USC Commitment Preview

USC is expected to pick up at least two commitments Friday on ESPNU. Serra safety C.J. Pollard, the son of former USC safety Marvin Pollard, has wanted to go to USC since birth, probably. And Bishop Amat defensive back-wide receiver Trevon Sidney is also expected to pick the Trojans, since basically everyone at Amat (and USC) expects Sidney and his more publicized teammate, Tyler Vaughns, to select the Trojans.

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USC Morning Buzz: Time For Winners And Losers Of The Week

LEVINEIt’s Monday, so let’s check in with our winners and losers of the week:

Winners

Sean Combs

UCLA coaches did not want charges filed. Combs did not want charges filed. The DA did not want charges filed. As F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote, the rich “are different from you and me.” That’s why Combs gets to park his car illegally at UCLA practices.

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World Cup Final Talk

US.NAVYIf you want to discuss the World Cup final, fire away. Did you withstand Alexi Lalas’s desk-pounding on the pre-game show? At least Kelly Smith pointed it out. USC striker Amy Rodriguez is on the bench.

UPDATED II: 2-0 USA in first six minutes. And now 3-0. And 4-0 after 16 minutes. It’s over. Japan pulls one back finally to make it 4-1.

UPDATED III: The U-S-A wins 5-2 to claim the World Cup! Does women’s soccer get a boost from this? Of course, there’s that L.A. women’s soccer team for one. Oh wait, there isn’t. But men’s or women’s soccer, nothing beats the World Cups.

GOAL

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USC Recruiting Rankings

USC’s 2016 recruiting class is now ranked No. 8 by Rivals.com, No. 11 by Scout.com and No. 9 by 247sports.com. USC and UCLA each currently have 14 commitments. The Bruins are ranked No. 12 by Rivals, No. 14 by Scout and No. 13 by 247.

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USC Sunday Buzz: It’s John McKay’s Birthday

MCKAY.1964Today is former USC coach John McKay’s 92nd birthday. Of course, McKay won four national titles at USC (1962, 1967, 1972, 1974).  In the photo above, McKay is carried on the shoulders of the players after a dramatic 20-17 victory over Notre Dame. The Trojans trailed 17-0 at halftime.

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World Cup: England 1, Germany 0

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Laura Bassett probably feels better today after the Lionesses’ 1-0 victory over Germany in the third-place game at the World Cup in Edmonton. The ref was awful but what is new? And the reaction shows a third-place game can have meaning (sometimes). A bronze for Lucy Bronze! Meanwhile, Chile defeated Argentina in the Copa America on penalty kicks. How’s that for a Fourth of July day of soccer?

UPDATED: In other news, the Lakers reached a deal to acquire Roy Hibbert from the Pacers. What, no Adam Levine photo in a Hibbert jersey?

UPDATED II: Here it is from a twitter follower.

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WR Michael Pittman To USC


Oaks Christian wide receiver Michael Pittman (a four-star!) committed to USC today, selecting the Trojans over Oregon. Pittman was originally committed to UCLA. He then favored the Ducks but said a recent trip to USC where he got the first-class treatment from the coaching staff put the Trojans back into the mix. He is the 14th commitment for USC’s Class of 2016.

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