amir carlisle........ in Recruiting Board Posted January 16, 2011 I just don't get it. Some of these kids are just plain dumb. I understand the allure of LA and hollywood and all that stuff; but why don't you choose UCLA? I mean, USC is in a HORRIBLE position, right now. I can't believe the NCAA is allowing Kiffin to get away with continuing to pay players. That HAS to be the only way you gt a kid to still come there. That, or Kiffin is giving away free BJs. I'm truly baffled. I think you are totally underestimating the power of USC here in Los Angeles - and the west coast in general - and overestimating the impact the sanctions are having on recruits. USC is not in the horrible position some seem to think they are, and by 2012 they'll be back in the postseason. They'll take a hit on the scholarships, but the prevailing thought is it won't be the full 30. Most people think that will be cut in half. As far as Lane paying kids, that's just ridiculous. As Notre Dame fans, we are wasting our time thinking or hoping USC is going to take some dramatic step backward. They will be every bit the challenge they have been. It's up to Notre Dame ti step up to that challenge - and I truly believe we will - rather than hope USC takes a step back, which I don't see happening.