8. Will we see any press conference gimmicks?
The build-up, the bright lights, and the media deluge that accompany National Signing Day can sometimes cause recruits to do strange things.
In 2008, Kevin Hart, an offensive lineman at Fernley (Nev.)
, announced he was committing to California, and that he chose the Bears primarily because Jeff Tedford recruited him personally. Days later, he admitted that he fabricated the whole process, and never received any scholarship offers.
There have been hat switches, jersey selections, Skype phone calls, and highly publicized delays, such as when Terrelle Pryor, with numerous media personnel on campus, decided to postpone his decision in 2008.
Our money is on at least one memorable commitment ceremony on Feb. 2.7. Will USC win its appeal?
When the NCAA announced its sanctions against USC, it seemed like a powerful blow to the Trojans' football empire. In addition to a two-year bowl ban, the NCAA also issued a 30-scholarship reduction over the course of three years.
USC appealed the punishment, with a primary focus on retrieving those lost scholarships. Representatives from the school are expected to meet with NCAA Infractions Appeals Committee on Saturday to plead their case.
The decision will likely come after National Signing Day, which means USC will not have any official word on whether or not their scholarship reductions will be eased.
This will have ramifications for USC well beyond 2011 and is something that Trojans fans, as well as the rest of the Pac-10, is monitoring carefully. It has done nothing to slow USC thus far, as the team's 2011 class is currently ranked No. 7 and its 2012 class is already shaping up to be one of the nation's best.Continue reading