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Maybe Urban Meyer will consider moving West... or to Westwood

Text messages from press row...

December 08, 2010|Jerry Crowe

Lane Kiffin and USC wouldn't mind seeing Jim Harbaugh or Chip Kelly replace Urban Meyer at Florida.…

Nor would UCLA fans mind seeing Meyer resurface in Westwood as a successor to Rick Neuheisel, presuming that the Bruins continue to spin their wheels under Neuheisel.…

Could UCLA afford him? …

USC could, if Kiffin doesn't pan out.…

Tom Brady and Mark Sanchez are NFL quarterbacks, but at this stage in their careers they've got little else in common.…

How come Troy Polamalu, essential to the Pittsburgh Steelers' success, is never mentioned as an MVP candidate? …

Not willing to wait at least until the All-Star break, Sporting News Today has anointed Blake Griffin as the NBA's rookie of the year through the first quarter of the season.…

Its MVP pick: Dwight Howard.…

Many USC-UCLA games have been unforgettable.…

Saturday's was unbearable.…

Kiffin, after Allen Bradford emerged from Kiffin's doghouse to run wild against UCLA: "It doesn't make me look like a very smart coach for not playing him very much." …

As Ralph Lawler would say: Bingo! …

Including Matt Cassel and the Kansas City Chiefs, 15 of the NFL's 32 teams are either in first place or one game out.…

Sylvester Stallone's being elected to the International Boxing Hall of Fame would be like Gary Cooper's being enshrined at Cooperstown.…

"Rocky" wasn't a documentary.…

UCLA's loss to Montana reminds that John Wooden's final team squeaked past the Grizzlies, 67-64, in the 1975 NCAA tournament en route to the Bruins' 10th championship.…

As a headline in The Times noted the next day: "The Big Sky Almost Falls In on UCLA." …

Will Cherry, who led Sunday's upset at Pauley Pavilion, said of the Bruins, as reported in the Missoulian newspaper: "Stop after stop, layup after layup, foul after foul, it looked like they were ready to give up. There was some kind of bickering.… We could see it in their faces that they were ready to break." …

James Taylor's "Carolina in My Mind" might soon be stuck in the head of Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck, the projected top pick in the upcoming NFL draft.…

"In my mind, I'm going to Carolina." …

By the time his seven-year, $126-million contract runs out, the Washington Nationals' new cleanup hitter might be known as Jayson "Paid Far More Than He's" Werth.…

Actually, he might be already.…

Says Meadowlark Lemon of former teammate Bob Gibson, a Harlem Globetrotter for one year before launching a Hall of Fame career with the St. Louis Cardinals: "Bob could have played for any NBA team at that time. He had a good mid-range jumper, and he could be as mean as he had to be." …

Gibson, in 1968, was the last pitcher to win the National League's most valuable player award.…

Mike Bianchi of the Orlando Sentinel, explaining to USA Today why he won't cast a Heisman Trophy vote for Auburn's Cam Newton: "If Newton wins the Heisman, the trophy should be recast in honor of Cam's dad. The guy on top of the trophy shouldn't have his arm out; he should have his hand out." …

Now that the novelty has worn off, what's the appeal of sitting outside in freezing temperatures to watch hockey? …

A crowd of about 110,000 is expected for Saturday's Michigan-Michigan State game at Michigan Stadium, a sold-out event being billed as "The Big Chill at the Big House." …

Jeanie Buss and coauthor Steve Springer are scheduled to sign copies of their book "Laker Girl" on Saturday at Borders Century City and Tuesday night at the ESPN Zone downtown.…

Martina Navratilova's attempt to summit Mt. Kilimanjaro, a fundraising effort to benefit the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, can be followed at blog.laureus.com.…

One of Don Meredith's most memorable quips on "Monday Night Football" came during a blowout victory by the Oakland Raiders over the Houston Oilers, when an angry Oilers fan at the Astrodome raised a middle finger to the camera and Meredith noted, "He thinks they're No. 1 in the nation." …

RIP, Dandy Don.

jerome.crowe@latimes.com

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