USC Morning Buzz: Number Of Reasons For Wide Receiver George Farmer To Leave

FARMER.NDThe timing of wide receiver George Farmer’s decision to turn pro, just before the deadline, seemed strange, especially because of his firm comments he would return for his senior season.

I don’t mention this because his departure shakes up the team. I’ve already written it should be fairly painless to replace star receiver Nelson Agholor. But I’ve heard from several sources who know Farmer he was told he would compete with JC wide receiver Isaac Whitney to wear No. 8. Farmer’s been No. 8 since his freshman year.

Remember back when Pete Carroll made quarterback Brandon Hance give No. 4 to wide receiver Whitney Lewis? It’s not unprecendented. And it is now expected Whitney will wear No. 8 next season.

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Taeon Mason To Washington State

Cornerback Taeon Mason of Muir High School in Pasadena committed officially to Washington State. He previously committed to USC but decommitted recently, though with USC’s scholarship crunch, he was probably given a gentle nudge.

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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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