USC quarterback Matt Barkley is on the cover of the USA Today college football preview magazine.
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.
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).
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.
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.
Santa Monica wide receiver-cornerback Sebastian LaRue committed to USC today, according to USCFootball.com.
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.
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
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.”