Get Your Links!: July 27


Plenty of news surrounding USC today, none of which involves a lawsuit.

-Tomorrow at 2:00 PM, the second edition of “Troy Talk”, hosted by @Joey_Kaufman and @jburkesworld, will take place on twitter. Troy Talk is a massive conversation between USC fans on various topics put forth by the hosts. All posts will contain the hashtag #troytalk reported this morning that wide receiver Brandon Carswell and running back Marc Tyler will not be transferring. Both appeared at the team’s 6:30 AM workout this morning. Earlier this month, Carswell was rumored to be leaving to Cincinnati. While Tyler did not have a specific school linked to his name, it was thought he might transfer as well.

-Sophomore quarterback Matt Barkley appeared on a series of ESPN shows today. On Sportscenter, he lamented the sanctions but said, “You can’t sanction heart. You can’t sanction the will to win.” A few hours later, Barkley was on the ESPN campus for a special edition of College Football Live with fellow Pac-10 quarterbacks Jake Locker (Washington), Andrew Luck (Stanford), and Nick Foles (Arizona). When asked to throw a football at a UCLA helmet roughly twnety-five yards away, Barkley missed on his four tries. Later on in the program, ESPN analyst Chris Fowler asked all of the quarterbacks to point to which player they thought would be the best in the conference this year. The confident Barkley and Locker were the only two to point to themselves.

–USC won the 2004 AP National Title. But the Football Writers Association of America is considering stripping USC of that honor and giving it to the Auburn Tigers, who went 13-0 that year. Six years later, the Auburn Tigers might finally get the title they feel they deserved. Will they hold a championship parade if this happens?

-USC’s football media guide became available today. Lane Kiffin, with hands on hips, stands in the foreground with the Coliseum and storm clouds in the background. On the side, the numbers for USC’s national championships, bowl wins, heisman winners, All-American first teamers, and NFL players are displayed prominently.

-The new Pac-10 logo was officially unveiled in New York City this afternoon. While Reign of Troy isn’t a fan of it, give the Pac-10 credit for creating a buzz and raising the conference’s profile. The new logo and bi-coastal media days are a calculated effort to spread the message of the Pac-10 and gain some bargaining chips when commissioner Larry Scott must negotiate a new television deal. However, the logo won’t last for long, as the conference officially becomes the Pac-12 beginning in 2011.