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BREAKING NFL NEWS: Carroll New Seahawks’ Head Coach, Manning Wins MVP

Former USC head coach Pete Carroll has agreed to become the head coach of the Seattle Seahawks.

Also, Peyton Manning won the MVP award with over 39.5 percent of the vote. Manning ran away with his 4th MVP award.

More to come…

USC’s Stafon Johnson Accepts Senior Bowl Invite

Just months after his vocal cords and larynx were crushed in a weightlifting accident, USC running back Stafon Johnson has accepted the invitation to play in the Senior Bowl, which will take place on January 30 in Mobile, Alabama. When asked about Johnson, Trojan’s head coach Pete Carroll said “This is a great opportunity for Stafon with all that he’s been through and he’s excited to play with some of the greatest players in the country.”

USC recently profiled Johnson and his determination to succeed is obvious throughout the interview.

USC’s Self-Imposed Sanctions After Mayo Scandal

After an internal investigation found that NCAA rules were violated while O.J. Mayo played for USC, the university has enacted a variety of self-imposed sanctions that include forfeiting all of their wins from the 2007-2008 season and a reduction in one scholarship for both the 2009 and 2010 seasons. Furthermore, USC will not play in any postseason games this year, including the Pac-10 Conference Championship.

The investigation was regarding Mayo’s involvement with Rodney Guillory, who became a USC booster as a result of his involvement in the recruitment of Mayo. Guillory was also accused of giving Mayo improper gifts, such as money and a television.

The sanctions only affect the USC men’s basketball team.

NCAA March Madness Updates–Day 4

Photo by taurusaficionado.

Photo by taurusaficionado.

The Big East has a chance to get four more teams into the Sweet Sixteen. Stay tuned to Sports Scoop for updates throughout the day about all of today’s action.

Game #1: 3 Syracuse def. 6 Arizona St. 78-67

–This was another dominating performance from a Big East team. The Orange had this game under their control from the time that it began.

Game #2: 4 Xavier def. 12 Wisconsin 60-49

–Xavier had their hands full with a talented Badgers team, but they were able to pull away from Wisconsin by the end of the game. The Musketeers will have a tough test against Pittsburgh in the Sweet Sixteen.

Game #3: 3 Kansas def. 11 Dayton 60-43

–Kansas dominated the Flyers throughout the game. The Jayhawks look like they are ready to contend for a championship.

Game #4: 12 Arizona def. 13 Cleveland St. 71-57

–The Vikings of Cleveland St. gave Arizona all that they could handle, but the Wildcats made their free-throws in the clutch to secure the victory. So much for a team that wasn’t suppsed to make the tournament, right?

Game #5:1 Pittsburgh def. 8 Oklahoma St. 84-76

–The image of DeJuan Blair grabbing an offensive rebound and slamming the ball through the hoop will be in the minds of the Oklahoma St. players for a long time. The Cowboys kept this one close and they had a chance to upset the number 1 seeded Panthers until that play occurred. Pitt’s games haven’t been pretty, but they have the playmakers that can get them a win in a close game.

Game #6: 2 Michigan St. def. 10 USC 74-69

–This was a hard-fought battle between two very talented teams. The 2nd ranked Spartans were able to hold on and they will next face Kansas in the Sweet 16.

Game #7: 3 Missouri def. 6 Marquette 83-79

–Missouri had a big lead in the first half, but the Golden Eagles were able to claw their way back in the second. Marquette would have had a chance to shoot for the win, had there not been a violation on the inbound, which gave Missouri the ball with just over 5 seconds remaining in the game.

Game #8: 1 Louisville def. 9 Siena 79-72

–Siena definitely showed their talent in this game, as they led the Cardinals with just over 5 minutes remaining in the game. After they gained that lead, however, Louisville took their game to another level and they, consequently, dominated the Saints from then on. Louisville had moments of greatness, but they will have to clean up their overall game if they want to beat Arizona, who have been very impressive in the first two rounds of this tournament.

NCAA MARCH MADNESS UPDATES–DAY 2

Photo by Kevan Emmott.

Photo by Kevan Emmott.

It’s day 2 of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament and Sports Scoop will have updated information about the games throughout the day. Enjoy!

Game #1: 3 Syracuse def. 14 Stephen F. Austin 59-44

–The Orange have been hot lately, as they were the runner-ups in the Big East Tournament. They proved today that they deserved the number three seed because they never allowed SFA to have a chance in this one.

Game #2: 3 Kansas def. 14 North Dakota State 84-74

–The Bison kept this game much closer than most people had expected. In the end, however, the better team prevailed.

Game #3: 8 Oklahoma St. def. 9 Tennessee 77-75

–What a game! This one was sloppy at times, but it was always close. Tennessee had a chance to win it, but they missed what would have been the game-winning three-point shot.

Game #4: 6 Marquette def. 11 Utah St. 58-57

–Utah St. gave Marquette definitely gave Marquette a scare. Marquette had a big lead early, but the Aggies started hitting threes in the second and were able to close in on the Golden Eagles. Marquette’s victory makes the Big East a perfect 4-0 in the tournament, thus far.

Game #5: 6 Arizona St def. 11 Temple 66-57

–Temple kept it close early, but the Sun Devil were too much for Temple, in the end. This is the second year in a row that Temple was eliminated in the first round.

Game #6: 1 Pittsburgh def. 16 East Tennessee State  72-62

–The Buccaneers looked like they could upset the Panthers, but Pitt was able to grind out a win against a tough East Tennessee St. team.

Game #7: 3 Missouri def. 14 Cornell 78-59

–Missouri blew the Ivy League Champs away in this matchup. Big win for the Tigers.

Game #8: 11 Dayton def. 6 West Virginia 68-60

–West Virginia is the first Big East casualty in the tournament. This game was a close one, but it was Dayton that was able to upset the Mountaineers and advance to the second round. Dayton, however, will have a tougher battle in the second round, as they will face Kansas.

Game #9: 1 Louisville def. 16 Morehead St. 74-54

–The Eagles kept it close early, but Louisville raised their game to another level and Morehead St. simply wasn’t able to keep up

Game #10: 12 Arizona def. 5 Utah 84-71

–Arizona was the sexy pick for a first round upset and the Wildcats delivered. They lead Utah from the very beginning and they never looked back.

Game #11: 10 USC def. 7 Boston College 72-55

–The Trojans proved that their Pac-10 tournament championship wasn’t a fluke, as they easily defeated Boston College. They will likely face a much tougher test in the next round, as they could face number 2 seed Michigan St.

Game #12: 4 Xavier def. 13 Portland State 77-59

–This one was a blowout by the end of the first half. Xavier thoroughly dominated the Vikings, as they showed that they are a dark horse in this tournament.

Game #13: 9 Siena def. 8 Ohio St. 74-72

–Siena prevailed in this 2OT thriller and repeated their upset performance from last year.

Game #14: 13 Cleveland St. def. 4 Wake Forest 84-69

–Cleveland St. is the Cinderella story of this tournament. This game was expected to be a blowout, but not with the Vikings coming out on top. If they don’t have a letdown in their next game, they could be a team to watch.

Game #15: 2 Michigan St. def. 15 Robert Morris 77-62

–Robert Morris kept this one much closer than the scoreline suggests. The Spartans better get their act together if they want to be mentioned in the same sentence as Louisville, UConn, or UNC.

Game #16: 12 Wisconsin def. 5 Florida St. 61-59

–This one was another OT thriller. The Seminoles led for most of the game, but the Badgers were able to perform in the clutch.

NFL Draft Deadline Passed

January 16, 2009 1 comment
Photo of Colt McCoy by Enoch Lai.

Photo of Colt McCoy by Enoch Lai.

Florida, Texas, and Oklahoma can breathe a sigh of relief, while Texas Tech and USC are feeling the pain.

Key Players that did not Enter the Draft:

1) Tim Tebow QB (Florida Gators)

2) Sam Bradford  QB (Oklahoma Sooners)

3) Colt McCoy QB (Texas Longhorns)

4) Gerald McCoy DT (Oklahoma Sooners)

5) Brandon Spikes LB (Florida Gators)

Key Players that did Enter the Draft:

1) Matthew Stafford QB (Georgia Bulldogs)

2) Michael Crabtree WR (Texas Tech Red Raiders)

3) Mark Sanchez QB (USC Trojans)

4) Percy Harvin RB (Florida Gators)

5) Graham Harrell QB (Texas Tech Red Raiders)