SOCIAL MEDIA FOR SOME, NOT ALL
Leonard Williams says that yes, he does keep up a bit with all the good things people are saying about him in the preseason college football magazines and with the watch lists and NFL prospect rankings.
And on days like Thursday when Leonard showed up on both the Outland and Nagurski award watch lists, that can take some work.
"People send them to me on twitter," he says. "That's how I know. But it doesn't matter. It doesn't really mean anything right now."
Buck Allen doesn't even get that much news. "I'm not on social media," he says, "so I don't hear any of that."
So you don't know you were listed in one magazine as one of college football's "Top 100 Impact Players"?
"I was?" Buck responds, having never heard it. Yep, you were No. 41.
"It doesn't really mean much," Buck said. "Somebody can say it's this or that and since I'm not into tweeting, I don't hear about that unless you tell me . . . all I think about right now is I just have to keep working hard."
CALLING OUT USC FANS OVER CARROLL
C'mon, ESPN, you can do better than this. But when you write the story of Pete Carroll's selection for this fall's USC Hall of Fame class with the Seattle Seahawks reporter, it maybe shouldn't be a surprise that he makes it sound like there was a wave of dissension about naming Pete.
Which of course couldn't be further from the actual truth. And there's nothing in the story to back it up, just this lede: "Some USC fans still have bitter feelings about Pete Carroll's departure." Not many. Not any who were here for Carroll's spring semester appearance on campus. Check out the video.
Or even ESPN's own poll that had 3,338 respondents who said by a 73 percent to 27 percent margin that they "were OK with Pete in the USC Hall of Fame." We'd say the numbers among just USC fans is far higher than that.
2 MORE TROJAN WATCH LISTERS
ESPN Pac-12 blogger Kyle Bonagura came up with some interesting numbers from the Bovada sports book for this Pac-12 football season that show Oregon a 6/5 favorite to win the Pac-12 over UCLA, a 4/1 pick. USC and Stanford are 5/1 each with Arizona State at 6/1 odds.
But the odds in each division change a bit. In the South, UCLA is 3/2 with USC and ASU each 2/1 choices. But here's what Bonagura found intriguing: Even though USC and ASU are the same pick to win the South, when the sports book did the odds for the national title, USC is 25/1 while ASU is 66/1. What does that tell you about history and tradition and who bettors will pluck dollars down on?
TV TIME: PAC-12 VS. SEC
We're hearing the shocking move that sent Louisianan Tim Brando, after 18 years as the SEC's major TV voice, turning his back on an SEC Network deal and moving over to Fox might be a commentary on the way things are going for the SEC Network's August debut.
The money just wasn't there for the ESPN-controlled network after it signed Brent Musburger to also pay Brando, we're hearing, whose contract hadn't been signed. And so Brando went off to Fox. And that got us to wondering whether the SEC's number of bad games, those guarantee, early- and in some cases, late-season home games against FCS visitors with absolutely no chance, is starting to come back to bite the big, bad SEC when it comes to TV attractiveness.
And so we took a quick look at the first month of the schedule in the SEC and the Pac-12. And here's what we came up with as we picked games we'd absolutely watch and those we'd absolutely not watch and then there were the ones in the middle we couldn't put in either category so we didn't include them.
The SEC had 16 games we'll watch, if we can, and 16 games there's no way in the world we'll look at. And those 16 good games will almost certainly all be on CBS, Fox, ABC or the ESPNs. So what that leaves isn't all that attractive.
Now remember, that's with 14 teams, two more than the Pac-12, which came up with 15 games we'll absolutely watch and just nine that are dogs.
Florida Atlantic at Alabama is a good example of a really bad Week 2 for the SEC which also has Houston at LSU and Lamar at Texas A&M while the Pac-12 has USC at Stanford and Michigan State at Oregon that weekend. Now there are good games that week in the SEC and bad games in the Pac-12 but you -- and the network folks trying to sell college football for big bucks -- know where this trend seems to be headed right now.
One of the coming exciting developments in sports, we're hearing, is a Google initiative with its Youtube subsidiary, to move into high school sports with a project that would allow any high school to send any sporting event it has taped to any fan anywhere who signs up to get it.
For a couple of bucks, an alum across the country, or one who just doesn't have the time to get to the game, could still watch it. And the schools could monetize sports events now that they have no way of doing otherwise. And recruiting gurus would have a whole lot more video to watch.