USC Adds Another Special Wide Receiver

Mater Dei WR C.J. Williams commits to USC

Williams joins RB Raleek Brown and CB Domani Jackson as the third Mater Dei prospect to commit to USC’s 2022 class

Adam Grosbard (OC Register —  USC added its third Mater Dei Monarch to its 2022 recruiting class on Saturday, as receiver C.J. Williams committed to the Trojans.

A four-star prospect according to 247Sports.com’s composite rankings, Williams announced his pledge to USC during the All-American Game broadcast on NBC, shortly after catching a first-quarter touchdown.

He joins Mater Dei running back Raleek Brown and cornerback Domani Jackson in USC’s 2022 recruiting class. All three committed to USC following the hiring of new head coach Lincoln Riley.

“The addition of Lincoln Riley, one of the best coaches in college football and an offensive genius, how could you pass that up as a wide receiver?” Williams said on NBC.

The 6-foot-2, 193-pound Williams is the sixth-rated in-state prospect in the 2022 class. He was formerly committed to Notre Dame, but opened his recruitment last month following an official visit to USC. He chose the Trojans over other finalist UCLA.

As a senior, Williams caught 51 passes for 830 yards and 12 touchdowns as he helped the Monarchs to a national title.

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HOF19
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January 10, 2022 8:54 pm

Stetson Bennett (Georgia QB) gonna remember this night all his life …….Congrats Georgia……..This season is over AND (This is just me maybe ) But I am Looking Forward to next season …….FIGHT ON !!!!!

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January 10, 2022 7:58 pm

This is becoming such an amazing turnaround in both coaching staff and players, no one knows how far LR will take this even in just his first season.

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January 10, 2022 9:43 pm
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I have faith in LR’s plan/vision for Trojan football. Until we have OL’s and DL’s to compete with teams like tonight’s, doubt we will play in a second week in Jan.
Look forward to when that time returns

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January 10, 2022 5:56 pm
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JT must have an injury or Kirby is so dam stubborn he won’t switch off Bennett. A QB who manages a game is not going to beat AL. Bennett is OK, he is not a difference maker. Bryce Young can win a game for you. Bennett can’t. I hope I am wrong because I would like to see GA win.

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January 10, 2022 1:14 pm

GH ended up at WVa. The head coach had acted as both the OC and the HC (much like LR at SC). HC decided he wanted help, so he hired two OCs. So, GH will now work for a HC whose has the capacity to manage him. He is also working with another OC. The way I read it, the WV HC wanted one assistant to run the passing game and another to head up the run game. I do wish GH the best. He has landed well on another P5 team where he will be given the structure and… Read more »

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January 10, 2022 12:54 pm

Trigg in portal as well. Hard to believe LR would have initiated that.

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January 10, 2022 1:08 pm
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LR cutting deep, wide and ruthlessly. I think that’s exactly what’s needed. How many times in the past has the team tried soft reboots, coddling upperclassmen, promising this and that, only to utterly fail on the field. For LR, now is the time to do it before he establishes any meaningful relationships with the players already here. The longer you wait only makes it harder to cut loose players or tell them the straight truth. I’m sure there are lots of good and likeable kids on the team, but if they don’t fit LR’s mold, the sooner (no pun intended)… Read more »

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January 10, 2022 11:51 am

Anyone out there, if a player enters the portal does the team have to take them back if the player doesn’t get picked up?

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January 10, 2022 12:01 pm
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LR is filling spots pretty quickly as they leave so it doesn’t seem like they will be welcomed back.

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January 10, 2022 12:13 pm
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Update Rule Change: If a student puts his/her name in the transfer portal they risk losing their scholarship with their current school. I found an NCAA document that outlines the rules. I will see if can post it for everyone to see.

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January 10, 2022 1:03 pm
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Allen, Right now sure looks like Williams and his WR are coming next year. Along with the MD frosh WR and the UW WR coming, the existing WRs will need to step up drastically to see PT. My guess is we are going to see both OL and WR transfer in. Based in Michigan State getting 25 transfers this year, I think the rule is you get those who transferred out plus 7. If I have it right, there is a ton of room for transfers in.

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January 10, 2022 2:20 pm
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SC had 96 scholarship players this year due Covid exemptions. They will have to get down to 85 for ’22.

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January 10, 2022 12:58 pm
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John, I thought the rule was that once a player enters the portal, the school can then terminate his scholarship at the end of that semester. Do I have it wrong?

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January 10, 2022 3:54 pm
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Update Rule Change: If a student puts his/her name in the transfer portal they risk losing their scholarship with their current school. I found an NCAA document that outlines the rules. I will see if can post it for everyone to see.

Click Here for NCAA Document on New Portal Rules.

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January 10, 2022 11:29 am

Jaxon Dart enters the Portal? If so, LR is really clearing the house for his type of athletes. Maybe Dart has been told he should consider looking elsewhere as Caleb Williams is coming and will be the man? We will no doubt be seeing a dual threat QB under Riley?

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January 10, 2022 1:06 pm
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Allen, You are suffering Helton PTSD. SC is not the better more successful program. I see Dart taking the money and going to the SEC. He is probably a great fit for Auburn or Ole Miss. And, they will pay at least $1 Million for his services. With Williams at SC, Dart would not have played and got paid zero. And, yes, it is a very smart move by Dart (and I would be shocked if he was not told Caleb is coming).

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January 10, 2022 11:46 am
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With Caleb and Mario Williams this means the starting QB and top receiver already know LR’s offense, playbook, play calls and all the jargon that goes with that. No learning curve!

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January 10, 2022 11:20 am

USC is now #5 in the new AP basketball poll.
Here is the top 5: Baylor, Gonzaga, UCLA, Auburn and USC

While I am excited about the recognition I do believe it is a little premature but I would be happy if they prove me wrong. I see us somewhere around #10-#15 based on quality of competition.
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January 10, 2022 12:46 pm
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I think this is a great assessment, mostly because I’ve been saying the same thing. IF Boogie returns to early-season scoring form and other trends continue ( Free throws continue to improve, White heals up and heats up like he showed glimpses of against Cal) and the team peaks at tournament time, I’ll change my story. After watching Duke versus Gonzaga, I saw how much room for growth the team has. I’m looking forward to this team running on all 10 cylinders at the same time. All I want for Christmas is a Final Four banner! What exciting, interesting times… Read more »

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January 10, 2022 10:44 am

Not a day goes by without some big news. Looks like Caleb Williams is in and Dart us out. Wonder if Moss is right behind him?

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January 10, 2022 10:47 am
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I think Moss hangs around. He moves into #2 spot and is only an injury away from being the starter. Question is whether he sticks around when the 5 Star comes on board in 2023.

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January 10, 2022 11:04 am
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According to Twitter, both the Williams’s players were at the Rams game and a Lakers game yesterday. Few cities can court athletes with that kind of experience.

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January 10, 2022 2:45 pm

Well Norman certainly can’t

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January 10, 2022 11:31 am
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With both Williams’ coming that leaves 2 portal spots left. I hope they are filled by quality O Linemen for Caleb’s sake.

With commit CJ Williams, this is becoming the “Williams Offense”.

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January 10, 2022 11:42 am
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This also means with Dart out, 6 total scholarships left for 2022

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January 10, 2022 11:02 am
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Cowherd just mentioned this too.

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January 10, 2022 10:31 am

Per 247 Sports Jaxson Dart has entered the portal. Things remain interesting at USC.

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January 10, 2022 11:22 am
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Jaxson Dart looked amazing in first game for the Trojans but after his injury he looked very pedestrian. I have to think that he is looking for someplace with a better offensive line. I think he is another QB casualty of the Helton football culture. I wish him well.

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January 9, 2022 9:25 pm

Raiders! My guys are in the playoffs.

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January 10, 2022 7:49 am
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Crazy afternoon and evening of football with both 49ers and Raiders playing their way in to the playoffs in OT.

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January 10, 2022 10:14 am
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Chris, That was the greatest pro game I have ever seen! Herbert’s play on that last drive in regulation was unbelievable. His throw to Mike Williams as time ran out was one of the best I have ever seen – it was a 30 yard fast ball thrown on a rope about 2 feet from the ground that could not have been 6 inches to the right or left or up or down. Williams was double covered; if it had been thrown higher, it would have been knocked down; if it were thrown a tad to the right or left… Read more »

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January 9, 2022 5:34 pm

The Rams are killing me! When you blow a 17-0 lead, and allow the Niners to go 88 yards in the final 2 minutes with no timeouts, to tie, it is truly Chargeresque! They truly are the Niners B——!

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January 9, 2022 7:20 pm
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Yeah, Stafford is Goff 2.0, IMO. Just a hair better. If the Rams can’t run the ball effectively and play better defense, they aren’t going to go far, maybe a game or two, in the playoffs. I did see Nightmare Alley. Good cast with some really good performances, and it looked good cinematically, but not a great movie

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January 9, 2022 4:42 pm

49ers 27 Rams 24 in overtime!!!

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January 9, 2022 2:34 pm

There are strong rumors that the OU QB and stud WR is meeting with Lincoln and seriously considering SC. Apparently they are a package deal.

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January 9, 2022 6:15 pm
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Wonder if LR hosted them in a lux box at the Rams game today in clandestine fashion.

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January 9, 2022 10:59 pm

It has been confirmed the WR Mario Williams is in LA meeting with Lincoln.

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January 9, 2022 10:55 am

Amon-ra St Brown sure was a steal for the Lions in the Fourth round. He’s already playing at a Pro Bowl level. He and Pittman are sure representing SC well

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January 9, 2022 12:50 pm

He was pro ready from day one at USC. I think CJ is cut from the same clothe.

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January 8, 2022 4:55 pm
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My condolences to FAU

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January 8, 2022 6:42 pm
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In two years he will be looking for DC job #8. Perhaps he just needs to coach linebackers and leave the defensive genius stuff to others. I call him Two Year Todd.

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January 8, 2022 6:46 pm
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We have hook up Two Year Todd with Seven Win Sark! 😃
Call them Never Win Nine!

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January 8, 2022 2:42 pm

Just a thought. The 2020 OL coach takes a OL job at a Power 5 school (WSU) and the RB coach gets a job at high level non-Power 5 team (Houston), yet the OC goes unhired. Boy, did GH ever mess up his career by joining the Cat and taking a job for which he was not ready.

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January 8, 2022 5:30 pm
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Young genius or not, when your offense is so reliant of the passing game, you still have to have the athletes to pull it off. GH never had an OL he could rely on to give his QB time to find the open receiver on any given play. But still, GH never created plays rolling out the QB to escape defenses constantly overpowering the OL or quick swing passes to RBs. After Darnold, CH couldn’t or wouldn’t try recruiting QBs who had scrambling ability. Keep making the same mistakes but expecting different results.

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January 9, 2022 7:09 am
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Jamaica, Good morning from Frisco, TX. While it is totally irrelevant, I thought that GH simply failed to understand the importance of the OL. Please remember, his first year, he had three (counting London) starting NFL WRs and TWO NFL first round OL. My guess is the reason Slovis did so well that year is because of overwhelming talent on O. So, he had talent on the OL, but squandered it. He had an awful OL coach in Drevno (notice in two years, Drevno has been unable to get a job as an OL coach anywhere – he is an… Read more »

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January 9, 2022 8:48 am
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Bad writing by me. Everyone knows the OL is important to an O. I think that when GH arrived, he had a specific view of how to run an offense that was extremely flawed. It emphasized simplicity and repetition based around the passing game and with a very simple run game (based around 4 plays). So, for GH, the OL had to learn to pass block and then to execute 4 run plays. The problem was he had an OL coach who simply did not understand or was able to teach the OL techniques needed for GH’s view of the… Read more »

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January 9, 2022 9:18 am
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The Cat couldn’t attract quality coaches because he is an average coach himself. The Cat couldn’t recruit top tier OL because he ran a soft program. Good O Linemen know what it takes to be good, hard work, and that requires discipline and accountability. With no OL GH is stuck running 7 on 7 offense. If he gets a chance to work with a tough discipline minded HC he may do well. 5 years from now he will have “former USC OC” on his resume which will look great to any AD with a short memory.

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January 8, 2022 6:45 pm
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If it was offered, the best career move GH could have made was NOT go with CH to GSU.

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January 9, 2022 10:24 am
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I feel Harrell will sit out a year on SC’s dime rather than take a G5 position which would downgrade his creds….he’s flopped in the P5.
maybe he needs Sexton as an agent.

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January 8, 2022 2:03 pm

Thanks for the great blog, Allen. I haven’t followed the SC forums, news and recruiting for some time while dealing with life and startups. 2 quick questions for you, if you are willing and able:
1) I see SC mentioned in recruit choices in the All American bowl, as noted in your article. Was SC being a contender for these players a lot more rare the last few years?
2) Is there some incarnation of Superprep today, and if so, what is it called.?

Thanks and thanks for bloggiging these exciting times for SC.

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January 8, 2022 2:17 pm
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Welcome to the Blog!

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January 8, 2022 3:02 pm
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Thank you!

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January 8, 2022 3:08 pm
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Thanks for the reply. I thought you might have gone digital and sold to one of the online companies. Keep up the great work. Fun times are here again!🤞✌️

And just for trivial fun, Rockazar was a horse trotted out at SC games before Traveler became the mascot.

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January 8, 2022 3:19 pm
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Yes! Scout is what I was looking for.

I read about the mascot on some history page, maybe off some iteration of the official site’s history page I read about 20 years ago as a student. I really like that stuff and think the history and color from past years is a valuable unused asset. I mean what good is a storied program if the only part of the stories we use are in stats? That’s a project for the future.

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January 8, 2022 4:20 pm
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Those scrapbooks sound amazing!

One last question for you today, please. Is Helton the The Cat because he has 9 lives? Ha! I’ve seen him called Gomer [Pyle] elsewhere.

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January 8, 2022 2:58 pm
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Hey Rockazar, check out 247 sports. They have recruiting covered soup to nuts.

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January 8, 2022 3:03 pm
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I was just looking at doing that. I used to post there in the late 90s and early 2000s.

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January 8, 2022 3:19 pm
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I always felt Rivals the better site in the 90’s over Scout (even though our fan page on Scout.com “SCPlaybook” the best and we all had fun 🙂
Still look at Rivals a lot too in addition to 247.
Allen’s blog here still the best for USC

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January 8, 2022 3:34 pm
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Thanks Allen long time reader finally signed up 😊✌🏼

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January 8, 2022 3:41 pm
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Beyond! LoL ✌🏼

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January 9, 2022 7:54 am
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I was that guy too for longer than I should have been. This is the only forum/blog/social-media site of any sort that I post to. Lots of smart insightful folks here, and if you take the collective pulse on any particular thread, you will have a very accurate assessment of the state of Trojan nation. Looking forward to your contributions too.

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January 8, 2022 4:25 pm
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Welcome to the Blog.

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January 8, 2022 4:26 pm
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I was on several, including the ones you mentioned, Wild West and TFO (Trojan Football Online.) Each one has it’s own cast of characters and flavor. I kinda miss the more wild free-for-all it was back then. But things seem pretty good today, also.

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January 9, 2022 7:57 am
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Welcome Rockazar. I freely admit that the TDB is the first news site I hit with my first cup of pick-me-up every morning. If I had to go without one of the two, I’m not sure which it would be.

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January 10, 2022 9:35 am

Thanks for the welcome! I’ve added TDB to my routine as well. I have returned to visiting fighton.com, the USC links page, and get to my favorite sites. I wished I had clicked here years ago.

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January 9, 2022 9:48 pm
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I don’t get it. Sark must be a hypnotist. It’s not even clear he will still be at Texas in 2 years!