In this segment, recruiting and O.J. Simpson are among the topics:
Has USC’s recruiting been weakened by the shocking 7-6 season?
A: Recruiting usually does not suffer from one bad season. Sometimes it works in reverse and you get better recruits because they think there is more playing time. I have to add, though, that UCLA is now a player again under Jim Mora when it comes to recruits. And one analyst told me USC’s received some recent commitments that do not seem to the level that would be expected the past couple years.
This is a big recruiting year but a lot of it will matter more once Lane Kiffin’s fate is known.
Does Eddie Vanderdoes’ sister still have a scholarship offer and will that influence Eddie as he appears to be wavering from ND?
A: The last time I checked she still had a scholarship offer. It would look disastrous to withdraw it merely because her brother went to another school. New coach Cynthia Cooper could always say it was Michael Cooper’s offer if she needs an out.
Scott, my boyfriend says OJ Simpson was the greatest Trojan of all. Considering his college, pro, sportscasting, commercial endorser and movie careers, so you agree he is the all-time greatest Trojan?
On a similar note, if he is ultimately exonerated, do you think he will ever be welcomed back onto the sidelines for games?
A: I don’t think he can be remembered as the greatest Trojan simply because all his accomplishments have been overshadowed by his legal problems. Even if he wins his current appeal, I do not see him being welcomed back.
I was at the Orange Bowl in 2002 when he attended football practice. He was generous with his time and I spoke to him for about 15 minutes. USC officials initially thought it was great and then experienced a severe national backlash. I can’t see them doing it again.