Posted by: Lunchbox | May 24, 2007

USC-bound RB Pisses Off the Hometown

Joe McKnight

How many of you miss college football yet? Spring practices helped give me that fix that I needed in the last month or so. But now it’s back to nothing until preseason camps start up. Here’s an interesting story published in the LA Times by Chris Dufresne this week.Pardon the homerism here…We all know Pete Carroll’s got something good going on in Heritage Hall. For USC fans, it doesn’t matter how many All-Americans are lost to the NFL each year. As long as Pete is running things, it’ll be okay. As the rest of the Pac-10 and most of the country is loathe to accept, the Trojans have had top recruiting classes every year lately. This year was no different. According to the worldwide leader’s rankings, USC signed the top class (I know it’s Insider, but you get the idea) in the country this year.

Joe McKnight, of New Orleans, headlined the recruiting class. According to the story, his popularity back home took a major hit when he punched his ticket for the land of surf, celebrities, and Heismans (possibly influenced by of a shady conference call with Reggie Bush). Joe was one of the bright spots of the post-Katrina sports scene in New Orleans. The locals expected him to stay true to his roots and and play for Les Miles in Baton Rouge.

I guess he won’t be going back for Mardi Gras and Po’ Boys without a good disguise.

Welcome to Troy, Joe.

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