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Now that’s the way to finish off a season. USC showed up, put Fresno State early and coasted to a 45-21 win in the Las Vegas Bowl. That was a far cry from last year’s Sun Bowl disaster. Considering the Trojans played for three coaches, and met four, a 10 win season and a bowl victory over a team that went 11-2 certainly isn’t bad.
New Coach Steve Sarkisian was also apparently impressed as he extended an offer to interim HC Clay Helton to join his staff and is reportedly reaching out to former interim HC Ed Orgeron to return.
What does a Bowl win mean for recruiting? Greg Biggins of tweeted that Serra quarterback Jalen Greene committed to USC on the drive home from the Vegas Bowl.
Despite multiple injuries and just four touchdown catches (two in the Vegas Bowl) I think we’ve seen the last of Marqise Lee. Safety Dion Bailey looks like a goner too.
Speaking of goners, now that Cordell Broadus has caught the first train out of Diamond Bar doesn’t it seem like Antonio “Noodles” Hull is next one out the door?
I’ve heard the rumors about Dale Ziola showing interest in the Cal job but nothing is confirmed as of yet. My first question is why? The two programs seem to be going in opposite directions. While the Conquerors were a win away from the semi finals, Cal missed the playoffs all together. And with Jim Arnold, who always had the Condors in the hunt, stepping down, it could take a few years for Cal to bounce back.
Did you know that among other players, Los Altos has “Touchdown” Tevita Sina. Lorenzo Silva, Matt Hayashi, David Tomalchoff and Daniel Valdez returning? That alone is a nice nucleus to build around. One would think Ziola would want to take that next step.
With James Heggins stepping down two years ago and Chris Williams resigning this year after leading Baldwin Park to a playoff berth, and both citing non support from the administration, you have to wonder what’s wrong with the administration? Baldwin Park went from 0-10 last year to a seven win season this year and then fell by three points to Arroyo in the first round of CIF. What else did the suits want from Williams? I don’t think Jon Gruden is ready to take the job. Or as South El Monte Coach Ibis Aguilar said last week, unless Mack Brown is coming in I’m still the coach at SEM.
Gruden might have other opportunities though soon that might be more to his liking. With the way the Detroit Lions self destructed down the stretch, you have figure Jim Schwartz is as good as gone. This seems like this an annual occurrence for the Lions. Mike Shanahan should be receiving his walking papers soon as well with the Redskins going down in flames and Rex Ryan might be ousted on Broadway.
Gruden seems like a fit for any of these positions. Unless of course he decides to take the BP job.

That’s my principle.
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News of the San Gabriel Valley since 1966.
The Peterson Principal