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 6 years ago '10        #1151
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Good NY times article on the Mcnair case

The Next Tobacco?

Almost from the moment I started writing about the N.C.A.A. last year, I received periodic e-mails from fans of the University of Southern California football team still incensed about an N.C.A.A. ruling that had been issued against the school in 2010. They claimed that the case offered an unusually stark look at how the N.C.A.A. twists facts, tramples over due process and unfairly destroys reputations when it sets out to nail a school, a player or a coach.

I didn’t pursue it back then, partly because the story seemed stale; the alleged transgression had mainly taken place in 2005. Besides, the rules themselves are little more than a restraint of trade, meant to ensure that the athletes remain uncompensated despite the billions of dollars everyone else reaps from the sweat of their brows.

In the U.S.C. case, the N.C.A.A. made a series of allegations about Reggie Bush, the 2005 Heisman Trophy winner, the most memorable of which was that his parents had lived rent-free in a house owned — heaven forbid! — by one of two would-be agents. The N.C.A.A. views any transaction between a college athlete and an agent as a violation of its amateurism rules.

Ah, but what to do about it? Bush, safely ensconced in the N.F.L., was out of reach of the N.C.A.A. There wasn’t even all that much it could do to U.S.C. — unless, that is, its investigators could prove that a member of the U.S.C. athletic staff had known about the sub rosa relationship. Then it could throw the book at U.S.C. Which is exactly what happened.

The university official the N.C.A.A. singled out was Todd McNair, 47, an African-American a.ssistant football coach. One of the would-be agents, Lloyd Lake, who has a history of prior arrests, claimed that he had told McNair about the relationship during an angry two-and-a-half minute phone call late on the night of Jan. 6, 2006. McNair, for his part, said that he had no recollection of ever meeting Lake, much less having an angry phone call with him. There was no evidence to corroborate Lake’s claim.

Not that that mattered. The N.C.A.A.’s Committee on Infractions concluded that Lake was believable, McNair was not, and that the coach was guilty of “unethical conduct.” Thus labeled, McNair’s coaching career was effectively destroyed.

McNair then sued the N.C.A.A. for defamation — and here, I happily concede, is where the story becomes anything but stale. About two weeks ago, Frederick Shaller, a superior court judge in Los Angeles, issued a tentative ruling, saying that McNair “has shown a probability of prevailing on the defamation claims.” He also denied the N.C.A.A.’s request to put the e-mails and other evidence that had led him to this conclusion under seal.

The evidence is simply beyond the pale. To find McNair guilty of unethical conduct, the enforcement staff had to put words into Lake’s mouth that he never uttered. It botched its questioning of McNair — and then, realizing its mistake, chose not to re-interview him. One enforcement official sent a back-channel e-mail describing McNair as “a lying, morally bankrupt criminal.” And that’s just for starters.

Because he is a public figure, McNair had to show that the N.C.A.A. had acted with “actual malice” — that is, it wrote things in the full knowledge that they were false. As any journalist knows, it is very difficult for a public figure to sue for defamation — precisely because actual malice is so hard to prove. At one point during the hearing, the judge told the N.C.A.A.’s lawyer that he well understood why the organization would want to keep evidence away from the public; if he were the N.C.A.A., he would want to keep it from the public, too.

If this evidence does become public — the N.C.A.A. has vowed to appeal — I think it will scandalize fans who have long been led to believe that N.C.A.A. investigators are the “good guys” trying to catch the “bad guys” in college sports. Nor are these the only N.C.A.A. documents that are coming to light. In a class-action lawsuit involving former players who object to the N.C.A.A.’s profiting from their likeness long after they have graduated, e-mails and documents have exposed the essential hypocrisy that underlies college sports. (A lawyer with Boies, Schiller & Flexner, where my fiancée works, is among those working on the case. She has no involvement.)

I think back to another time when the release of documents changed the way the public thought about a certain secretive institution. Back in the mid-1990s, whistle-blowers leaked documents to the news media showing that the tobacco industry had long known that cigarettes caused cancer — and had been involved in a massive cover-up. The ensuing litigation forced the tobacco industry to pay enormous sums in recompense, and ultimately to be regulated by the federal government.

Not that N.C.A.A. is the next tobacco.

Or is it?

 6 years ago '10        #1152
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Massington Decommits.

I ain't even mad.

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D coordinator Hot Board



Joe Barry
San Diego Chargers LB Coach

After a successful year as USC's linebacker coach in 2011, Joe Barry left to take the same position with the San Diego Chargers. Barry reportedly had issues with the direction the USC defense was taking under Monte Kiffin. The Chargers staff is certainly in danger and Barry, a dogged recruiter, could return to the Trojans and install a more aggressive, attacking style of defense.

Gene Chizik
Former Auburn Head Coach


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The biggest name on this board is also the most controversial. There are a lot of things to like, especially his major success as a DC at Auburn and Texas and the fact he could probably come cheaper given his Auburn bailout. However, he has no history with Lane Kiffin and as a recent national title winner and head coach, would his ego be too large for Kiffin to handle? Even more worrisome are the NCAA clouds that would follow him.

Randy Shannon
TCU Linebacker Coach


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During five of the six years Shannon was the defensive coordinator for the Hurricans, his defenses ranked in the top seven in the country. His head coaching record at Miami had both good and bad spots, but he did focus on academics and his ability to recruit would both be tremendous a.ssets to the USC football program.

Justin Wilcox
Washington Defensive Coordinator


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A young coordinator and great recruiter with demonstrated success all over the country, Wilcox would be a major splash. The biggest question here is whether he would accept the job. He has been discussed as a fringe candidate for some of the head current head coach openings and it's just a matter of time until he gets an HC job. Wilcox is very well-compensated at Washington. Would he consider another coordinator job in the Pac-12 to be a lateral move?



Clancy Pendergast
California Defensive Coordinator



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Perhaps the most likely of any candidate on this board, it may be perfect timing to land Pendergast with the uncertainty at Cal in the wake of Jeff Tedford's firing. Pendergast knows the conference well and his Cal teams led the Pac-12 in total defense in 2010 and 2011. His ability to churn out NFL talent and past experience as a successful NFL DC, which included a Super Bowl appearance, would play well at a next-level driven school like USC. A match made in heaven?

Mark Banker
Oregon State Defensive Coordinator


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After a decade at Oregon State and 15 of the last 16 seasons spent with Mike Riley, could USC pry Banker away? His past at USC is a definite plus and the talent he would inherit could be very tempting. After a series of underachieving defenses from USC, Banker's demonstrated ability to get more out of defenses with less talent could have Kiffin very interested.

DeWayne Walker
New Mexico State Head Coach


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Walker was the very first coach Pete Carroll hired when he took over the Trojans back in 2001. Walker is on the hot seat with his Aggies sitting at 1-10 with one game remaining. He is a solid defensive mind and would likely slip back into a defensive coordinator role after his first stint as a head coach.

Derek Mason
Stanford Defensive Coordinator


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After three seasons running Stanford's defense, Mason has proven he knows what it takes to be successful in the Pac-12. His defenses are known for a physical front-seven, which would mesh well with the philosophy of Ed Orgeron. The question is would Mason leave The Farm and come to Los Angeles considering he is also the a.ssociate head coach at Stanford.

Mark Carrier
Cincinnati Bengals Defensive Backs Coach

Carrier is a former Trojan great who has been coaching since 2006 including a stint at Arizona State. But to go from an NFL DB coach to USC's defensive coordinator could be a bit of a stretch. Carrier seems comfortable coaching at the NFL level but the lure of his former school would probably seal the deal for him.

 6 years ago '10        #1154
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I want Shannon

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Sunday, USCFootball.com reached out to a few sources about potential defensive coordinator candidates after the resignation of Monte Kiffin. First, we verified that Ed Orgeron was unlikely to retain the title of defensive coordinator. Furthermore, multiple sources told us that USC would most likely look outside the program for a coordinator.

It was originally rumored that USC may just promote Scottie Hazleton or Marvin Sanders as defensive coordinator and use the estimated $1 million a year salary Kiffin was making to hire a new offensive coordinator. As of now, that does not appear to be the plan.

Monday, we received a tip that USC may be in the process of setting up an interview with Oregon State defensive coordinator Mark Banker. Tuesday, USCFootball.com reached out to a source close to Banker and got confirmation that the longtime Beaver coach was indeed interested in the opening at USC. For years, we've always heard there was no way Banker would leave Mike Riley.

That is not the case. In fact, from what we were told Tuesday, Banker would jump at the chance to return to USC after being a graduate a.ssistant for the Trojans under John Robinson. It was during his time at USC he met Mike Riley, who was an offensive coordinator for the Trojans under Robinson.

Mark Banker has strong ties to Southern California and is well respected among high school coaches throughout the state. His coaching career began at his alma mater, Springfield College, where he was a offensive line and running backs coach. Banker then moved to Cal State Northridge, where he would become a defensive coordinator for the first time. He spent 13 years at CSUN before heading to the D-I level as a defensive back coach for Hawai'i.

During his time in Hawai'i, he developed strong ties to the island community - ties that would serve him later at Oregon State as a recruiter. Like most a.ssistant coaches, when Hawai'i made a head coaching change, Banker lost his job as well. That disappointment ended up being one of the best things that ever happened to him.

It was at that time that Banker became a GA for USC under John Robinson in 1996. Banker took a step backward to take two step forward. Banker impressed USC's offensive coordinator Mike Riley enough to be hired on as a defensive backs coach when Riley was named head coach at Oregon State.

Banker, recruiting San Fernando Valley, Central California and Hawai'i for Oregon State, signed a handful of the starters which made up Dennis Erickson's 11-1 team that dismantled Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl.

Banker would again follow Mike Riley to the San Diego Chargers.

It was during the 2001 season when the Chargers were decimated by injuries and upheavals of the defensive staff when Banker stepped up and performed admirably as the Chargers defensive coordinator after serving two seasons as the cornerbacks coach. As the coordinator, the Chargers ranked 11th in the league for total defense and first for rush defense average.

That season was the first he coordinated a defense since the early 90's at CSUN. It wouldn't be his last. After Riley and staff were dismissed by the Chargers, Banker was hired by Stanford as their defensive coordinator in 2002. He stayed with the Cardinal for one season before meeting back up with Riley at Oregon State as the Beavers defensive coordinator in 2003.

Now USCFootball.com is told by a reliable source that Banker is very intrigued by the USC defensive coordinator job for several reasons. First, Banker enjoyed being at USC as a graduate a.ssistant. As stated, he went from being on the full time staff at Hawai'i to going unpaid at USC. He knew coaching at USC would open up doors for him and he was right. According to our source who knows him personally, he still views USC as being a place of opportunity. Any aspirations of being a head coach would be better sought with success as a Trojan.

Banker has done more with less at Oregon State, so the Trojans returning defense would be a big personnel upgrade and great fit to his 4-3 based scheme. With scholarship limitations at USC, Banker wouldn't flinch with the players the Trojans can recruit. Banker has had 17 players from his defenses drafted to the NFL since 2003. That does not include players like Seattle cornerback Brandon Browner who played for Banker and went undrafted.

With a lot of junior college transfers, two-stars and three-stars, he has managed to keep Oregon State among the top defenses in the conference. USC fans may know that better than any fan base in the country. The last time the Trojans played Oregon State in 2010, they lost 36-7.

Banker has sincere interest in USC, and according to our source, the ball will be in Lane Kiffin's court.

"If USC would put together an offer close to what Monte got, he'll take it," said the source. "He doesn't even need the full Monte, just some of it

 12-07-2012, 03:51 PM         #1157
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Damn that. Bring Joe Barry Back. He made the Chargers linebaks look respectable for the first time in years.

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Yeah you being a Chargers fan I was going to ask how he had the linebackers looking this season. I know he made Pullard & Bailey look like studs. Hell even Dawson looked Ok under Barry in 11'.

I dont want the Oregon State guy and another dude we are supposedly high on is Cals DC Pendergast who i do not want by any means.

Shannon I wouldn't mind because he coaches an attacking style and is great at it all the while having South Florida on lock as far as recruiting. Barry I like for reasons stated and for him not liking Monte's style That alone damn near wins me over.

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A new name has emerged on our search for a DC.

Pete Kwiatkowski
Boise State Defensive Coordinator


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Kwiatkowski took over as the Broncos' defensive coordinator in 2010 and has been on the BSU staff since 2006. He was the DC for Montana State for six seasons prior to returning to his Alma Mater. In 2012 the Boise State defense was ranked in the top-10 in total defense, scoring defense and passing defense. USC has shown some interest in Kwiatkowski, but would he leave Idaho for LA?


I aint going to lie, I love what he did with the place in Boise.


UPDATE: If he should return, Barry would be welcomed back by those who worked with him, we understand.

UPDATE: There is legitimate mutual interest between USC and Banker.


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 12-07-2012, 09:06 PM         #1160
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Yeah you being a Chargers fan I was going to ask how he had the linebackers looking this season. I know he made Pullard & Bailey look like studs. Hell even Dawson looked Ok under Barry in 11'.
I use Donald Butler & Shaun Philips as the measuring stick of Joe Barry

this year until he got hurt. He had a decent season last year but this season he was on pace to out do his 2011 numbers. He already has 2 INTs & 2 Sacks which is what he totaled last year. The numbers don't even do him justice because to see him fly around the field the way he has this year has been phenomenal. It's like his awareness got taken to a whole new level. I credit that to good coaching. I could make a case that Donald Butler is the future of the Charger defense now.


Then let's have a look at our long time veteran pass rusher

He's back looking like his old self again and on pace to having one of his best seasons. I also credit that to good coaching. John Barry and John Pagano obviously get along and agree on strategy.

 12-07-2012, 09:44 PM         #1161
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LOS ANGELES -- Here's a look at everything else that happened with the USC Trojans this week, including their first two bowl practices, an early trip to El Paso and more:

Defensive coordinator plans

USC coach Lane Kiffin won't begin the formal process of searching for a new defensive coordinator until after the Sun Bowl on Dec. 31.

Kiffin's father, Monte, resigned as a.ssistant head coach and de facto defensive coordinator following a disappointing 7-5 season. Kiffin says he plans to hire a true defensive coordinator to replace him, despite defensive line coach Ed Orgeron holding that title this season.

"We'll take our time and make sure that we get the right fit," Lane Kiffin said Wednesday, after the Trojans' first bowl practice.

Kiffin did indicate he will begin the process of sorting out candidates before then.

"I think you can kind of start it in your head," Kiffin said.

Kiffin is not afraid of a mid-January hire hurting his program in recruiting, even with signing day on Feb. 6. He pointed out that he was hired on Jan. 12 in 2010 and still signed a top recruiting class.

"It's not as quick as you think," Kiffin said. "One a.ssistant coach isn't gonna be a big deal, and we still have over a month after the game until signing day."

Barkley back

Quarterback Matt Barkley missed Wednesday's practice while in New York for an awards banquet and walked into the Trojans' Friday session midway through, wearing sweats but no shoulder sling.

He has not practiced since suffering a sprained throwing shoulder Nov. 17, but he's still on track to start on Dec. 31.

Kiffin told reporters in El Paso on Thursday that Barkley "obviously wouldn't have been able to play if it had been an earlier (bowl) game."

USC's other bowl-game date possibilities were Dec. 22 and Dec. 27.

Kiffin's call

Kiffin phoned a Bakersfield boy with brain cancer on Thursday to wish him well after learning of his case from the family of USC quarterback Cody Kessler.

The boy, 12-year-old Nathan Garcia, has been given days to live. Kiffin talked to the team about it Friday and gave his players the family's phone number to make their own calls if desired.

"Just a really rough story," Kiffin said. "Just really a tragic story for anybody, but I also wanted our players to remember how fortunate they are."

Markowitz may not be back

Fifth-year senior offensive lineman Abe Markowitz is hoping to get a sixth year of eligibility granted to him by the NCAA because of injuries he had earlier in his career, but he won't be back on scholarship at USC.

Kiffin said in no uncertain terms this week that the Trojans don't have a spot for Markowitz because of their 75-player NCAA mandate. Markowitz said as of Wednesday he still plans to return -- even as a walk-on -- but he may not be able to do so because of NCAA rules governing injury waivers.

He said he'd prefer being a walk-on at USC than being on scholarship somewhere else, even if it means his parents have to sell their Hawaii house, which they have discussed.

Sun Bowl gifts

Each USC player traveling to the Dec. 31 Sun Bowl will receive a watch, fleece, cap, coin and hair dryer, plus $350 to to spend on a gift of their choice.

Bowls are allowed to award up to $550 worth of gifts to each school's participants.

Watches and hats are standard gifts, as are headphones, speakers and electronic gadgets. The gift suites are a fairly new practice, giving players the option to purchase presents for family and friends.

The Alamo Bowl, another Pac-12 bowl, gives all participating players an iPad Mini, Fossil watch, $100 Best Buy gift card, panoramic team photo and mini helmet, according to the SportsBusiness Journal.

The last time USC played in a bowl game, in December 2009, each player received a netbook, watch and backpack from the Emerald Bowl.

Practice schedule

USC has not yet officially announced its practice schedule for the remaining three-plus weeks before the bowl game, but the Trojans will take next week off because of final exams.

They'll hold roughly a half-dozen practices in Los Angeles before traveling to El Paso on Dec. 26 and practicing several more times there.

Players will be allowed to go home for Christmas on Dec. 22.

Rogers cleared

USC receiver recruit Darreus Rogers was in attendance at Friday's practice. He tweeted a picture of his official enrollment notice this week.

Rogers was supposed to be a class of 2012 recruit, but academic questions delayed his enrollment and forced him to greyshirt. He's expected to begin classes in January.

Final notes: USC is hosting a mammoth official visit weekend on its campus, with quarterback Max Browne, running backs Ty Isaac and Justin Davis and safety Su'a Cravens among the players scheduled to make the trip. Most of the players visiting are already committed to USC. ... The Trojans' seniors did not practice on Wednesday, with the likes of Curtis McNeal, Khaled Holmes and Kyle Negrete instead coaching their position groups for the day, with several position coaches out on the road recruiting.




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I knew Barry was nice but thats a big cosign. Phillips getting back to his old self tells me he knows how to teach the attacking style we need for these spreads.





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This big Fella was spotted at our practice, 5* 6'5 310 Lbs Dlineman. Man it won't be easy flipping him over from Texas but Coach O has done crazier things.

Oh & Rogers is NICE, I thought we were one WR to heavy to begin with. That's why I was more relieved when Mass decommitted if anything. Redfield is starting to lean back towards us but we cant be to sure because Leon McQuay is on campus right now as well. He loves USC's music program.


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 6 years ago '04        #1163
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hearing Redfield wants to play WR tho... don't think SC gonna let him switch

I also want Joe Barry...... he told them n*ggas that sh*tty defensive scheme wouldn't work... and no one would listen

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Marqise Lee caught a nation-leading 112 passes this season, which helped the USC sophomore become an All-American and a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award.

On Wednesday, Lee was en route to an awards show in Florida and quarterback Matt Barkley was returning from a New York awards ceremony, so both were absent when the Trojans practiced for the first time in preparation for the Dec. 31 Sun Bowl against Georgia Tech.

But Coach Lane Kiffin fielded questions about comments Barkley made this week regarding USC's offense and its reliance on Lee. On Monday, during a radio and television interview on the "Dan Patrick Show," Barkley said Lee was special, that he did a great job for the Trojans, and that he was at times unstoppable.

"I think at times, though, I think we focused too much on him as a team and we took away from other great playmakers like Robert [Woods] and our tight ends who are phenomenal players, to where defenses saw that and just kind of overcrowded Marqise," Barkley said. "But he still managed to make plays, but I think we could have done a better job of utilizing other players."

Asked after practice what he thought of Barkley's comments, Kiffin told reporters he had not heard them and did not know the context.

Asked whether he thought it was true that the offense focused too much on Lee instead of Woods and the tight ends, Kiffin said, "No I don't think that's true. Basically, Marqise Lee had one more catch than Robert Woods did the year before, so when you have players like that you want to make sure they're touching the ball."

Barkley is still recovering from a shoulder injury that forced him to sit out the season finale against Notre Dame. His status for the Sun Bowl remains uncertain.

Kiffin said he anticipated the senior would play and that NFL pre-draft considerations would not play a role in the decision.

"It's a game that we really want to win," he said, "so if he can play, he can play, just like everybody else."


This dude refuses to believe he is the cause for any problems. Entitled lil bi*ch, him and Pat Haden as far as im concerned can kick rocks.

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Oh if Redfield wants to play WR, then he probably wont be re committing. We need safety help, I thought his preference was Safety but he got a lot of time at WR in HS plus I thought that was his first choice all along. He ain't about that Marquise Lee life.

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If there were any doubts in the mind of four-star USC defensive back commit, Chris Hawkins from Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) and his family, they were removed with an outstanding official visit this weekend.

The Trojan coaching staff left Armond Hawkins very impressed with the future of USC football and academics.

"The coaching staff stood out," Hawkins' dad said. "Getting to deal with the coaches and getting individual time with the coaches, Monte Kiffin, Lane Kiffin and Marvin Sanders.

"The main message was that they were going to be there. They feel confident in what they are doing and once they get the new DC [defensive coordinator] that they are going to implement a much more aggressive defense.

"In the hiring process, they say they are going to get a DC that's much more aggressive that has a sense of style. They feel like Monte [Kiffin] and Monte also confirmed this, he feels like he was maybe putting too much on the kids for them to pick up, week in and week out, because he knows so much, the kids are running around confused, most of the time.


"So, they are going to an aggressive style of football, which is going to actually come up to the line of scrimmage and man press. Doing stuff like that, just being aggressive."

In the discussions this weekend, the USC staff let the prospects know, they are going to run a 4-3 defense.

While it may look the same from a front standpoint, the defense is going to be aggressive and the SC defense is going to bring the hammer.

Back to the recruiting front, every USC fan knows that there have been a lot of colleges trying to get a final visit out of Hawkins. Schools such at Oregon and Oklahoma wanted the opportunity to show off their schools to the USC commit.

"When we were on our way home, Chris called Coach [Oregon defensive back coach] John Nealbecause he wanted to thank him for the opportunity, but he wasn't interested," Hawkins' dad said. "He really wanted to let him know that he appreciated the opportunity."

Going into the weekend if Hawkins and his family, received the answers to their questions that they were looking for it would be a wrap and that is exactly what happened.

"Like I said from day one, the only reason that we wouldn't go to SC is if they took back the scholarship," Hawkins' dad said. "We stuck to our guns and the attention from the coaches that we received when it was time for the one-on-ones, and once we got to the defensive team meetings, we were able to see a different side to Marvin Sanders. That was the complete and total package up there.

"How Coach Sanders embraced the kids and let them know, how he felt about them. Owning them, as far as, they are his recruits. That was big with the boys, as well."

deaded that lil rumor of him flipping

f!ght On Chris Hawkins


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Stockton (Calif.) Lincoln four-star running back Justin Davis said it was virtually impossible for him to de-commit from USC going into Friday's official visit to Los Angeles.

As it turns out, Davis' virtual world aligned well with the real world Sunday after his visit to USC.

"This trip was pretty much about being around the players and seeing how they act," Davis said. "It was fun to see. They were telling me stuff and how it really is. It was pretty fun being around them and that environment."

Davis was hosted by two USC players. On the first night he went out with freshman fullback Jahleel Pinner. Saturday evening he was hosted by junior defensive end Kevin Greene. Davis and future tailback teammate, Ty Isaac, were also able to get a lot of face time with USC offensive coordinatorKennedy Polamalu.

"We both talked to Coach Polamalu," Davis said. "He was definitely saying a lot about how we are going to be the power backs coming in to bring USC back up to play for a national championship."

Coming away from the visit, Davis was more sure than ever that USC was home to him and he is going to enroll in USC on January 10th. Davis has his reasons why he is so solid to SC.

"Pretty much it is the way how they are connected to the NFL," Davis said. "They are going to get me ready and then there's the academics, of course.

"USC is just the perfect fit for me. I love the offense and everything about it."

It looks like Davis will not be enrolling with his running back mate.

Although Isaac will not enroll early at USC as previously planned, Davis doesn't see the five-star running back looking elsewhere at other colleges.

"I really didn't talk to him [Isaac] about that situation much," Davis said. "I doubt that he's going to be talking to any other schools or anything. By the looks of it he's all USC like me."

Davis being one of the best running backs from the Golden State, obviously has other schools pursuing him as well and there is time for him to take at least one more, but that doesn't seem to appeal to the future Trojan.

"There are a couple of schools that are working hard, but I'm not going to take anymore visits," Davis said. "USC was the last one."

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aggressive defense



running game should be interesting with Madden, Davis and Issacs added in...

tho its hard to gauge how good of a power back Ty Isaac will be... there is absolutely no display of it in his highlights

Hopefully he will be just as productive as Lendale was


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I'm looking at his highlights like

Doesn't seem like a power back and doesn't appear to have that much speed. Getting brought down on them desperation leg tackles like Silas. They were slow motioning them cuts I was like

But he is 6'3 215-220 and young. He has a chance to bulk up a lil more. But Justin Davis on the other hand cuts on a dime and has excellent acceleration. I loved his film.


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WASHINGTON D.C. - Five-star Sammamish (Wash.) Skyline quarterback Max Browne is just weeks away from the start of his career as a USC Trojan, and this weekend he got a taste of what to expect during his official visit to the school.
Browne flew directly from his official visit to Washington D.C. to join the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Player of the Year tour, and recapped his weekend in Southern California.



Max Browne will enroll at USC in January.
"It was cool to be able to experience some of the social stuff with the other guys and get to know them before I head down there," Browne said. "It was just what I expected - a fun balance of football, social life and academics. I enjoyed it and can't wait to get down there in January."

Browne is set to enroll at USC in January. He will then be able to take part in the Trojan's spring football practice, where he will battle with the likes of Max Wittek and Cody Kessler to see who a.ssumes the starting role in the wake of Matt Barkley's graduation.

"We didn't really talk about it, but I hung out with (Max) Wittek a little bit," Browne said. "Obviously he has one start under his belt. I think both of those guys are going to have a little bit of experience on me, but I'm trying to make it a good competition.

"With the spot open and Matt leaving for the NFL, there's a good opportunity. But like I've said all along, Cody and Max are at USC for a reason - just like myself. It is a great quarterback school and whoever goes out there and starts week one, I'm sure USC is going to be in good hands."

Of course, Browne's early enrollment will also allow him to get acclimated with taking college courses and working in a college training program nine months before his freshman season begins.

"Going in early definitely helps me with the extra time in the weight room," he said. "Going through the tours on academics, it's not so much what they can offer you, but will they will offer you. They had the plans with my classes and football and the training regimen that I will have. It was a little preview of what will happen when I get down there in a few weeks."

Also making official visits to USC this weekend were Trojans commits Ty Isaac, Justin Davis, Su'a Cravens, Chris Hawkins, Kylie Fitts, as well as former USC commit Max Redfield and Texas five-star defensive tackle commit A'Shawn Robinson.

The quarterback recruit in each class is often looked upon as a leader, and Browne made sure he spent time building the bond with his future teammates, while also encouraging the non-commits to join him at USC.

"You never know what is going to happen the next couple months with signing day approaching, but all those guys are solid," Browne said. "Obviously A'Shawn's deal is different and Max Redfield is a little bit different.

"With guys like that, they know the deal. I have taken the approach this whole recruiting process of sitting back. What USC offers can stand up to any school, and I don't need to tell them that. I was just there making sure they were experiencing everything and seeing everything that I saw and I think those guys like it. Obviously those two guys are great players and hopefully this week helped us in recruiting them.

The Trojans did not have the type of year they were hoping for in 2012, finishing the regular season 7-5 after starting ranked No. 1 in preseason polls. Browne said the focus of this weekend's official visit was on the future of the program.

"In the offensive meeting I had with them, they touched on the fact that the games they were losing was the matter of one or two plays," Browne said. "I think the difference between this year and past years was that the turnovers were a lot worse.

"They didn't really touch on this current year as much, but mostly were looking towards the future. This year, the biggest thing is we are bringing in a lot of d-linemen and that is an area of need, as they would say. It's just cool to know that the future is bright if we can lock down this recruiting class."

The future starts next month for Browne when he enrolls at USC full-time, and this past weekend's trip stoked his excitement for that impending reality.

"The last thing we did last night was walk down the Coliseum tunnel at night, and that stuff gets you going," Browne said. "I committed to USC just looking forward to being a Trojan and it is crazy I will be down there in a month, but it is exciting and I am looking forward to it."

In the meantime, Browne has been afforded several exciting opportunities in the next month, starting with this week's U.S. Army Player of the Year Tour in Washington D.C., followed by the Army Bowl in San Antonio on Jan. 5.

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Mission Viejo (Calif.) five-star safety Max Redfield officially visited USC over the weekend. Following the Diablo's 115-50 basketball victory over University, Redfield's attention was turned to football recruiting.

This past weekend, Redfield took, in his words, a long awaited official visit to USC.

"The USC visit I just took was fun," he said. "I have two teammates that I used to play with that are up there right now. One of my hosts was Tre Madden who went to Mission Viejo and we had a lot of fun together.

"It was cool seeing all the guys and there were a bunch of recruits there for football. There were probably about nine commits there, so it was a lot of fun being with them too.

"I wanted to see more of the academic side, what I would be getting there. I got really in depth there and it was good to see more of the academic side than the football side."

Going into the visit Friday, Notre Dame was Redfield's favorite school followed by USC, Washington and Ohio Satte. With his official visit to USC in the books, Redfield has narrowed down his options to two schools.

"Pretty much it is between Notre Dame and USC right now," Redfield said. "I am planning on making a decision on Jan. 5 at the Under Armour Game. I am torn 50/50 right now. I honestly don't know where I am going to go to college."

Redfield thoroughly enjoyed his official visit to Notre Dame back in October.

"Well obviously [Notre Dame] has great tradition, a wonderful football program right now and great academics as well," he said. "I just liked the team chemistry they had there and I had a lot of fun with their guys.

"I felt like I could fit in with them really well. I had a lot of fun up there and the atmosphere was great."



Max Redfield's No.1 sport used to be basketball.

Then in November, f!ghting Irish head coach Brian Kelly came out to see Redfield.

"[His visit] was good. We didn't have too much time to see each other because they are not allowed to see me before a competition and he came to a basketball game," Redfield said. "But after I saw him briefly and we just talked a little bit. He had a great in-home with my parents, they liked him a lot."

USC head coach Lane Kiffin should be meeting with Redfield for his in-home visit in the near future.

"Probably sometime this week or maybe the weekend because they have that dead period after that," Redfield said.

Torn between two options, Redfield tried to explain how he will go about his decision process.

"I might be getting to an emotional decision, which I need to get away [from] and pretty much just narrow it down to a business decision," he said. "Take away pretty much just the factors that are extremely important and will help me with the rest of my life."

With such a big decision ahead, Redfield uses basketball as a reprieve from recruiting.

In the blowout win on the hardwood Tuesday, Redfield scored nine points on four of seven shooting with five rebounds, four a.ssists, two blocked shots and a steal.

"Basketball was actually my No. 1 sport going into high school," Redfield said. "I have always loved basketball and I love playing with these guys."

Many of the skills he hones on the hard court help Redfield on the gridiron.

"Endurance, just running back and forth more in basketball than football, footwork and hand-eye coordination and ball skills translate a lot [to football]," he said.

Ryan Abraham is the publisher of USCFootball.com. You can follow him on Twitter at @insidetroy.

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Skyline quarterback Max Browne named player of the year
Max Browne, who led Skyline to the past two Class 4A state football titles, was named Gatorade National Football Player of the Year on Tuesday. Browne, who will play at USC next fall, was honored in a ceremony at Skyline High School.

Skyline quarterback Max Browne has racked up championships and passing records during his brilliant high school career. And now the USC-bound senior is adding a prestigious national honor to his resume.

Browne today was named the Gatorade National Football Player of the Year. He was presented the award in the school's theater on the Sammamish campus, with Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and classmates in attendance.

The only other player from Washington State to earn the Gatorade national award, which has been presented since 1985, is former Puyallup High School quarterback Brock Huard in 1994-95. Huard starred at the University of Washington and then played in the NFL for Seattle and Indianapolis from 2000 to 2003.

Browne led Skyline to three consecutive 4A state title games, and the Spartans won the last two of them. They beat Skyview of Vancouver in 2011 and, earlier this month, defeated Bellarmine Prep, 49-24, to cap a 14-0 season.

Browne completed 21 of 28 passes for 384 yards and four touchdowns in the win over Bellarmine, setting 4A title-game records for passing yards and touchdowns. He finished his career with 12,951 passing yards, eighth all-time nationally, and surpassing DeSales' Brian Lindgren (12,575 from 1996-98) as the state's career passing leader.

And that's just the beginning of the story for Browne, who also set the state record for career completions with 882, surpassing former Prosser and Boise State star Kellen Moore. Browne threw for 4,526 yard and 49 touchdowns this season, completing 277 of 377 passes while throwing just five interceptions. His career total of 146 touchdowns is third-highest in state history.

Not surprisingly, the 6-foot-5, 215-pound Browne is the nation's top-ranked high school quarterback, and will compete next year to succeed Matt Barkley at USC.

The Gatorade Player of the Year program recognizes academic achievement and "exemplary character on and off the field" in addition to athletic excellence. Browne maintains a 3.5 GPA at Skyline and volunteers locally on behalf of the American Cancer Society Relay for Life and Generation Joy.

The state of Washington has had two national Gatorade winners in soccer — Chris Henderson of Cascade in Everett (1988-89) and Nick Downing of Eastlake in Redmond (1997-98). Susan Anderson of Mount Baker was the national winner for girl's basketball in 1985-86.

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Vanderdoes decommitted

Will not commit anywhere until NSD



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