Bovada released its final preseason odds to win the college football national championship and USC’s odds are now 20/1. The Trojans were 16/1 on August 5th. So what changed since then? Hmmm. I wonder.
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Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott was at USC (actually the Radisson Hotel across the street) Wednesday night with Pat Haden speaking about the state of college football. But Scott should probably talk about how well his Pac-12 is being treated these days.
Fox Sports 1 slobbered over Michigan and ignored Utah heading into tonight’s game between the Utes and Wolverines. There was the Harbaugh Khaki Bus Tour and there will even be a Khaki cam focused on Harbaugh tonight. And the only reason Fox got the game is because it’s part of the Pac-12 contract. Here’s a good summary.
And there is the fact USC-Arkansas State game on the Pac-12 Network remains unavailable to DirecTV subscribers. Eventually it should be solved now that AT&T owns DirecTV but Scott gets no credit for that merger.
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USC athletic director Pat Haden and Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott spoke Wednesday night at a Marshall Sports Business Institute event across from campus. And Haden again discussed the Steve Sarkisian situation.
“I’ve got lots of people who disagree with me,” Haden said. “That’s OK. Leaders have to make decisions. Sometimes they’re popular. Sometimes they’re not. It was very poor behavior, there’s no denying that. It’s not the Steve Sarkisian I hired, it’s not the Steve Sarkisian I know. But I think he’s gotta own it.
“He’s gotten beaten up (in public) for this. I think with this university, Coach Sarkisian and I are just a pimple on the continuum of a great university. This university is bigger and broader than one coach.”
The Philadelphia Inquirer writes about Matt Barkley battling and possibly losing to Tim Tebow for the Eagles’ final QB spot.
Excerpt: “The reason Barkley did not thrive here is not because he isn’t mobile. (Chip) Kelly has clearly shown that he can win without multipurpose quarterbacks. Barkley’s problems have stemmed from a lack of arm strength. At first, it was the shoulder. But even the marginal power he has gained over the last two years hasn’t offset the fact that he doesn’t do one thing great.”
Lewis Eugene Starks Jr., 56, of Apple Valley, was set to be charged with possession of USC’s copy of O.J. Simpson’s Heisman Trophy and a plaque, and knowing that they had been stolen.
The items were stolen more than 20 years ago from Heritage Hall. Starks is accused of trying to sell the items last year and faces up to six years in prison if convicted, according to prosecutors.
With USC taking even more blue shirts, it looks like it can sign around 20 recruits in February. There are currently 16 commits. So what happens with big-time receiver prospects like Theo Howard, Javon McKinley or Freddie Swain still out there and USC already having five commitments from wide receivers?
What is likely is someone who is committed gets dropped or USC backs off on some of the uncommitted receivers. It already sounds like USC is not especially strong with McKinley, who I think is worth taking and better than a couple of the committed prospects. And I suspect one of the committed receivers will change his mind, sort of like tailback Melquise Stovall, who looks like he got dropped by the Trojans.