A Dilemma For Recruits

Everyone knows UCLA might start a true freshman at quarterback next season. But so might Oregon State. Seth Collins was a two-star quarterback at Granite Hills High School. He enrolled early at Oregon State and had an impressive spring. And he is the frontrunner to start.

He chose wisely. That is the dilemma facing recruits. Could Ricky Town or Sam Darnold be the frontrunner at Oregon State today instead of Nos. 3-4 on the depth chart at USC? And would it be worth it?

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Thomas Graham Picks USC

It was more than 90 minutes later than expected but cornerback Thomas Graham selected USC (as expected). This had to be one USC’s easiest sell jobs: Graham said USC was his dream school and his sister is already enrolled as an incoming freshman.

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World Cup: Japan 2, England 1

A heartbroken Laura Bassett might be the image of this World Cup as England surrender an own goal in the 92nd minute. World Cups produce drama, men’s or women’s. Now Japan moves on to face the USA.

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Thomas Graham Announcement

Cornerback Thomas Graham of Rancho Cucamonga is scheduled to make his announcement tonight at 7. This looks like an easy one for USC. Graham set his announcement date after getting offered by USC last week. And his sister is going to be a freshman on the USC track team in the fall.

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And When Did Lakers Become This Desperate?

The Lakers seem to be begging fans to ask free-agent LaMarcus Aldridge to sign. And of course, a celebrity just happens to have an Aldridge jersey. Almost as bad as that Dwight Howard campaign a couple years ago.

UPDATED: Fittingly, the meeting with Aldridge was apparently a disaster.

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USC Morning Buzz: The Original Lane Kiffin Was Paul Hackett


Paul Hackett is mostly considered an unsuccessful USC head coach today. But back in the 1970’s, he was a bright, young offensive coordinator and establishing himself as a quarterback guru of sorts. The problem was Hackett turned out to be a much better assistant than head coach (sound familiar?). Here he is in 1976. That staff also featured Bob Toledo, who experienced success as UCLA’s head coach.

My favorite Hackett story from this era came in the 1980 Rose Bowl. USC came-from-behind to defeat Ohio State, 17-16, as Charles White (247 yards rushing) scored a TD with just more than a minute remaining. The winning drive is famous because USC ran the ball every play behind its star-studded offensive line (Brad Budde, Keith Van Horne, Anthony Munoz, etc.).

Anyways, during the drive, Coach John Robinson said to Hackett, “if you call a pass, you’re fired!”

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World Cup Talk: USA 2, Germany 0

And the U-S-A is going to the World Cup final! Too bad I was rooting for Germany. The ref did no favors with two key botched decisions, including a dubious USA penalty that was outside the box. But you cannot miss a penalty in a semifinal game, Sacic. C’mon England!

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