Tristan Payton To Central Florida

Wide receiver Tristan Payton, who decomitted from USC on Friday, committed to Central Florida today. So how does someone go from USC to Central Florida? And do the recruiting services suddenly start wondering about making him a four-star recruit?

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USC Morning Buzz: Tosh Lupoi Finally Coaching Again

A year ago, Steve Sarkisian’s defensive line coach at Washington, Tosh Lupoi, was expected to come to USC. Then came a six-week investigation into charges Lupoi paid for a recruit’s tutoring.

The NCAA did not hand out penalties but Washington did not retain Lupoi and he became too tainted for USC. Lupoi spent last season as a defensive analyst at Alabama.

Lupoi was just promoted to outside linebackers coach at Alabama according to Sports Illustrated.

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Hayes Pullard And Josh Shaw Senior Bowl Recap

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Linebacker Hayes Pullard had five tackles, including one for a loss while cornerback Josh Shaw had three tackles and broke up a pass at the Senior Bowl. Shaw also had a pass interference penalty on this play against Kansas State’s Tyler Lockett. Photo by Mike Kittrell/mkittrell@al.com.

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Oregon State 59, USC 55

A decent showing by the Trojans because Oregon State is 12-0 at home and 14-5 overall under first-year coach Wayne Tinkle. Katin Reinhardt scored 17 points and shot better (6-13) while Nikola Jovanovic had 13 points and six rebounds for the Trojans (9-10, 1-6).

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When Does Recruiting Reflect Record?

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USC will probably end up with a No. 1-ranked recruiting class. So how long will it take for the Trojans on-field performance to match the recruiting ranking? Next year? Two years? Three?

Recruiting rankings are subjective and then you need to deal with other factors, like players turning pro early. So how many years does/will it take?

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