USC football is in the right hands.

I’m going to get straight to the point: Lane Kiffin will win a national championship at USC in the next decade.

In a sport that’s known for prima donna wide receivers and loudmouth defenders, Lane Kiffin has emerged as one of the most polarizing figures in football.  From his clash with the infamous Al Davis, to fleeing from Tennessee amidst a riot, to HBO reporting his $4 million a year salary at USC, Lane has drawn nation-wide interest and an equally large range of emotions at every stop.  The problem for Lane is that the attention has been given for the wrong reasons.  After all, as Yahoo so bluntly stated it, Lane is a “loser coach” who boasts a career 12-21 record.  But all that is about to change.  Not only will Lane succeed at USC, but he will also prove to be worth the salary that’s allegedly on the same level as Nick Saban, Urban Meyer, Jim Tressel, Bob Stoops, and Mack Brown. Continue reading

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2010 NBA Draft Early Entrant Review: The Losers

College basketball freshmen, sophomores and juniors that declared for the NBA draft had until May 8 to withdraw their names from the draft or stay in and forfeit their remaining college eligibility.  That date has come and gone, and we now have a clear picture of who is leaving and who is returning.  I will be breaking down the list and giving what I found interesting in four categories.  The four categories are the overlooked (lesser known players that entered the draft and won’t regret it), entry losers (players that entered the draft and will regret it), returning prospects (players that are going back to school and will be looking at the first round of next year’s draft), and college kids (players that threw their name into the draft, but shouldn’t have really considered it this year.)

I have divulged the overlooked, next up are the losers.  Before I begin, I would like to clarify that I don’t necessarily think all of these players will fail professionally, but they’re all players that were either losers in the draft process and/or should’ve stayed in school for at least another year.  For example, I think Willie Warren will succeed in the NBA, but he would’ve been put with this group because he’s entering the draft with his lowest possible stock.  Here are the entry losers: Continue reading

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2010 NBA Draft Early Entrant Review: The Overlooked

College basketball freshmen, sophomores and juniors that declared for the NBA draft had until May 8 to withdraw their names from the draft or stay in and forfeit their remaining college eligibility.  That date has come and gone, and we now have a clear picture of who is leaving and who is returning.  I will be breaking down the list and giving what I found interesting in four categories.  The four categories are the overlooked (lesser known players that entered the draft and won’t regret it), entry losers (players that entered the draft and will regret it), returning prospects (players that are going back to school and will be looking at the first round of next year’s draft), and college kids (players that threw their name into the draft, but shouldn’t have really considered it this year.)

I’m going to be skipping the obvious players like John Wall, Evan Turner, etc. and instead focus on the early entrants who will fall in the mid first-mid second range.  Without further ado, here are the entry winners. Continue reading

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Can the Magic be stopped?

The Orlando Magic players look more like janitors than basketball players after sweeping their way through the first two rounds of the playoffs.  Their opponents have provided little more opposition than dirt and dust.  The Magic overcame Dwight Howard’s constant foul trouble to top the Charlotte Bobcats with stifling defense.  Then they looked even more impressive when they completely dismantled the 3-seed Atlanta Hawks, winning by an average of 25 points with no game being decided by less than 14.  This dominance led to the Magic becoming the clear favorites to win the East, even when LeBron James and his top seeded Cleveland Cavaliers were still alive.

Now the Magic face Boston, and all signs point to the team walking away with another relatively easy victory.  Orlando has the rest, youth, momentum, and, most importantly, the better team.  Jameer Nelson has been playing as well as anyone and gives Rajon Rondo a worthy adversary for the first time this postseason.  Matt Barnes has proven to be one of the better perimeter defenders in the league this year and he should be able to limit the scuffling Paul Pierce.  I’ll call the battle of the aging shooting guards about a wash and, of course, the Magic have the best post player in the league, Dwight Howard.

So where can Boston gain the advantage?  Continue reading

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