- Cyler Miles makes this list of potential Pac-12 “breakout” players for 2014.
- The Huskies, having lost Bishop Sankey and Keith Price, most notably, are returning just 34 percent of their offensive production, among the lowest figures of any team in the nation.
- Four years later, USC’s probation (stemming from the Reggie Bush case) has come to an end. The L.A. Times had a solid package of stories on this “sad chapter in Trojans history.” From The Times’ Chris Dufresne:
The NCAA, it can be said now, made a mockery of the mess. Justice was not blind in the USC case — it had eagle-eye vision.
The infractions committee recklessly conflated USC football’s defiance, arrogance and lack of contrition into punishment points.
USC was saddled with a four-year probation that included a two-year bowl ban and the loss of 30 scholarships.
The NCAA claimed it was raising the bar in its sanctions standards but then immediately lowered it for Ohio State, Oregon and Miami. Those schools subsequently committed similarly serious violations, yet received a combined 20 scholarship losses.
The NCAA overreached in thinking it would never see anything worse than USC — boy was it wrong.
- In the Ed O’Bannon vs. NCAA case, more talk today of finances. One witness for the plaintiff has data showing $1.3 billion surplus for football at BCS schools for 2012-13.
- Congrats to UW pitcher Jeff Brigham, a fourth-round pick of the Dodgers last week:
That moment when you get to go out on the street and play catch with your dad after signing with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
— Jeff Brigham (@Jbrigs34) June 13, 2014
— Jim Callis (@jimcallisMLB) June 13, 2014