World Cup Talk: USA 2, Germany 0

And the U-S-A is going to the World Cup final! Too bad I was rooting for Germany. The ref did no favors with two key botched decisions, including a dubious USA penalty that was outside the box. But you cannot miss a penalty in a semifinal game, Sacic. C’mon England!

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Nike Chairman Phil Knight Decides To Step Down

MCKAY.FEETPhil Knight says he will step down but no departure date will be set. Does this mean anything for Oregon? Or does Knight (and Nike) remain its most influential booster? Most fans are unaware of Knight’s close relationship with USC. He named former USC coach John McKay to his original board and donated money to the building of the McKay Center. Those are Nikes that McKay’s statue sports in front of the McKay Center.

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NCAA Says It’s Beach Volleyball, Not Sand Volleyball


The NCAA wisely changed the name of sand volleyball to beach volleyball now that it will sponsor the sport. There will barely be more than 50 schools competing next year so hopefully there will be a numbers increase to add more luster to actually winning the title.

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Can Adoree Jackson Make United States Olympic Team?

Embedded image permalinkBuffalo Bills wide receiver Marquise Goodwin had not jumped competitively in the long jump since the 2012 Olympics but jumped 27-5.5 at the USA track and field championships last weekend. And it was still not good enough as he finished fourth and did not qualify for the World Championships.

Adoree Jackson jumped a personal-best 25-11.5 when he finished fifth at the NCAA championships earlier this month. What is my point? If Jackson wants to make the Olympic team, he will need to skip spring practice next year.

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QB Tate Martell Gets A 5th Star

Tate Martell, the 5-10 wunderkind from Bishop Gorman in Las Vegas was awarded a fifth star by Scout.com today. The service ranks him the No. 2 QB  in the country. Dare we mention that last year Scout had Ricky Town as its No. 1 QB before it quickly reshuffled and took away his fifth star and then made Josh Rosen its No. 1 QB.

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USC Morning Buzz: Remembering The Real Senior Salutes

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If you are a USC fan today, the Senior Salute consists of the seniors getting introduced individually before the last home game. But for a glorious period, the seniors got a sendoff after the game in front of the student section. In the above photo, USC coach John Robinson introduces defensive lineman Myron Lapka to the crowd after the Trojans defeated Notre Dame in 1979.

The tradition ended abruptly in the mid-1980’s when the crowd turned on Coach Ted Tollner after a loss. Perhaps it could be brought back today, at least when the Trojans win their final home game.

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A Four-Star Might Commit To USC

Wide receiver Michael Pittman of Oaks Christian High School, who originally committed to UCLA, but then seemed to favor Oregon, will decide on the Fourth of July. USC, Washington and the Ducks are the finalists for the four-star prospect.

“I went to USC and fell in love with USC,” Pittman told the Oregonian. “I’ve been to USC before, but they never showed me everything. I got the full one-on-one tour. Every coach came out.”

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Everyone Is A Trojan

GILLICKIt sometimes seems that way. The Phillies announced today that team president Pat Gillick will retire at the end of the season. Gillick is already in the Baseball Hall of Fame as a general manager, most notably with the Blue Jays from 1978-94 and had three teams win the World Series (Toronto 1992-93, Philadelphia 2008).

But few realize today that he was a pitcher at USC and part of the 1958 College World Series championship team.

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USC Book Fire Sale

USC.BOOKIf you are looking for a deal, you can get the above book for $14.95. And two books for $19.95. And three for $24.95. Considering the book weighs a couple pounds, it’s a great deal. Link is here. How come the Alabama and Notre Dame books are still $50?

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