The Peterson Principle

By Tim Peterson
February 5, 2014 • 545 views

The verbal commitment to USC by Muir’s Taeon Mason is nice but you wonder if Mason will actually end up playing for the Trojans. It’s not rare for a recruit to verbal to one school and end up at another. In fact it’s rare if they don’t switch.
Just last week Kammy Delp of Diamond Ranch decommitted from Arizona State and West Covina’s Sidney Jones flipped from Utah to Washington. That was in a week. Mason, a senior in September, has a whole year. It won’t hurt the Trojans though that former Mustang Kevon Seymour would be there to greet Mason.
Former San Dimas DC Brian Mustain, is in the running for the head coaching job at Cal. A decision is coming soon.
Reports out of Monrovia are that the Wildcats are now looking outside the program for a head coach. Assistants on staff have either turned down the position or aren’t exactly what Monrovia is looking for. A couple of prominent area names have surfaced as potential candidates.
The gig in M-Town could be looked at two ways. It’s a great position at a school that ‘s loaded with talent and primed to make a run at another CIF championship. Or it’s a job that no matter how successful you are you will never get the credit you deserve. You would be following in the footsteps of a guy that just won three titles and appeared in four championship games in six seasons.
The Monrovia faithful can be ruthless at times. Steve Garrison used to get skewered whenever he lost a game during a very successful 14 year run. Heck, even Ryan Maddox was criticized at times. No it’s not a picnic. Whoever replaces Maddox will need to have extremely thick skin. The search continues.
Norwalk running back Rashaad Penny, who had a number of D-1 offers, made his decision this week. He committed to San Diego State.
What a Super Sunday for the Trojans. Former USC Coach Pete Carroll wins a Super Bowl as the head coach of Seattle and Malcolm Smith, former Trojan linebacker, wins the MVP award with a pick six and a fumble recovery.
Great win for the Seahawks and a humbling loss for the Denver Broncos. Like it or not the legacy of Peyton Manning will be questioned. It wasn’t all his fault. The Seattle defense was suffocating – maybe the best defense since the 1985 Chicago Bears. But this was supposed to be the year Manning cemented his legacy. Maybe even the year he showed that he was the best of all time. Instead he threw two picks (one a bad throw) and the Broncos turned the ball over four times. Manning meanwhile is still stuck on one Super Bowl ring. In this game all of the questions were supposed to be answered. Instead the questions remain…like it or not.

That’s my principle.

Tim can be reached at tim@midvalleysports.com or on Twitter @tspeterson 40.

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