USC Afternoon Notes: Watch This Recruit On Signing Day

Is there any way four-star running back Keilan Robinson would switch from Alabama to USC on Signing Day?

If he does, it means Alabama does not want him.

  • With the Super Bowl yesterday, it’s hard to believe Clancy Pendergast was the Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator in a Super Bowl 10 years ago against the Pittsburgh Steelers. My favorite NFL story regarding Pendergast is that he was kicked off the practice field by Mike Zimmer because he couldn’t run a drill properly with the Dallas Cowboys.
  • Memo to Lynn Swann: Your men’s volleyball team is ranked No. 14 nationally between George Mason and Indiana-Purdue-Fort Wayne.

There are only 42 schools that even play Division I men’s volleyball so being No. 14 is not good.

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12 thoughts on “USC Afternoon Notes: Watch This Recruit On Signing Day

  1. Wolf you are so right about the Volleyball program . Swann acts oblivious
    to a coaching change. Recruiting is way down for top players. Previous
    head coach Ferguson had team in final four and playing for the title.

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  2. Broken Because It’s Fixed?

    by Tom Siebert , Op-Ed Contributor, February 5, 2018

    Let’s say you were given an endless “Get Out of Jail Free” card. What would you do with it? Would you commit crimes? Steal? Kill somebody? Try to rule the world? Would you settle for, say, $14 billion a year?

    That’s the luxurious position the NFL finds itself in when it comes to its court-granted right to fix the outcome of professional football games. There is no question the NFL has the legal right to fix a game. Any game, including the Super Bowl.

    So, then, the real question becomes: Does it?

    Just so we’re clear: In 2007, the New England Patriots were caught cheating, videotaping opponents’ formations and coaching signals — even with evidence destroyed by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. Turned out they’d been doing it for 10 years. A Jets fan and season-ticket holder, Carl Mayer, sued the Patriots, asking for reimbursement to all Jets fans who went to those games. He lost.

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    But why did he lose?

    If you read the brief one-paragraph explanation that ran in The New York Timeson May 19, 2010, you’d only learn that “Mayer failed to prove any legal right to damages.”

    OK, but why not? Google and Bing your way around the internet and you’ll find explanations hard to come by from any sports, business or legal reporter. But at least the court decision is online, and you can read it for yourself.

    Since you probably won’t, here’s the tl;dr: The NFL argued, and the court agreed, that people who buy tickets to an NFL game have the contractual right to a seat to watch two teams play each other, and nothing else. The court even quoted Mayer’s ticket stub, which reads: “This ticket only grants entry into the stadium and a spectator seat for the specified NFL game.” (emphasis added)

    If the Patriots cheated to win that game, well, tough. Legally extrapolate that and it means: If any NFL outcome is fixed, well, tough.

    Also in 2010, in a separate court case against the NFL over branded items like hats and shirts, the league presented itself not as 32 separate teams, but as one singular business “unit in the entertainment marketplace.”

    Throughout that case, the NFL repeatedly positioned itself legally as a “sports entertainment” business, not a genuinely contested “sport.” College football, for example, is legally classified as a “collegiate sport.” The only other “sports entertainment” businesses are professional wrestling and roller derby.

    Financials back up the NFL’s case that it operates as a single entertainment business unit. Some 75% of all revenue is shared equally among the NFL teams, far more than the NBA (roughly half) and Major League Baseball (about a third).

    Thus, with the vast majority of NFL revenue coming via television rights, it most certainly behooves all teams to provide the best possible show in the “entertainment marketplace.”

    So how’s that coming along? Well, there’s no question Super Bowl contests have become much more entertaining in the past 15 years — as these legal battles were playing out — than they were in the previous 35. To wit:

    From Super Bowl 1 to 35, nine games (25.7%) were decided by a touchdown or less. Two were decided by a field goal or less. The average win was by 16.7 points, more than two touchdowns.

    From Super Bowl 36 to 51 — or every Super Bowl since the 9/11 attacks — 10 of 16 games (62.5%) have been decided by a touchdown or less. Five were as close as a field goal or less. The average win was 8.7 points.

    FWIW, if you add in this year’s big game, half of the Super Bowls since 9/11 have featured the red-white-and-blue Patriots of New England. Two of the 35 prior did.

    Are the Patriots that good? No. We know for a fact they cheat, because they’ve been caught. But worse than that, there is too much video evidence that shows, again and again, favoritism for the most “Patriotic” of American football teams.

    So we’ve got the legal foundation. We’ve got circumstantial video evidence galore. The rest basically comes down to the NFL and Establishment sports media asking fans: “Who you gonna believe? Me or your lying eyes?”

    But if you won’t believe your lying eyes, and you won’t believe me, will you believe the thinly veiled revelations of some of the game’s players? Here are a few that have popped up in the past couple years, with links to the original sources:

    “And we all know, now that we’re grown men, that wrestling’s fake. Well, football is not played like it was when I played.” — retired Houston Oilers RB and Hall of Famer Earl Campbell

    “We’re talking about a different NFL now … before it was more about the game. Now it’s such an entertainment business. It’s turning into the WWE really. It’s like the Vince McMahon stuff. Basically, [Roger] Goodell is like Vince McMahon.” — Cleveland Browns tackle Joe Thomas

    “[The NFL is] like a spectacle of violence, for entertainment, and you’re the actors in it. You’re complicit in that: You put on the uniform. And it’s a trivial thing at its core. It’s make-believe, really. That’s the truth about it.”– former 49ers linebacker Chris Borland, who retired after a single season.

    So how was The Big Game? Were you not… entertained?

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    1. Man you really believe that screed? Look the Rams screwed themselves….they lucked out against the Saints. They did nothing in the 2nd half to offset Woods and Cooks getting double teamed throughout the game. McVay refused to use Gurley after that opening series in the first half after Gurley’s 6 yd. scamper. It was down 1 – 3 – pass pass pass and kick. The only time Goff looked credible was when the game was over deep into the 4th quarter.

      I understand the animus towards the Patriots…but that is what all successful franchises earn – NYY, DAL Cowboys, MTL Canadiens, TOR Mapleleafs, LAL, Celtics oh yeah – when they were relevant – USC Trojan and ‘the princes’ Irish football.

      As to Campbell’s quote “And we all know, now that we’re grown men, that wrestling’s fake. Well, football is not played like it was when I played.” The good old days huh? Jack Tatum? George Atkinson? Alzado? and that ass clown Romanowski who spat in the face of an opponent some years ago?

      Kind of hard to ‘rig’ things year-after-year as is the consensus of so many….the Rams sucked.

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      1. I quit watching after the 1st qtr. On that delay of game penalty against the Rams did you happen to notice that the referee was still standing over the ball with the game clock showing 5 seconds, not allowing the Rams offensive line to get set? The unnecessary roughness call on 58 of the Rams which was a phantom call? Or how about the numerous times Aaron Donald was tackled and held down on the ground which is the textbook definition of holding? Because the announcers failed to comment on or bring up blatant penalties that weren’t being called doesn’t mean they never took place.

        Or how about that clothesline on the Rams RB while the whistle had been blown on the Rams for a false start?

        Now I didn’t have a dog in the fight as far as the game went, I just tuned into to see how blatant the NFL was going to go with their biased form of entertainment.

        If you go back and watch that game keep an eye on how many times Donald is taken down and literally laid on, not allowing him to get up, it’s ridiculous.

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      2. And how hard was it for the #CorruptNCAA to rig so called evidence against Todd McNair and USC?

        USC football got sanctioned because a players family had received a benefit.

        The #CorruptNCAA views that as cheating, but minimizes the use of PED’s which directly affects play on the field by players in the SEC who have been caught using them as a mere unfraction

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  3. “Is there any way four-star running back Keilan Robinson would switch from Alabama to USC on Signing Day? If he does, it means Alabama does not want him.”

    Keilan Robinson runs a 4.34 40. Of course Bama would want him. So if he does unexpectedly sign with SC, I guess in Wolf’s eyes that there must be something wrong with him. Sheesh, isn’t this getting old?

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  4. For the record, Goff played like a scared little pussy and Gurley ran, well…like a little girly.

    All those PED’s Gurley injected into himself while playing in the SEC are beginning to take their toll on his body. I don’t see Gurley lasting but a couple more years at the most.

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