Afternoon Musings: A USC recruit sentenced to prison
Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller
The news never stops.
- From the LA Daily News:
USC recruit Maurice Simmons was convicted today of felony robbery, assault with a firearm and a misdemeanor charge of allowing someone to bring a gun into his car.
He could face anywhere from 3-8 years in prison and there is a less likely chance he would receive probation. Simmons was immediately placed in custody. He will appeal the verdict.
"He can write off his days at USC,'' said Michael Carney, who is Simmons' attorney. "They're not going to take him.''
- Hear that big "Phew!" coming out of Corvallis? Oregon State running back Jeremy Francis is OK. A day before it appeared he'd suffered a knee injury. And here's an update on some under-the-radar Beavers.
- Stanford scores twice on the recruiting trail, this time a running back from Texas, and then a receiver from Southern California. Get the feeling that Jim Harbaugh is on the cusp of becoming a recruiting force.
- Missed this tidbit from the LA Daily News about UCLA tight end Logan Paulsen. Merits a salute.
One noticeable change in appearance was to senior tight end and co-captain Logan Paulsen, who trimmed his Jeff Spicoli-like locks to less than shoulder length.
He wound up donating the hair to Locks of Love, a nonprofit organization that makes wigs for children who lost their have from long-term medical treatment.
"Somebody brought it up to me and I thought it was a good idea," he said. "They cut off like 10 inches and give it to you in a pony tail, and you take it home in a bag and mail it to them. I thought it was pretty cool."
- Rob Moseley reports from the Ducks practice. WR Jamere Holland still sitting out.
- Bob Condotta is in Seattle with the Huskies. Interesting tidbit on true freshman Chris Polk:
[He] was again working with the tailbacks with one knowledgeable person telling me he expects Polk to stay there. "He's the best running back they have,'' the person said, saying Polk was the most electrifying RB UW has had since Napoleon Kaufman.
Polk, who picked Washington over USC, was expected to play receiver, but this seems to indicate that he may end up ahead of sophomore RB Brandon Johnson, who finished spring practices atop the depth chart.
- UCLA safety Bret Lockett talks about his suspension for the Bruins opener against Tennessee.
- The LA Times checks in on USC's offensive line, where a sophomore center is already contradicting coach Pete Carroll.
- It's better Tardy than late (or injured) at Washington State.
- The maligned folks behind "House of Loud" -- an attempt to coin a nickname for Oregon's Autzen Stadium -- respond to their critics.
- Finally, the Bleacher Report on college football cliches.