- Ivan Maisel, ESPN Senior Writer
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1.I’m sitting in for the vacationing Ted Miller on the Pac-12 blog this week. The item posted Wednesday regarding Chip Kelly’s thoughts on leadership is a reminder of why he has been successful. Kelly doesn’t do anything because that’s the way it’s always been done. Oregon, as he pointed out, has 16 captains. Oregon has relatively short and very intense practices. Oregon runs its offense at lightning speed. Kelly is an iconoclast, and that’s why he’s 22-4 as a head coach.
2.As Joe Schad pointed out Wednesday, if the NCAA denies USC’s appeal of its infraction penalties, Trojan seniors will be eligible to transfer before this season without having to sit out a year. The most prominent Trojan to take advantage of this provision last season, reserve fullback D.J. Shoemate, went to UConn. He rushed for 115 yards and a touchdown on 28 carries as a Huskies backup. But he got to go to the Fiesta Bowl, which is more than anyone at USC did after last season.
3.Auburn, if published reports are true, is in the market for a transfer quarterback. Russell Wilson, the former NC State star and minor-league player who has one year of eligibility remaining, and former Michigan starter Tate Forcier, have been flirting with the Tigers. Forcier, from San Diego, said he looked at Miami but decided not to enroll there because he wanted to be closer to home. Well, Auburn is closer to San Diego than Miami.