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When it comes to defensive backs in the class of 2013 one of the very best is Leon McQuay III (Seffner, Fla./Armwood). He’s a ball hawking four-star safety that is super in run support, has terrific cover skills and is excellent on special teams. This past weekend he traveled from the Sunshine State to sunny California and made his first visit to USC.
“I loved the new facilities and the program is great,” McQuay said. “I could get a chance to play for Monte Kiffin. That would be pretty cool. It’s good to know that he could help me get where I want to go [NFL]. They also have a very unique music school.”
USC’s audio and music school perhaps impressed McQuay and his father the most while they spent time meeting with the Trojan family. It was more than just a football visit.
“It was a holiday weekend but the staff came back and meet with us,” said his father, Leon McQuay, Jr. “A lot of people came in to speak with us and that was huge. We met with their audio production professor for an hour and a half. It was crazy. That’s what Leon wants to study and they have a great department.
“Pat Haden [USC Athletic Director] came in and spoke with us for about an hour. Of course Monte [Kiffin] was there and he and Leon have a unique relationship. He has a great interest in him.
“Overall, it just seemed like USC took a great interest in Leon and the visit was really more than just about football.”
McQuay, 6-foot-1 and 185-pounds, carries a 4.73 grade point average and is enrolling in college in January. That means he will have to cram in many visits between now and the end of the year. Armwood’s only bye week is at the end of the regular season (11-19) and you know that they will work their way deep into the playoffs. They are currently ranked No. 1 in Class 6A in Florida.
“We are currently setting up an official visit to Oregon,” McQuay, Jr. said. “We will more than likely make an official visit to USC and Vanderbilt. He could visit Florida State and maybe Michigan. I know Leon plans on going to [unofficial visit] FSU for the Clemsongame (9-22).”
McQuay says he currently doesn’t have a leader and knows he has trips to make in a short period of time.
“I am open,” McQuay said. “Right now I am just thinking about what trips to take and those schools.”
This Friday, McQuay and Armwood host four-star running back Greg Bryantand Delray Beach American Heritage.
In Armwood’s Kickoff Classic win over St. Petersburg Gibbs, McQuay had three blocked punts. He’s currently the No. 6 rated safety.
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USCFootball.com War Room Post - September 7th, 2012 Reply

Welcome back to the War Room. I'll begin the session with the ground rules so everyone knows what we are doing here. Everything that is reported in the War Room must stay in the War Room and can be talked about in The Peristyle. Sometimes the info is sensitive enough that it simply does not need to be passed on beyond the doors of this thread.

This is a special feature for subscribers only. The reason why it is posted on the premium board is because it's the only way to ensure that the info stays exclusive to Trojan fans. This will only work if everyone helps make it work and so far we haven't had any problems.

The Trojan nation is invading New York this weekend but back home in the War Room we talk about Carson (Calif.) four-star wide out Darreus Rogers getting cleared, a second chance for Simione Vehikite and lots more.

Let's get down to it…

Faith in George Farmer

"I think George picked up his first offer when he was in seventh grade. He was already 6-foot-2, 210 at that age."

According to Serra head coach Scott Altenberg, USC coaches haven't given up on Farmer.

"Anytime George goes out there, this is what the USC coaches tell me, anytime he goes out there, and he's healthy, he's one of the best players on the field. There is not getting around it. George is an amazing talent.

"The problem with George is, he's built like a Ferrari. He has trouble, because he is so strong and thick, yet he's so fast, his body struggles to stay healthy. The reason is he is so freakishly athletic.

"Marqise and Woody, are more lean bodies and are more wiry. Less muscular. For Woody and Marqise it works and they don't get nicked up as much.

"George is a tough kid. I try to get everyone to understand, that when he gets hurt, it's not his fault. It is stupid stuff, like a popped hamstring, but he is tough as nails. I have never seen him back down. I mean he goes towards people when they come to hit him. He never stops, he has really been unlucky. I am hoping he gets on the field and plays because he is a great kid.

"Last season, we lost our first game to Notre Dame. George came to the game and it was our first loss in the regular season in three or four years. He took the whole team, without me saying a word, he got them all gathered around and he talked to the team for about 15 minutes on what it meant to be a Serra Cavalier and we battle back from adversity.

"I was so proud of him. I was more proud of that than any catch or anything he ever did."

Rogers Cleared

According to Carson (Calif.) four-star wide out Darreus Rogers, the NCAA Clearinghouse accepted his transcripts Thursday and deemed his summer school course grades good enough to raise his core GPA to a passing level. Rogers told USCFootball.com Senior Analyst Gerard Martinez that he expects to enroll in classes at USC Monday.

The War Room has chronicled Rogers' journey to getting qualified, but it is important to point out that his eligibility status is not official until USC says it's official. However, according to several sources, Rogers' standing with USC admissions was not an issue as long as he passed Clearinghouse requirements. What many do not know, is that Rogers had to get three A's in his second session of summer school to qualify.

Rogers actually appeared eligible in June, but the NCAA deemed that his course work at Carson Christian (a secondary school) was not certified. So in reality, Rogers had to pass summer school classes twice in order to qualify. How Rogers status affects USC's scholarship numbers this year or next remains unknown.

Pac-12 Committed

This week we reported that Oregon canceled the official visit of Bellflower (Calif.) four-star offensive tackle Nico Falah. According to Falah, Oregon coaches told him that they "were not recruiting committed players." That was obviously a revelation to USC fans in recent years. Of course, Oregon is apparently still recruiting Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) cornerback Chris Hawkins. He is scheduled to officially visit Oregon this season. So which one is it? Is Oregon going to turn down Mission Viejo (Calif.) four-star safety Max Redfield for an official visit?

"No, Oregon hasn't said anything about that," said Redfield. "I actually got a letter for an official offer from them a few weeks ago. I haven't been in contact with them for a little while, so I'm not sure."

But Oregon may not be the only school getting caught in its own recruiting mind games. Friday, word came down that UCLA head coach Jim Mora is not allowing USC commits to attend Bruins games as unofficial visitors. That was news to a couple of other USC commits that were actually contemplating visiting for the Nebraska game this week. As we see it, this policy works for USC more than it does UCLA.

McQuay Unofficially Visits USC

In an odd bit of timing, Seffner (Fla.) five-star safety Leon McQuay III visited USC last weekend unofficially, although he did not attend the Trojans win over Hawaii Saturday. McQuay arrived in L.A. Sunday and left Monday night with his father, Leon Jr. Post visit, the McQuay's have been fairly quiet about the trip. However, multiple sources say the visit went really well.

The youngest Leon is a musician, and he toured the Trojans' music facilities. Word is he even brought his synthesizer with him to campus to specify his interests in studio engineering. Being that the trip happened during the Labor Day weekend, most of campus was shut down, but Lane Kiffin and his staff came in and had the music building open just for McQuay.

Obviously, USC's music program combined with the connections and industry presence in Los Angeles struck a chord with McQuay - no pun intended. Various sources hinted at a possible commitment from the five-star safety this weekend, with USC, Vanderbilt and FSU being his final choices. However, according to a source at Armwood High School, any plans for an announcement have been put on hold.

While we hear McQuay has been ready to pull the trigger on making a college decision for a more than a month now, it sounds like his parents want him to wait out the process and officially visit Florida State and maybe even Michigan before he makes a decision. Vanderbilt is still an option for McQuay, but maybe not as high on his list as they once were. McQuay is often described as being fairly shy and quiet, which makes the recruiting process a nuisance for him. If he were to commit in the near future, our pick would be USC.

However, having McQuay commit this early may not be a good thing for the Trojans. If his parents are not sold on an early decision, then the pledge would mean little. McQuay is going to have to commit sooner than most recruits, as he is slated to graduate from Armwood in December. Because this visit was of the unofficial variety, McQuay still has an opportunity to visit USC again officially.

One scholarship, but very big deal

It isn't easy to hear the soft-spoken words of Simi Vehikite. His head is down, eyes averted after practice. You may have to ask him to say something again.

The redshirt junior has made a very quiet return to the Trojans team last week after being released from an INS/DHS hold on him after getting out of jail six weeks ago. His immigration papers had to be squared away after getting lost in the shuffle when the native of Tonga, a teen rugby star on the national team, came to Hawai'i for a chance at college at the age of 15.

He and his family knew that getting to Hawai'i, and football, would be his best shot. And now he's getting a second shot. And from a team that when he was welcomed back was No. 1 in the nation -- and limited to just 75 scholarships.

But they had one for him, even if he's hardly a star. Although if you read fan boards of rival programs, you'd think the only reason for taking him back was the competitive advantage it would give the Trojans to bring back a kickoff cover specialist with six tackles in 12 games last season. If only.

Here's Simi at last year's Holiday Bowl, to watch the Cal Bears with John Martinez and his family. "Hi, I'm Simi Vehikite," he says to the person who has been a USC beat reporter since he's been a Trojan, extending his hand, "you probably don't know me."

No big shot Simi. He knows the deal. This wasn't about winning another game, it was about giving him another chance.

"Well, I think our job is to work with young kids who make mistakes and give them second chances," Lane Kiffin said this week. Helping out kids who need it -- and prove they deserve it.

"I'm glad we were able to do that. He's paid a big price. He's missed a lot of stuff and he's very embarrassed. I'm glad we could give him another chance . . . I hope he chooses right."

Simi certainly seems to have moved in the right direction. Despite the death of his dad a year ago, his family, mostly in Hawai'i but some in California, has pitched in to help him pay back the damages from his accident while driving with an 0.08 alcohol level. "They really have helped me with this," he says.

But ask him about what it means to have USC bring him back into the fold, as Kiffin said they would if he lived up to his end of the bargain last May when he pled guilty to a pair of felony charges and was sentence to a year in the LA County Jail, and he pauses for a moment.

This chance was everything for him. It was his reason for staying in shape. Or getting into better shape. The 5-foot-11, 225-pound linebacker/fullback has never looked fitter or trimmer. But it was more than that.

"It gave me a purpose," Simi says of the goal of being able to come back and be a part of something special.

He can barely say the words: "I am so thankful for the way the coaches and players have taken me back," he said, looking away and catching himself at the thought of what this means to him.

But Kiffin is giving him no more than a chance -- and a deal. Take care of your academic obligations first. And all your legal, moral and financial obligations. And then handle whatever comes his way.

"I hope he chooses right," Kiffin said after taking care of all his business.

"I have," says Simi, who will be on probation another three years. And he handled his classroom responsibilities, doing well in the 20 hours he earned last spring knowing he was almost certainly headed to jail. That left him "just 14 hours from graduating" in his sociology major, he said. "I'll finish up this semester."

He actually walked with teammates last spring at the athletes graduation since he was within a semester of finishing up after that big spring. What he's gone through has been something of an education in itself, he says, so much so that he's exploring "graduate school in sociology," as the next phase in his life.

But first, it's time for some football. Week 1 barely gave Simi time to get back in pads for Hawai'i. But this week, "I'm on the kickoff team," he says. And he's back.

And ready to contribute to the team that took him back and a coach who was willing to do so knowing he'd surely be criticized for a "win at all costs attitude" and "taking back a felon" when he couldn't extend a scholarship to walk-on Will Andrew for another year.

"I can't thank Coach Kiffin enough," Simi says, "and my teammates. Coming back here, coming out onto the field and seeing their smiles, that was awesome," Simi said. "Just awesome."

What will be awesome is making this work out for Simi, his family, coaches and teammates who all stuck by him.

Kiffin is keeping on the pressure but when asked if he shouldn't maybe have suspended Simi a game when he got back to the team, Kiffin said he should not have.

"He's basically been away from our program for a long time," Kiffin said. "We just didn't make a big deal of it."

And they're not going to now. But it is. Just ask Simi. A very big deal.


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Good question

Credit this one to our ever eagle-eyed photographer Tim Lutes for this observation after Saturday's Hawai'i game. "Was it the gloves?" Lutes was wondering about some of the wide receiver difficulties holding on to the football with the new cardinal-and-gold Nike model that when you hold them together just so, the palms of the gloves form the Trojan helmet logo.

And since they were in service for the first time, was it a break-in situation or something more? We'll keep our eyes on the gloves going forward although this past week you did see a number of players wearing them at practice unlike Week 1. So you wouldn't think it'd be an issue. And for those who wonder about these things, the new generic Nike version of those gloves, with the Nike logo, retail for what seems a pricey $49.99.

Seems to us the Nike cardinal-and-gold crew socks, originally designed for basketball we understand, might be the better deal. They're just $13.99 a pair.
Off topic . . . this post and LA sportstalk radio

We admit, our radio talk show listening is more likely to lean right to Rush, Hannity, Medved, Levine, Hewitt, well you get the drift. Not a political pitch but more an explainer since if you turn to Sirius-XM Satellite for college sports, you get a whole lot of stuff that's fine mostly for cementing stereotypes of my formerly good-ole-boy SEC brethren.

But how hard is it to listen locally in LA. That's not a question but a comment. The morning drive time guys are mostly national and while Colin is something of a Kiffin honk, he's in Connecticut. As are Mike and Mike. So that leaves the local guys and even when you give them a try as we did to my chagrin last week, here's what you get.

Started at the left end of the dial, the former USC tailback from the Paleolithic days when slow-moving San Pedrans could play running back at Troy was talking about "The Bachelorette." Not sure why. Couldn't switch the station fast enough to the next stop, where just a millisecond later, KSPN's afternoon guys (not sure what their names are and too unmotivated to check since it's not Lakers season) were talking about . . . "The Bachelorette."

Never, never again.

What about the guys at 830? What, and listen to someone tell me the Angels are just about ready to turn it around -- and boy is that Mike Trout good. Hey, I'd pay to watch Trout run from first to home on a gapper but not going to listen to someone talk about him.

LA sportstalk radio, except USC pregame, is dead to me. Dead silence is a far more attractive alternative.

Let's hear it for the Hall, Hal and the Duke

A couple of USC-related National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame notes -- one coming up, one just past. Hal Bedsole, USC's 2012 Hall of Fame inductee, will be honored with the Hall of Fame's on-campus salute at the Cal game Sept. 22.

And just this past weekend, in Snyder, Tex., they celebrated the second annual John Wayne Film Festival with three straight days of showing 20 films starring the former Trojan football player, and longtime NFF board member and its gold medal winner in 1973.

Those wacky Warriors

So what the heck were Hawai'i's Warriors doing Saturday that was so off the charts odd? How about lining up two guys in a gap, one behind the other in a kind of midified "Pistol" for defensive linemen and having both of them try to bust through the gap in single file. Yikes.

The last time you saw that was playing touch football in the alley behind your house in the third grade. Not sure there are any rules for that. So maybe the O-line gets a new start this week. Or not. What if when Syracuse sees the film, they dig the Warriors' "Dancing with the Stars" routines. Well, at least the Trojans will have seen them before.

Defense does it . . . in the Pac-12?

Wow, does anybody play defense the way those West Coast folks do? How about them 12-PAC-kers. After a game, UCLA, with six sacks, leads the nation and USC, with five, is fifth.

But the Trojans, with 12 tackles for loss, are No. 1 in the nation there, tied inexplicably with another Pac-12 team, Cal, that did a dozen stops in the Nevada backfield and still lost. So much for that stat, or even the fact that four more Pac-12 teams are in the Top 25 in the "tackles for loss" rankings -- Stanford at No. 11 with 10; Arizona State at No. 17, with nine; and UCLA and Arizona, tied at No. 24, with eight.

If there's anything to draw from these numbers, it's almost certainly this: the Pac-12 opened against a whole bunch of outmanned opponents even if the Cal, Stanford and Arizona scores didn't show it.

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Welcome back to the War Room. I'll begin the session with the ground rules so everyone knows what we are doing here. Everything that is reported in the War Room must stay in the War Room and can be talked about in The Peristyle. Sometimes the info is sensitive enough that it simply does not need to be passed on beyond the doors of this thread.

This is a special feature for subscribers only. The reason why it is posted on the premium board is because it's the only way to ensure that the info stays exclusive to Trojan fans. This will only work if everyone helps make it work and so far we haven't had any problems.

After taking over New York, Trojan fans and alumni now focus on the annual pilgrimage north to San Francisco. In our Weekender edition of the War Room there is high praise for Robert Woods and Marqise Lee, recruiting scoop and plenty more.

Let's get down to it…

Rogers Greyshirting... for now?

As reported last week, the NCAA Clearinghouse accepted Carson (Calif.) four-star wide out Darreus Rogers transcripts and deemed his summer school course grades good enough to raise his core GPA to a passing level. At that time, Rogers expected to enroll at USC this week. That did not happen.

Three weeks into the fall semester, USC coaches met with Rogers and proposed greyshirting as an option. While Rogers was clearly behind in school and with football, it's unclear whether USC even had room for him on the roster. With the NCAA taking as long as it did to clear Rogers, it's possible Simi Vehikite's addition to the 75 man scholarship roster may have forced Lane Kiffin's hand.

And there's a possibility that move could cost USC. Rogers is now a recruit again, and a source indicated that Arizona State may take a look at trying to get Rogers into school on scholarship before January. Arizona State recruited Rogers very hard out of high school, and while he would be behind to play for the Sun Devils this season, a redshirt may be more attractive than a greyshirt financially to his family.

Rogers could not be reached for comment about his communication with ASU, but if any changes in his plans to enroll at USC in January change, they will have to change soon.

LaRue at UCLA or not

Two sources that attended the Bruins win over Nebraska last Saturday claimed that Santa Monica (Calif.) four-star athlete Sebastian LaRue was at the Rose Bowl. LaRue vehemently denied being at the UCLA game, and we've always known him to be an honest young man. And it's not like USC would have an issue with LaRue visiting UCLA anyway.

The real issue is with Jim Mora. According to LaRue, Mora did invite him to the Nebraska and other games at UCLA, while at the same time telling players like Chris Hawkins and Su'a Cravens that USC commits would not be welcome at the Rose Bowl free of charge. Obviously, UCLA views LaRue differently than other USC commits. With LaRue telling USCFootball.com that he feels there is a lack of communication between he and the USC staff, time will tell if the Trojans start to view LaRue different as well.

Who wants to visit?

Well, everyone. It's getting to be that time of year where recruits all over the country start taking official visits, and as usual, USC is one of the top college football destinations. However, with USC's class filled in terms of numbers, official visits may be more tricky than in years past. For one, it still appears USC will not entertain many, if any official visitors during the season.

Second, will inviting non-committed players to campus upset players already committed to USC at the same position? It's going to be a two-way street with commits taking visits and USC entertaining additional visitors not on the commitment list. Here's a tentative list of players expressing interest to visit Los Angeles. Dates are subject to change.

QB
Commits: Max Browne (Dec. 14)

RB
Commits: Justin Davis (Dec. 14), Ty Isaac (Dec. 14)

WR
Commits: Steven Mitchell (TBA), Eldridge Massington (Dec. 7), Sebastian LaRue (TBA)
Targets: Tyree Robinson (TBA), O.J. Howard (TBA), LaQuon Treadwell (TBA)


OL
Commits: Nico Falah (TBA), Khaliel Rogers (TBA)
Targets: Laremy Tunsil (TBA)


DL
Commits: Kenny Bigelow (Dec. 14), Eddie Vanderdoes (TBA), Kylie Fitts (Dec. 7), Jason Hatcher (TBA), Torrodeny Prevot (TBA)
Targets: Montravius Adams (TBA), Carl Lawson (TBA), Derrick Calloway (TBA), Tim Williams (TBA), Keith Bryant (TBA)

LB
Commits: Michael Hutchings (TBA)
Targets: Tyrell Robinson (TBA), Matthew Thomas (TBA)


DB
Commits: Chris Hawkins (Dec. 14), Su'a Cravens (Dec. 14), Max Redfield (TBA), Jalen Ramsey (TBA)
Targets: Leon McQuay (TBA), Tahaan Goodman (TBA)


Robey's Revenge

During Spring of 2011, we spoke with Nickell Robey about the prospect of facing Andrew Luck; coincidentally, the conversation occurred in front of Shareece Wright, victim of an unforgettable Luck hit.

Robey spoke about his excitement for his next opportunity against the Stanford QB, licking his lips and saying "I can't wait to face Andrew Luck."

Well, Robey got his wish last year with the memorable interception return for a touchdown that put USC ahead late. However, the Trojans lost and even though Lane Kiffin and many players have been avoiding the revenge angle, Robey took no such approach.

"After the interception, I thought we were going to win," he said. "There's a lot of motivation and emotion. We deserve this win more than they do and we're going to get it."

He added that T.J. McDonald delivered a message to the team this week: "T.J. told us that we don't have a second shot at anything. We really need a win."

Cutting Shaw some slack here

OK, last year we weren't very happy with the end-of-season line from Stanford coach David Shaw praising his own quarterback Andrew Luck, as if he needed any, and seeming to put down a bit, USC's Matt Barkley. It was the way he noted how what Luck was doing, he was doing without the benefit of "a pair of sure NFL first-round draft picks" like Barkley had.

Have to give it to Shaw, after what he said this week, maybe that wasn't meant as any sort of shot against Barkley. He really, really does love Robert Woods and Marqise Lee -- if his comments about them this week are any sign.

"In all the years I was in the NFL and studied college wide receivers, and since I've been here studying different offenses, I've never seen a college team with two guys like this. There's never been [a pair like them] in the modern era," Shaw said.

"There are three 'explosions' for a receiver. There's explosion off the ball, explosion into the cut, and explosion after the catch. Usually, they decrease, with the last one not as big as the two before. With Woods, all three are explosive. It's like Joey Galloway in his prime. You see the same thing from Marqise Lee, except a bigger version."

Beatin' the blitz

We knew Barkley had great games as a sophomore and junior, going head-to-head, step-for-step, throw-for-throw against Luck the last two years, completing 56 of 90 passes for 674 yards and six touchdowns against just one interception. And now thanks to ESPN's Stats and Information group, we can see a bit of how he did it. In those two games, the Cardinal tried to blitz Barkley 33 times. And against the blitz, Barkley completed 17 passes for all six of his TD's and 231 of those yards.

Coach doesn't always know best

OK, maybe the headline here is obvious. After all, there are four new football coaches in the Pac-12 so this much should be clear. A lot of times they don't. And even though our default position here is that the guys who get paid to do this for a living, who spend the most time doing it, have made a life for themselves doing it, should get the nod most of the times for knowing best, we pass along this moment from USC football history to make the case that not always . . . .

Not sure if you remember the time when the Trojans and Pete Carroll had pulled off the great recruiting coup of signing the first-ever National Gatorade Player of the Year who was a lineman, Coloradan Jeff Byers. And even though he'd never made anything but a shotgun snap, the Trojans coaches were all set to start him as a freshman. What a way to highlight how well they were recruiting.

But then a player said no. No way. If you don't start sophomore Ryan Kalil at center, I'm not playing, junior quarterback Matt Leinart said. And so Kalil, now the NFL's highest-paid center after an All-American career at USC, was the pick to start. And that time, the coach did get it right. When he did what his player told him to do.

Royalties, anyone?

Not sure if you caught this but big as life, there in and on the Louisiana-Monroe cheering section for the underdogs in their gigantic upset win over SEC big boy Arkansas last week, was the tee shirt of choice for the ULM folks.

"Unfinished Business" is all it said. They were tired of losing to the SEC. And they must have heard that cool line about taking care of business that someone, somewhere in college football said recently. And it appears to be working, even for those who didn't come up with it.

No names, no injuries here but . . .

No quotes, predictions or inside sources either, about any of the out-of-action Trojans. We don't know. We can't know. But we do know there's a general sense out there about who they are, what they're working with and trying to come back from and even when they're expected back.

Except for this. Everything we're seeing and hearing, through the most unofficial and yet well-connected of available public information, tells us that every one of the most worrisome missing-in-action Trojans could be back sooner, and maybe a good bit sooner, than anyone had expected. Or projected. Just sayin'.

Mr. Scott, call your office

Sure there's been some puzzlement at how the Pac-12 Networks have had more difficulty than maybe was expected at completing national distribution deals with outfits like DirecTV for the league's games. But a closer look at ESPN's release of its college football ratings in Pac-12 towns might have been the tipoff.

Birmingham, Ala., Oklahoma City and Columbus, Ohio, were 1-2-3 last season. No surprises there. The rest of the top 10 in order: Greenville, S.C., New Orleans, Atlanta, Jacksonsville, Fla., Tulsa, Okla., and Knoxville, Tenn.

But only two cities in the Pac-12 footprint, and one only barely, make the top 25 -- Portland, Ore., at No. 25, and Las Vegas, at No. 9 and probably thanks to sports gamblers from all over the nation, not just the West. Those two join big city markets like Cleveland, Detroit, Charlotte, Tampa, Orlando, Pittsburgh and two in Virginia -- Richmond and Norfolk -- in the top 25.

So where are LA and San Francisco? How about Nos. 43 and 44 respectively. With ranked teams in each of the Southern California and Bay Area markets last season, it was the biggest disconnect between TV ratings and team rankings in the country.


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Lame n*gga be quiet &
 5 years ago '10        #1093
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Somebody end this nightmare.
 5 years ago '12        #1094
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Somebody end this nightmare.
 5 years ago '04        #1095
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Somebody end this nightmare.
 5 years ago '04        #1096
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Abe Markowitz will be the starting center if Khaled is not ready

Kiffin is going to open up competition for LT....... reports were Max Tuerk looked great in camp

Past 3 games have showed Walker doesn't have the speed or agility to handle his a.ssignments on the edge......

He should get a shot at Guard tho.... I don't see anyone pushing him around like the others were

that whole line needs to be revamped
 5 years ago '10        #1097
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Agreed, Had high hopes for Walker, Max looked good in spring everybody been saying but they said the same about Walker .. but man we are def getting worked up front. Not like our teams at all. I see why Kiff wanted Murphy and Peat so much (who are both at the farm now). KH getting hurt really fu*ked us up especially since Abe was hurt as well.

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 5 years ago '10        #1098
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Dline too, Furd line is the most physical we'll face in our regular season. I pray the way we were abused pushed some ego's to the side especially the one of our head coach who seemed to refuse to switch sh*t up. Not on the fire Lane like some of our peers but we need to see improvements asap.

This slow start sh*t is getting old
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Kiffin is cracking
 5 years ago '04        #1100
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Kiffin is cracking
They have been pretty serious about telling reporters not to ask or report about injured players.


Dan Weber: indirectly asks a question regarding the status of Khaled( the reason for the muted sound)

Kiffin:
Kiffin: I don't know
Kiffin: I Gotta GO


With his recent problems with the media he should just close practices


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