When Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott said Wednesday, “I looked around the room in our football coaches’ meeting and I felt very good,” was he ever looking at Clay Helton?
He could have been looking at the Washington coaches (Chris Petersen, Mike Leach), David Shaw (Stanford) or Kyle Whittingham (Utah).
After that, who else? Did Justin Wilcox (Cal) inspire confidence? Chip Kelly (UCLA) still has some gravitas despite winning three games last season but he isn’t exactly riding high. Kevin Sumlin (Arizona) had a subpar season. Herm Edwards (Arizona State) went 7-6. Mario Cristobal (Oregon) went 9-4 but didn’t beat any good teams other than Washington.
All I know for certain is Scott could not have been looking at Helton.
- During Wednesday’s trial on college basketball corruption, middleman Christian Dawkins testified undercover FBI agent Jill Bailey gave him money to give to David Elliott, the uncle of former USC player De’Anthony Melton.
But Dawkins said he never gave Elliott the money.
“I deposited the money,” Dawkins said.
Was this the only instance involving Melton? If so, that’s a heckuva way to suspend him for an entire season.
- The Chinese family that paid Rick Singer $6.5 million to get their daughter into Stanford is believed to have met Singer through Michael Wu, a financial advisor for the Pasadena branch of Morgan Stanley.
Morgan Stanley said it fired Wu after he refused to cooperate with an internal investigation.