SB Nation college football pundits Holly Anderson and Spencer Hall discuss USC's recruiting practices under the looming veil of NCAA sanctions, where some interesting gamesmanship is afoot.
Holly: So it turns out USC is just signing players willy-nilly, because the scholarship limits imposed by the NCAA don't apply during an active appeal. I don't think I've ever seen the association's investigative foot-dragging work for a school like this.
As of Jan. 24, USC had 26 reported commitments, with offers still out to several more players. Nine of the incoming recruits enrolled in January and thus can be counted toward last year's class, when the Trojans had just 14 fall enrollees (11 under the regular limit). But that still would only allow for 24 total commitments in the current class if USC were operating under the 15-scholarship limit.
Spencer: So the chances of a successful appeal are established to be not-good. Therefore, Lane Kiffin is going to perfect alchemy by turning confidence into lies. He's a scientist and a miracle worker!Holly: They'll have a solid player base if he gets away with this, but then they'll have to rebuild again after. What's the long-term point in stretching this timeline, asks an anxious fanbase? Answer: This does not matter, because when it is over, Lane Kiffin will be hired as NFL commissioner.
Spencer: I think he'll accept the head coaching job at UCLA when they fire Rick Neuheisel.
Holly: He's very good!
Spencer: He might accept both. "I'm happy to announce that the only rivalry I consider worthwhile is one with myself." Can he paint his face like a woman on one side, but keep his normal man face on the other, and then go back and forth with the same recruits?
Holly: Molière would be proud of Lane Kiffin in a lot of ways.
Spencer: "I call this side Lane, and the other is Lana."
Holly: "And we're gonna make you a stah!"