Football: Lee picks USC

Marqise Lee just chose USC. The only other caps he had on the table were Oregon and Miami.

Jonathan Okanes

Jonathan Okanes is in his fourth year covering Cal's football team. Previously, he covered Cal's men's basketball team for four years. He can also be followed on Twitter at twitter.com/OkanesonCal.

  • Raf

    USC signs 31 prospects! Sanctions?? hahahahahahahhahahahahahahahhahahahahahahahhahahahahahahahhahahahahahahahhahahahahahahahhahahahahahahahhahahahahahahahhahahahahahahahhahahahahahahahhahahahahahahahhahahahahahahahha

  • milo

    Seriously, how the EF did $C sign that many players under sanctions?

    JO, perhaps you can break it down sometime. It’s just bizarre and smack of gaming the system.

  • rollonubears

    they apparently have a bunch of open scholarships from previous years, and are also not subject to the rules since they’re in the middle of an appeal, although they did take their bowl ban penalty last year. seems to me you shouldn’t be able to pick and choose what penalties you take or postpone, during your appeal. should be all or nothing.

  • The Wisdom Cow

    I would think U$C’s appeal will be denied, if only for the way they have let Kiffin run wild. Does anyone think he has not made any violations on the way to this year’s haul?

    As to Lee, only schools which paid their appearance fees got their hats shown on TV.

  • The Wisdom Cow

    Rollon, imagine, though, if the NCAA goes, U$C, you’re right. We take back the bowl ban.

  • rollonubears

    that wouldn’t surprise me. i really hope, to salvage some semblance of integrity, that the ncaa denies it.

  • Rocko

    Just remember that most of the PAC-12 schools have used up all their scholies so most of the excess players that SC recruited will be out in the cold. Reminds me of the play & movie The Producers where the producers sold more than 100% of the potential profits. USC has recruited more than they will possibly be able to register. The players not chosen will get a screwing, but then Kiffen could care less, because no one else will get them either.

  • Dan

    It’s kind of complicated, Rollon does a nice job explaining a lot of the deal w/ SC.

    To add, with graduation and defections, they had only 59 scholarships used as of 2 weeks ago, so that would leave 26 open (85 total). They can take a max of 30 in any season, so they are taking a risk here with some of the players- yes some could be left in the cold. Many schools in the SEC recriut more than they have spots open, so it isn’t like SC invented this or are the only school to have done this.

    As they are appealing, the earliest the 10 per season reduction would start would be with the 2012 class- so they are loading up big time now. The joke is all on us who rightfully, but incorrectly, thought that this would hurt SC big time and reveled in it.

    But they are working/tricking the system, so SC has the last and hardest laugh. Pretty smart on Kiffin’s part, you have to give him that. One more reason to hate Kiffin and SC.

    Ironically, it may hurt SC in 5-7 years depth-wise- AFTER this class is done. At that point, they wouldn’t have been able to fill in after this class and this phenomenal class would be all gone. Talk about delayed punishment. Kiffen will be gone by then. Some other schmuck HC at SC will have to worry about this.

    But in the short term, though they’ll be young, they be as talented as they ever have in the past decade. Kind of seems wrong, huh?

  • Bobby

    A cynic would say that Dan basically explained how Lane Kiffin will get back to the NFL: run the program into the ground and go out before the effects of the sanctions kick in about 5 years from now.

    My interpretation: for USC’s coaches and administration, the idea of a thriving football team (as soon as possible) takes priority above all else, including the kids who signed with them because Oregorn blew smoke up their —. Who’s going to get burned in the end? The kids, not the coaches and the USC administration.

    The fact that Tedford respects schollys for all four years, regardless of injury status, says a lot. Here at Cal the coaching staff and the AD care about the program, but they also treat the players with respect and honor what they say during recruiting visits.

  • milo


    I really like how JTed and Sandy Barbour have handled the football program. For the longest time it was run incompetently just to avoid conflict with the academic community and the priorities of the university. No one ever figured, why not address those issues, run a clean program…AND win. This happened under JTed and Gladstone.

    Sandy Barbour came in and solidified things and totally upped the ante, got the SAHPC and stadium under way. She realized if the football program is winning and creating revenues, then the rest of the AD and university would benefit. Hell even the hippies and slackers in Berkeley like winning football.

    Go Bears!

  • Calfan

    Actually, I’d prefer SC’s sanctions be cut in half. Better for the conference.

  • rollonubears

    i think it’s funny that they still use a fax machine for this event. i can see having one just in case, but how about emailing a pdf? maybe next year.

  • milo

    I don’t think PDFs via email are considered binding legal documents if a signature is involved.

  • Calduke

    Lane Kiffin showed what he thinks of the NCAA sanctions
    and how lame they were. He has made the NCAA look like idiots.