Hail Caesar!

PETE.RAMSThe Seahawks might lose a second-round draft pick for failing to disclose a knee injury cornerback Richard Sherman dealt with during the season. I’m sure Pete Carroll thinks this is just “competing.”

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Pac-12 Honors Former USC Basketball Player Ralph Vaughn

RALPH.VAUGHNRalph Vaughn was an All-American at USC and helped lead the Trojans to the Final Four in 1940. He was Life magazine’s national player of the year in 1940. Making the cover of Life magazine was about as good as it got between the 1930’s-50’s. And today, the Pac-12 inducted Vaughn into its men’s basketball Hall of Honor.

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USC Quick Thought

darnold-slipWith the quarterbacks listed in NFL mock drafts (North Carolina’s Mitch Trubisky, Clemson’s Deshaun Watson and Notre Dame’s DeShone Kizer) does anyone doubt Sam Darnold would be the No. 1 pick if he were available?

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Friday Is The New Thursday

The Pac-12 will have seven Friday night games (including USC-Washington State) and only one Thursday night game next season. The schools themselves sought more Friday night games if they had to play during the week.

It’s too bad this didn’t happen sooner or maybe USC would not have had three straight Thursday night home games at the Coliseum.

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USC Morning Buzz: Why Do People Say Schedule Is Tough In January?

JUJU.ALABAMAI’ve read comments in the media about USC’s “brutal” and “bruising” schedule next year. Does it compare to the nation’s No. 1 schedule in 2016, when USC played three teams in November with 4-8 records?

USC plays three teams next year with first-year coaches (Western Michigan, Texas and Cal). It does not play Washington and Oregon.

That does not mean the schedule is easy. But it is too soon to pontificate. Is USC going to play “good” Notre Dame or “bad” Notre Dame next season? Will it play “good” Arizona Staet or “bad” Arizona State? Can Tom Herman turn Texas around by Game 3?

All questions that cannot be answered confidently today.

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USC Drops Its Two-Star

Safety C.J. Miller of Powder Springs, Ga., has “decommitted” from USC. I don’t begrudge USC from backing off a kid who is a two-star recruit. But what kind of evaluation is being done beforehand that allows him to commit initially? He is now the fourth commit to switch, no doubt at USC’s insistence.

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A Bye Week Issue

I see some complaints about USC not having a bye. Last year, Arizona did not have a bye and had plenty of awful night games. So this is not a case of the Pac-12 targeting USC.

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Quick USC Schedule Thoughts

The rest of the Pac-12 is going to be upset that USC is the only conference school off the weekend of Nov. 25. That gives the Trojans a bye if they make the Pac-12 title game. Will it hurt the Trojans they play 12 straight games?

Does the Pac-12 just automatically make USC-Stanford Game 2?

I don’t view USC going to Washington State on Sept. 29 as fortunate timing because it will be warmer than November. Teams like the Cougars (and Utah) tend to more dangerous early because they lack depth and are not beset with injuries in Week 3.

The Justin Wilcox Bowl is Sept. 23 in Berkeley. And perhaps the key stretch of the schedule will be Oct. 21-28, with road games vs. Notre Dame and Arizona State.

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