No surprise as cornerback Taeon Mason of Muir High School in Pasadena decommitted from USC today. Washington State is the front runner. This looks like one of those decommitments where USC needs a scholarship and lets a recruit going elsewhere might be better.
Freshman wide receiver-cornerback Rahshead Johnson has withdrawn from school and will a junior college, according to USC. His departure means his scholarship cannot be replaced so it will further add to any depth problems for next season. The Trojans currently have 60 scholarship players. Johnson is expected to attend Santa Monica College.
It seems like much of the sports world is transfixed by whether the New England Patriots deflated footballs in the AFC championship game. So it’s worth taking a moment to remember USC’s version of DeflateGate in 2012.
USC was fined $25,000 by the Pac-12 after officials were forced to re-inflate five footballs before the game and at halftime against Oregon. The official story was that a student manager was responsible on his own.
However, an equipment manager was reprimanded and members of the coaching staff said they believed Lane Kiffin was involved. There was also the question of whether Matt Barkley knew. That he would not know seemed improbable. And Barkley passed for 484 yards and five touchdowns in the game.
Alabama coach Nick Saban was asked about Lane Kiffin being a candidate to become offensive coordinator with the San Francisco 49ers.
“I know Lane is committed to us right now and he’s doing the best he can to help us recruit and do the things that we need to do to have a better team next year,” Saban said. “We’re hopeful that that will continue.”
USC could find itself with too many commitments and not enough scholarships. And for awhile, Muir cornerback Taeon Mason has been viewed as a prospect who might go elsewhere. Mason tweeted today that he had a “great home visit from (Washington State) yesterday.”
If the legendary Vince Lombardi is remembered for one play, it is Bart Starr’s quarterback sneak for a touchdown to win the game in the 1967 Ice Bowl against the Dallas Cowboys in the NFL Championship game. As of today, what would Pete Carroll be remembered for? That some Packer dropped an on-side kick?