I thought that myself when I read that article that talked about a Data Scientist(tm)
I was just reading the always awesome Doc. Saturday when I saw this story from the good Doctor. Apparently Barkley is going to be the starting QB for USC rather than Aaron Corp (Source for the Doc's story).
I myself am quite surprised at this. I assumed that a true freshman just wouldn't be good enough to overcome Corp and his time working with the offense. USC is good enough that just working with their practice team is going to make you a fair bit better so I assumed that Corp was going to be the man when he was healthy. Doc. Saturday also mentioned that Barkley has been turnover prone, that's generally not something that's going to be changed in the course of fall practice.
It seems slightly risky to me and an indication that USC isn't the team that we've all gotten used to over the past several years. I'm not saying they're going to be or anything, but I do expect them to be challenged a lot more than usual in most of their games. In fact, I think it's highly possible (maybe even probable) that they won't win the Pac-10 this year.
What do ya'all make of this? I just thought that since we'd been analyzing QBs so much we might as well turn our well-trained eyes to a different battle. How do you think that will affect that USC-OSU game? Will a true freshman be able to keep his poise in a very hostile place like the Shoe?
It looks like the NCAA hasn't forgotten about USC afterall. I know it was asked a while ago if anyone knew the status of the USC investigation so, for what it's worth, according to ESPN the NCAA is going to combine the Mayo and Bush investigations into one. I highly doubt USC would be that arrogant to do these things but, then again, I am reminded of Nick Nolte in Blue Chips -- sometimes you just HAVE to get Butch McCray and Ricky Roe!
My guess is that some heads will roll but not the entire program. See Link for more info:
USC coach Pete Carroll contacted quarterback Mark Sanchez on Friday and apologized for the perception of Thursday's news conference in which he said the junior should not have gone to the NFL, the Los Angeles Daily News reported.
A lot of opinions on a previous post (Keep It Classy ....) but, I don't think anyone addressed:
So, if PC was being honest, what was PC trying to accomplish?
A) Get Sanchez to change his mind and not enter the draft.
B) Cost Sanchez millions of dollars in the NFL draft
C) Destroy the confidence of Sanchez
D) Send a message to other kids that might think about leaving early.
E) Vent his frustration about the USC offense starting an untested QB next year.
F) ----- add your own ----
How exactly did PC believe his statements would help Sanchez???????
I'm certainly not the biggest USC fan, but I really don't understand why Pete Carroll is taking Mark Sanchez's departure to the NFL as badly as it appears. Sure, Sanchez could benefit from another year of college, but the first round is the first round, so why the heck not.