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Afternoon Musings: A USC recruit sentenced to prison

8/6/2008

Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller

The news never stops.

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.''

  • 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.

  • 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.