The Ignored Portion Of The ESPN `Clown College’ Comment

A lot of attention was paid to ESPN anchor John Anderson calling USC a “clown college.” But I think analyst Danny Kanell’s comments deserve more scrutiny. Kanell said UCLA could take over in recruiting.

“I think this is a huge opportunity for UCLA to take a firm grasp of that city in recruiting, in the state there, and really taking over as a powerhouse in the state. There is so much talent on the West Coast,” Kanell said.

As much as I enjoy a contrarian and sense of humor, Kanell’s comments simply do not match up with reality. USC’s recruiting class is ranked No. 10 and some analysts already say it could finish No. 1.

Is USC a clown college? It hired Lane Kiffin. But recruiting is always near the top. That’s not debatable. Listen to Kanell here

Break Out Black Socks

USC players voted to wear black socks for home games starting tomorrow against Fresno State. The Trojans will wear white socks for road games.

UPDATED: The Christmas bulb helmets are not ready and probably will not be unveiled until the next home game.

Pick The Score

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OK, time to pick the score for the USC-Fresno State game. The spread is 21 points. Will Steve Sarkisian cover? Will the distractions play a role? Will the fans that paid $1,500 to run out on the field with the team get hurt?

Back To Football

0409_SPO_LDN-L-USC-PRACTICE-MBUSC opens the season against Fresno State and here’s my preview of the Trojans. Excerpt:

“New coach Steve Sarkisian is the people’s choice, sort of. He might not have been the fans’ choice back in December, but he’s popular with the players and wooed boosters in the offseason. Being a people person is a shrewd trait when you follow Lane Kiffin.”

Story here