Since jersey numbers was a big topic over the weekend, let me just update everyone that quarterback Caleb Williams has still not made a deal with wide receiver Michael Jackson to wear the No. 13.
Lincoln Riley told Williams it was his responsibility to get Jackson to relinquish the number. The season-opener is Sept. 3 so Williams has about 10 weeks to reach an agreement.
Considering Williams is making millions this season, he’s got the resources to compensate Jackson, who should hold out for the best deal.
Maybe Williams should wear No. 12. It’s only retired, which means it is completely available. So he’ll need the blessing of Charles White, of course.
No. 14 is out because freshman tailback Raleek Brown is wearing it. Nos. 15, 16 and 17 are available.
Also available is No. 23. That would be great to watch Williams play QB with that number. Of course, we all know he’ll be in 13 vs. Rice.
- USC apparently got four commitments over weekend, based on Riley’s twitter account.
- Saturday was former Lakers great George Mikan’s birthday and I like running this photo showing how popular he was that the marquee read “GEO MIKAN vs KNICKS” at Madison Square Garden in 1947. Mikan won five NBA titles with the Lakers.
Here he is honored by leading sports cartoonist Tom Paprocki in Dec. 1948, who drew more than 6,000 cartoons for the Associated Press from 1932-67.