Talking broadcasters, hair products and "Baby Jordan"...
- Clay Matthews and Troy Polamalu are headed for an all-hair collision at Super Bowl XLV, but their locks have made them both winners off the field as well. While Polamalu already has a lucrative endorsement deal with Head & Shoulders, Matthews recently signed with Suave shampoo.
- Harold Miner will be inducted into the Pac-10 Hall of Honor this year. "Baby Jordan" was the 1992 Sports Illustrated College Basketball Player of the Year and Pac-10 Player of the Year.
- With National Signing Day coming up, ESPN (*must have an Insider account to read*) checked in with the last 25 #1 overall prep football recruits, including USC QB Matt Barkley and former Trojan RB Joe McKnight. McKnight had a hilarious quote to ESPN: "Huh? I thought I was No. 2, behind Jimmy Clausen. Wow, I always thought of myself as No. 2, and that bothered me coming out of high school. I'm so excited right now. You made my day. I can't wait to read this."
- USC and Ohio State were ranked as the top two college football programs of the previous decade, according to a professor's formula.
- Former Trojans Louis Zamperini and Bill Sharman were honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Southern California Broadcasters Association at their annual awards banquet. John Jackson was named the year's best prep sports broadcaster. Pete Arbogast was one of three finalists for the play-by-play announcer, but it was awarded to Vin Scully (again...). Full release:
- Mick Haley has brought back Katie Olsovsky as the Director of Operations for the women's volleyball program. Olsovsky was a 2nd team All-American for Haley in 2001 and played on the 2002 national championship winning squad.
- The two hottest teams right now at Troy are #1 men's volleyball, which has lost just one set this season, and #2 men's tennis, which beat #27 Florida State 6-1 yesterday at Marks Stadium.
- The USC men's basketball team plays at Arizona State tonight. Baxter Holmes has the preview.