Kiffin offers 13-year-old QB scholarship


If David Sills is worried about any potential NCAA sanctions heading USC’s way, he isn’t showing it. That’s probably because the middle-schooler won’t sign his letter of intent until 2015.

USC head coach Lane Kiffin offered the 7th grade quarterback from Delaware a scholarship today and Sills accepted.

“I’m very excited, but I was very, very nervous,” Sills told the News Journal tonight. “It was very cool but my heart was beating so fast and I was scared. But after it was over, I was so excited and pumped.”

Sills has been training with California quarterback coach Steve Clarkson since he was a 10-year-old, and the 13-year-old quarterback is now a twiggish 5-foot-11 and 135 pounds. Don’t worry, Trojan fans, doctors tell Sills that once he goes through — well, you know — puberty, he could grow to 6-foot-5.

I’m trying to find positive things to say about this, but let’s get serious. What are the odds this kid ends up at USC? One in ten? One in fifty? What are the odds Lane Kiffin is coaching the Trojans in 2015? One in a hundred?

Kiffin, who made headlines offering Eric Berry’s 13-year-old brother a scholarship last year and accepting his commitment to the Vols, followed the same playbook with a kid, this time offering a kid that’s been making headlines for getting shipped across the country and spending thousands of dollars on sports to follow his father’s dreams since he was ten.

(Does anyone else feel like they need to take a shower?)

The NCAA prohibits schools from formally offering scholarships until a recruit registers with the NCAA Clearinghouse, but why would that stop Kiffin from getting his hands on a preteen?

While I’m sure USC will backpedal their way out of this one, and this is all a part of Kiffin’s grand-plan to draw publicity to a Trojan program that really needs more eyeballs on it (or to gather a few more secondary violations), but Kiffin really does his best to be a part of what’s wrong with college football. 

Starting Navy S Kwazel Bertrand undergoes surgery, likely out for season

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Navy has seen one of its most productive players on the defensive side of the ball play for perhaps the final time this season.

Kwazel Bertrand sustained a broken ankle in the win over Air Force last Saturday, head coach Ken Niumatalolo confirmed earlier this week. As a result, the defensive back will very likely miss the remainder of the 2015 season.

And, because he is a senior and has no other eligibility avenues to pursue, it would effectively end his collegiate career as well.

“I feel terrible for Kwazel. It’s really unfortunate any time a senior goes down with a season-ending injury,” Niumatalolo said. “Kwazel has been a really good player for us and we’re going to miss his presence out on the field.”

Bertrand started 27 games over the past three-plus seasons, including all four in 2015.

Unitas Award whittles watch list in half down to 15

FORT WORTH, TX - OCTOBER 03:  Trevone Boykin #2 of the TCU Horned Frogs looks for an open receiver against the Texas Longhorns in the second quarter at Amon G. Carter Stadium on October 3, 2015 in Fort Worth, Texas.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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You know how I know we’re gradually creeping up on the end of another regular season?  Watch lists are being whittled.

The first major honor to do so is the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, which is given out annually to the best quarterback who is a college senior or fourth-year junior.  The preseason watch list was 30 quarterbacks strong; the newest list has been cut in half to 15.

The most recent list includes one of the top Heisman contenders (TCU’s Trevone Boykin) and the top two nationally in passing yards (Bowling Green’s Matt Johnson, Western Kentucky’s Brandon Doughty), as well as a quarterback who’s closing in on the all-time FBS record for rushing touchdowns (Navy’s Keenan Reynolds).

The Pac-12 leads all conferences with three watch listers, followed by two each from the AAC, ACC and Big Ten.  The SEC has as many players (one, Mississippi State’s Dak Prescott) as the FCS (North Dakota State’s Carson Wentz).

Last year’s winner was Marcus Mariota of Oregon.

Trevone Boykin, TCU
Jacoby Brissett, NC State
Connor Cook, Michigan State
Brandon Doughty, WKU
Everett Golson, Florida State
Kevin Hogan, Stanford
Matt Johnson, Bowling Green
Cody Kessler, USC
Paxton Lynch, Memphis
Dak Prescott, Mississippi State
Keenan Reynolds, Navy
Nate Sudfeld, Indiana
Carson Wentz, N. Dakota State
Marquise Williams, North Carolina
Travis Wilson, Utah