Pac-12 Meetings Time

The Pac-12 athletic directors and head coaches meet in Phoenix this week. And you still have to wonder how influential USC will be at the meetings with Pat Haden on his final month? There’s a lot of issues to discuss like the Pac-12 Network’s future, perhaps the late starting times of some football games and meetings with ESPN and Fox. An interesting side note is the Big 12 is also holding meetings in Phoenix this week.

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Adoree Jackson And Olympic Trials

One thing to consider as Adoree Jackson tries to reach the magical 26-5 mark in the long jump to make the U.S. Olympic Trials: USC has had two different jump coaches the past two years. If you throw in his high school coaches, that means Jackson’s had three coaches in three years. Not an ideal scenario for making the Olympics.

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Women’s Sports U.

The USC women’s water polo (23-0), beach volleyball (30-2) and women’s lacrosse (19-0) teams are a combined 72-2 this season. Water polo and beach volleyball are ranked No. 1 in the nation while lacrosse is No. 5.

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In Hue We Trust

HUEHere’s what Sports Illustrated’s NFL writer, Don Banks, wrote about the Browns taking Cody Kessler in the third round.

“I have to admit, when I heard new Browns coach Hue Jackson saying “you gotta trust me on this one,” in his defense of Cleveland’s third-round pick of USC quarterback Cody Kessler on Friday night, my first reaction was to think that yet another Browns quarterback selection is doomed.

“The last time I heard a coach use those kinds of words to explain a quarterback acquisition, Brian Billick was asking Ravens fans to “take a leap of faith” in terms of Baltimore trading for the porked-up Scott Mitchell in 1999. “Trust me, Baltimore, I know quarterbacks,” Billick said, flashing some ill-timed confidence in the former Dolphins and Lions quarterback.”

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Names In The News

Nick Holt Jr., the son of former USC defensive coordinator Nick Holt, was invited to the Seahawks rookie mini-camp. Holt Jr. played linebacker at Western Kentucky, where his dad is defensive coordinator. This might sound like a no-brainer but when Holt Sr. left USC for Washington after the 2008 season, he and Pete Carroll had a falling out. All must be forgiven.

Meanwhile, former USC forward Malik Martin told Scout.com he will transfer to South Florida.

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USC Clinches Crosstown Cup

CROSSTOWN.CUPFor the 10th time in 15 years, USC has won the Crosstown Cup over UCLA. It used to be known as the Lexus Gauntlet. Now it’s the BMW Crosstown Cup. What a coup for Pat Haden in his final month.

“The USC-UCLA rivalry is the best in college athletics, with two universities of such noted academic and athletic excellence sharing the same city,” Haden said. “This Crosstown Cup competition means so much to both schools and to our fans. On behalf of Trojans everywhere, I am proud to say that USC is once again the Crosstown Cup champion.”

I wonder if Lynn Swann knows what the Crosstown Cup? Maybe the golf points can be determined at Augusta National next year. If you want to know the season points awarded per sport, check after the jump.

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USC Morning Buzz: How Are Those Highly-Rated Quarterbacks Doing?

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I want to repost this from Sunday because it is good to remember regarding recruiting rankings for quarterbacks.

If you look at the 2013 Rivals quarterback rankings, Jared Goff was the No. 8-ranked pro-style QB. Carson Wentz isn’t even listed among the 30 quarterbacks his class (2011). Neither is Paxton Lynch, the other first-round draft choice, for the Class of 2012 rankings.

When I mentioned this a couple years ago because Blake Bortles was ranked the 44th-best QB by Rivals but the No. 3 pick in the NFL draft, the recruiting-service shills said the rankings do not project NFL potential or success.

So let’s look closer at the Class of 2013 rankings: Max Browne was No. 1 and is probably going to start next season, so we can judge him later. The No. 2 QB, Christian Hackenberg, was a second-round pick, so not bad. The No. 3 QB, Hayden Rettig, could not even win the starting job at Rutgers last season and that’s his second school after starting out at LSU. The No. 4 QB, Shane Morris, has two starts at Michigan and redshirted last season because he had no chance of starting for Jim Harbaugh.

The No. 5 QB, Jeremy Johnson, got benched last season at Auburn and is trying to win back the job next season. The No. 6 QB, Ryan Burns, is trying to win the QB job at Stanford after sitting behind Kevin Hogan for 3 years. The No. 7 QB, Cody Thomas, quit football at Oklahoma in January to focus on baseball. He had three career starts. Goff was No. 8.

So what is my point? Recruiting rankings mean little. And getting a top 10 ranking is meaningless. Max Wittek was the No. 3-ranked pro-style QB in 2011. And he did not get drafted.

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