USC Morning Buzz: A Quick Look At Pacific-12 Officiating

The Pac-12 takes plenty of criticism over officiating. So David Coleman, the conference’s vice president of officiating, made a couple of points this week: Pac-12 refs were picked for the College Football Playoff championship game and four other bowls games. Seventy six percent of the conference refs got a postseason assignment.

What did not get mentioned was the gaffe during the national title game between Clemson and Alabama, when the clock started before the refs set the ball down after a first down, which forced Clemson to burn a timeout because the clock started prematurely.

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USC Quote Of The Day

“From a talent standpoint, I still think that (USC) is the benchmark. Oregon, Stanford, they have some personnel as well, but I think if you were to say man for man, it’s got to be USC.”

— Utah coach Kyle Whittingham

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Nike Makes It Hard On Everyone

HELTON.PAC-12.MEDIA.DAY

Does Nike even try any more when it comes to designing a USC shirt? Does the shoe giant expact you to pay money for one these cardinal on grey-pinstripe sleeved creations? I’m not blaming Clay Helton, he has to model it on media day. But how will this shirt hold up in the future?

I thought last year was a new low when Steve Sarkisian showed up in that splotchy grey abomination with a day-glo trim collar.

SARK.PAC-12

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USC v. Stanford

USC coach Clay Helton said he wants to pick a starting QB two weeks before the Alabama game. But Stanford coach David Shaw said he has no timetable on his QB compettion.

Shaw: “I think one of the things that we’ve learned through our many trials, and we’ve had multiple quarterback competitions over the 10 years I’ve been at Stanford, you’ve got to let it play out. You can’t make it go the way you want it to go, and until it plays out, you don’t make a decision. Some people may have some anxiety in that, and I don’t . . . We’ll let it play out as long as it needs to play out.”

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Sign Of The Times

Three months ago at USC’s spring football game, high school safety Bubba Bolden eagerly waited on the field to take a picture with Clay Helton. Yesterday, he decommitted from USC. It’s just another example of the meaningless value of a verbal commitment.

These days the cottage industry of internet recruiting services overcover scholarship offers, commitments and then decommitments. On a side note, Bolden goes to Bishop Gorman in Las Vegas, where multiple commitments look normal (see Tate Martell).

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