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Basketball: USC’s Johnson gets year back

For all the defections USC recently has experienced, the Trojans got some good news Thursday when the NCAA granted swingman Marcus Johnson an additional year of eligibility.

The 6-foot-6 graduate of Westchester High in Los Angeles began his college career at Connecticut. He left UConn after playing just one exhibition game at the start of the 2007-08 season, and becomes eligible next season after sitting out the Trojans’ first two games.

Johnson played in 16 games last season, averaging 3.1 points. Probably his most spectacular moment of the season came at the expense of Cal freshman Jorge Gutierrez. Johnson leaped over Gutierrez on a fastbreak and dunked, drawing a foul when his knee hit Gutierrez in the chin.

Jeff Faraudo

  • McLOVIN

    I find it odd that two of last five articles written are about USC sports. On a Cal blog? I wonder how many of the articles on the USC blog are about Cal sports. My guess is very few, if any.

  • Steve

    So what you are saying is that you wish this blog was more like USC?

    Face it, there just isn’t a whole lot of news out there in the world of marquee college sports (i.e., football and basketball). This affects Cal, which is projected to be the favorite for the Pac-10 title next year based on the fact that they lose less talent than any other front-runner, including U$C.

  • Will

    Jeff’s covering all things Pac-10 because these things affect Cal. Of course, USC happens to be in the news a lot more because it’s not everyday a coach gets busted for paying his players. Good for them though, they’ll really need these 3 points per game that Johnson gives them since the rest of their players are jumping off a sinking ship.

  • Jeff Faraudo

    Steve has the right idea, McLOVIN. I try to post items related to Pac-10 teams that I believe may be of interest to Cal fans. Recent posts involving USC are the result of the Trojans being in the news. I’m sure Cal fans are happy the Bears don’t have the NCAA snooping around and haven’t had recruits defect to other schools. As always, when there is Cal news, I will try to get it to you first. In the meantime, I post the other stuff for fans who want to keep up with what’s happening in the Pac-10.

  • wehofx

    JF, your reporting is much appreciated. Keep up the good work.

    Go Bears!