No. 35 Tradition Returns

scott.rossUSC coach Steve Sarkisian asked freshman linebacker Cameron Smith to wear No. 35, which used to be a hallowed number worn by well-known USC linebackers Riki (Gray) Ellison and Scott Ross (above).
“I like that we’re able to put him in 35,” Sarkisian said. “He didn’t understand the significance of it. I explained to him when I grew up 35 meant a lot.”

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Tar Heels Visit Galen Center


Is this a dream? North Carolina practiced at the Galen Center as it prepares to play Wisconsin in the Sweet 16 at Staples Center. Roy Williams coaching in the Galen Center! Let’s hope Andy Enfield walked upstairs and got some advice.

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Cody Kessler Interview

USC quarterback Cody Kessler talks about improving his foot speed and then talks about next season’s team.
“The biggest thing for me is I want to leave on a high note,” he said.

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Instant NCAA Document Reaction

The NCAA obviously looks like it had an agenda. The bad part is it hit USC hard and then never followed up against any other schools in a similar manner. They were so over the top they even made assistant coach Todd McNair look like a martyr (no easy task).

And now the big question: Does this demonstrate USC should have sued years ago?

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NCAA Releases USC Documents

The NCAA released nearly 500 pages of documents that called former assistant coach Todd McNair, “a lying morally bankrupt criminal, in my view, and a hypocrite of the highest order.”

It also showed the NCAA was unhappy USC hired Lane Kiffin, fresh off alleged rules violations at Tennessee.

“Paul Dee was brought in at Miami to clean up a program with serious problems. USC has responded to its problems by bringing in Lane Kiffin,” committee member Rodney Uphoff wrote in an undated memo to other members of the group. “They need a wake-up call that doing things the wrong way will have serious consequences.

“In light of all of the problems at USC, a failure to send a serious message in this case undercuts efforts to help clean up NCAA sports.”

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Recruiting Party Followup

Last night’s big commitment part was supposed to include “athlete” Damian Alloway of Summit High School in Fontana. Alloway said he was going to commit on Monday, then changed his mind. He didn’t even show up. Good for him for waiting instead of committing somewhere and then changing his mind.

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