If you get excited by preseason magazine covers, this year’s Athlon’s is pretty underwhelming as it shoehorns four Pac-12 schools into one cover. Interesting, Athlon has different covers that place Washington quarterback Jake Browning at the top and one that has Arizona quarterback Khalil Tate at the top (pictured below).
But nothing with a USC player alone at the top. Athlon has seven different SEC covers, by the way.
- Most NBA mock drafts show De’Anthony Melton as a potential late first-round pick and Chimezie Metu as a second-round pick. Good thing Metu skipped the NIT to avoid getting injured.
- USC’s incoming freshmen received their jersey numbers: Elijah Weaver is No. 3; Kevin Porter Jr. is No. 4 and J’Raan Brooks is No. 33. At least none of them are being allowed to wear a retired number like when Jordan McLaughlin was given Bill Sharman’s retired No. 11.
- USC women’s basketball received a commitment from guard Madison Campbell of Clovis West High School. She also considered Indiana.
- As Max Nikias departs, tuition will cost an all-time high $55,320 next year. That doesn’t even include room and board. An incoming freshman easily spends more than $70,000 when you include it.
- Former USC offensive tackle Zach Banner was waived by the Carolina Panthers. I’m sure he is wants to, USC will hire him for a role with its Saturday lineup.