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Conquest Chronicles Links for 7/20/11

Here is today's offering.

Some Notes on today's links...

-- The news on Steve Dillon not qualifying isn't exactly earth shattering. Dillon has had trouble getting his grades together for a while. Could be a blessing though, why waste a scholarship on a kid that might be an academic casualty later on?

-- I got a kick out of reading the article on ND. The writer tries to make them sound like world beaters. The defense struggled all year and we had Mitch Mustain at QB with Kifin holding the reins tight........Riiiight.

-- I am loathe to link to Plaschke, but I did so because once again uncle Bill lets his bias show in trashing of Pete Carroll in order to pump up Lane Kiffin. Different coaches with different styles can we just leave it at that Bill?

-- Richard Sandomir continues to carry ESPN's water. Again, simply asked...If Bruce Feldman isn't suspended then where is he?

-- Awful Announcing counters Sandomir, ESPN et. al.

-- I'm telling you, the Hoops story by SI is going to be a real big deal if it is determined that players were steered to coaches who invested in this now deceased AAU coach. The ultimate scam...

Links after the jump.

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USC Trojans signee Dillon seeks release from school - ESPN Los Angeles
University of Southern California signee Steve Dillon failed to qualify academically this week and now seeks his release from the school, he confirmed in a text message to

Bill Plaschke: Lane Kiffin's suspension of tailback Marc Tyler shows it's a new, better day at USC -
Tyler's inappropriate comments to a website may seem like a petty offense, but the fact Kiffin took it seriously is a good sign for the program...

2011 USC opponent preview: Notre Dame - The Orange County Register
Opponent: Notre Dame When: Saturday, Oct. 22, 4:30 p.m.

What though the odds: ND beat USC despite field position | Inside the Irish
Last season's Irish victory over the Trojans will be remembered for many things -- a rain-soaked evening, Robert Hughes' power running, Ronald Johnson's dropped pass, and the Irish defense's gutsy performance.

Pac-12 football: Projections for the 2011 league race | College Hotline
Wilner on who he thinks finishes where...

Ombudsman Criticizes ESPN's Rules in Review of Feldman's Book -
The reporter Bruce Feldman's collaboration on a book with the former Texas Tech Coach Mike Leach resulted in a public dust-up.

We've Lost The Ombudsman | Awful Announcing

LSU now on NCAA clock -
We'll see how the final chapter is written when the Lyles stuff is fully exposed.

Coaches, including Lute Olson invested millions with David Salinas -
More than a dozen current and former college coaches -- including Texas Tech's Billy Gillispie, Arizona's Lute Olson, Baylor's Scott Drew and Gonzaga's Mark Few -- are believed to have lost investments most recently valued at over $7.8 million combined with the late Houston-area businessman and AAU basketball operator J. David Salinas, sources close to the matter tell