiful section of LA.”

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