Today On Rocky Top: USC Apologizes For Calling Jalen Hurd “Soft”


Apr 13, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; General view of the Southern California Trojans spring game as quarterback Max Browne (4) takes the snap on the USC logo at midfield at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

From CBS Sports

"USC issued an apology on Monday after learning that an Instagram video from National Signing Day included criticisms of a current Tennessee freshman.The video, which has since been removed, was part of a signing day tracker. As Lamont Simmons was added to the Trojans’ board, a USC coach or staffer can be heard off-camera describing five-star running back Jalen Hurd as “so soft and terrible.”"


"Performed at heights of up to 33 feet, diving is a sport that requires a high level of focus.It’s high risk, high reward.“I like adrenaline,” said Vols redshirt sophomore Mauricio Robles. “That feeling when you’re falling in the air. You feel like you’re flying.”Robles is from Monterrey, Mexico. He had success at the international level as a youth. UT Coach Dave Parrington signed him sight unseen.“I followed the results and he won all three boards,” said Parrington. “So I called my friend Manuel, and I said, we want him.”Parrington’s gamble paid off. Mauricio, who spoke no English when he arrived, won the SEC championship in platform diving his freshman year."

From The Tennessean

"Tennessee made sure to get the ball in Jarnell Stokes’ hands more often Tuesday night.Stokes responded by scoring 20 points and pulling down 11 rebounds in one of his more dominant performances as Tennesseetrounced Georgia 67-48 to snap the Bulldogs’ four-game winning streak.He added three blocked shots, three assists and a steal.“Stokes just had a monster game,” Georgia coach Mark Fox said. “We tried a number of different things, sent different people at him and, boy, he really overpowered us.”Stokes went 6-of-7 for 13 points Saturday in a 75-70 loss at Missouri, but the 6-foot-8 forward didn’t shoot in the last 17½ minutes of that game."