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