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Saturday, February 06, 2010

13 Year-Old Commits to USC (at least, tells them that's his school)

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Given his ability to move around, it could be that Trojans' head coach Lane Kiffin won't be at USC when this Steve Clarkson-trained prodigy makes his way to Los Angeles.

Could be that Kiffin will be on his second job after USC by then.

Wonder if Las Vegas will be running odds any time soon.

Of course, there's also the story of why schools are taking an interest in kids this young and whether it's good for the kid, the head coach, the school, the middle schools' cheerleaders, the local hotel trade (which might not benefit from room rentals to assistant coaches from major programs who otherwise would stop by to pay a visit to the phenom, his assistant pre-school teacher and the nurse at his pediatrician's office, the reassuring one who gave him all the shots when he was a kid). My view is that the big-time schools should chart marriages of big-time athletes to one another.

For example, wouldn't you want dibs on the the children of Candace Parker and Shelden Williams? Nomar Garciaparra and Mia Hamm? Wonder if anyone is doing any tracking on stuff like that? I mean, they froze Ted Williams' body in Arizona, so you would think that someone would keep a log on stuff like this.

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