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?
I mentioned last week that USC linebacker Uchenna Nwosu was sent home from San Diego before the Holiday Bowl for a “violation of team rules,” which sources said was a fight with another teammate. Now I hear long-snapper Peter McBride never made it to the game either because he missed a practice and was not allowed to make the trip.
I’m almost surpised USC won the game now with its usual depth issues compounded even more by two scholarship players not attending the game.
The No. 5-ranked USC men’s volleyball team swept No. 12-ranked Stanford, 25-16, 27-25, 25-19, tonight at the Galen Center. Four USC players: Robert Feathers, Christopher Orenic, Larry Tuileta and Josh Kirchner each had 9 kills.