Keyshawn Johnson Jr. Takes Leave Of Absence From Nebraska

Calabasas’ Keyshawn Johnson Jr. had offers form USC, Alabama and Ohio State. Nebraska head coach Mike Riley used to be Keyshawn Johnson Sr.’s offensive coordinate at USC. (Photo by Michael Baker/LA Daily News, File)

Wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson Jr. will leave Nebraska until at least January, according to his father, former USC great Keyshawn Johnson, in an interview with the Omaha World-Herald. Earlier this month, Johnson Jr. was cited on suspicion of marijuana possession.

“I never asked him,” Johnson Sr. said of seeking his son’s opinion on the leave of absence. “At the end of the day, I don’t think that decision was in his hands. He squandered that decision. He still wants to play football, and he still wants to play for Nebraska. But if you don’t do the things you’re supposed to do, under the guidelines of me, it’s not going to happen.”

I’m sure someone is going to speculate that Johnson Jr. will transfer to USC. But USC never really showed much interest in him.

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The Say What Trade Of The Day

I cannot resist posting this deal:


This means the Lakers will draft Lonzo Ball. It also means Russell turned out to be a bad draft pick.

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Another Commitment For USC

Justin Dedich, a center from Temecula’s Chaparral High School, committed to USC today. Dedich was offered by most of the Pac-12 schools. Among the Power 5 conferences, Ole Miss, Oklahoma State and TCU offered him a scholarship.

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Dumb Offensive Coordinators Call Dumb Plays


Remember when Nick Saban chewed out Lane Kiffin in a 38-10 victory over Western Kentucky last season? A new book by Alabama radio analyst Phil Savage, who is close to Saban, claims it was because of a comment made by Kiffin.

After a fumble led to a meaningless Western Kentucky touchdown, Savage claims “Kiffin said into his headset “dumb players make dumb plays,” which all the Crimson Tide coaches heard. Saban snapped back with “no, dumb offensive coordinators call dumb plays.”

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USC Morning Buzz: What Happens With Matt Corral’s Ranking?

Will quarterback Matt Corral remain a five-star quarterback after he decomitted from USC? There is a perception that a recruit’s ranking can go up when he commits to USC or drops when no longer committed to USC. Call it the marquee school theory.

To keep all five stars, Corral needs to avoid stat lines like last season vs. Paraclete:  4 for 15 for 75 yards and one TD.

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USC Gets Commitment

Liam Douglass, an offensive tackle from Harvard-Westlake, committed to USC. The same day he received an offer. I think every recruit should commit when USC offers. Then what happens? Do 30 extra recruits get told it was all a misunderstanding?

Douglass was offered by Arizona, Cal, Colorado, Colorado State, Hawaii, Kansas, San Jose State, Toledo, Central Florida, Utah State and Washington State.

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USC Offers Everyone

USC had one of its million camps today and offered at least eight recruits: Tailback Kendall Milton from Clovis Buchanan (Class of 2020); defensive lineman Jeremiah Martin of San Bernardino Cajon; wide receiver Kyle Ford of Orange Lutheran; linebacker Justin Flowe Upland; cornerback Jeremiah Criddell of Rancho Cucamonga (2019) and three Class of 2019 players (tight end Jude Wolfe, wide receiver Josh Delgado, linebacker Ralen Goforth). Who is this Wolfe that spells his name with an e at the end?

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