While the Pac-12 was celebrating the fact Cox will carry its national feed on its Southern California and Arizona systems, the ACC announced a 20-year agreement for an ACC Network on ESPN starting in 2019. Which network do you think will make a bigger impact? Which will be on more TV’s? Which will be on Direct TV?
Former USC offensive tackle Anthony Munoz will host around 300 kids ages 7-13 from the Ontario area on Saturday and Sunday at Chaffey High School at his 10th annual character camp. If you are interested in signing up, go here.
This is the state of recruiting, when 247Sports runs a decommit tracker. These are just the decommits since Thursday and USC is not immune because safety Bubba Bolden is among those who changed their mind. Even Alabama and Oklahoma are affected. It always bears repeating that coaches can drop recruits at any time during the recruiting process.
But this merry-go-round becomes tiresome when players commit to three-or-four schools. As for USC recruiting? It currently ranks 34th in the Rivals’ rankings. Another big finish, however, and USC is right where it always is. Maybe it’s taking time to get excited about Clancy Pendergast with two defensive commitments out of nine overall.
The Pac-12 confirmed today that it held an “introductory meeting” with the University of Houston last month in San Francisco. I can’t see how the conference really holds any interest in Houston. Cast aside the athletic interests. Does Houston meet the academic profile the Pac-12 presidents prefer for members? And for athletics, how would it look to not get Oklahoma and Texas but to land Houston?
Nick Saban says Alabama OL Alphonse Taylor, arrested for DUI Sunday, has been indefinitely suspended from team
— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) July 18, 2016
Basketball player Kobe Paras, who signed with UCLA and attended summer school there until the university said he not meet their academic requirements, will attend Creighton. After talking to several coaches at non-Pac-12 schools, they were all convinced UCLA simply did not want him anymore since they knew his test scores and grades all along.
— USC coach Clay Helton
That will be the first game matchup when USC plays Alabama. A box of popcorn was even more appropriate to watch the five games Kiffin and Pendergast coached together in 2013. Remember their final game together, against Arizona State, the Sun Devils scored 62 points.
USC coach Clay Helton was so overwhelmed by AT&T Stadium during a visit four weeks ago that he decided the Trojans will practice at the facility the day before the game to erase any feelings of awe from being in the stadium on game day.
“I hope it gets rid of the oohs and ahs,” Helton said.
This goes against the USC routine established during the Pete Carroll era of holding a practice elsewhere and visiting the opposing stadium the day before just to walk around and get a feel for things.
This is also means Alabama has an advantage because the Crimson Tide played two games there last season.
“They do have a comfort level there,” Helton said.