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Hi all. My brothers and i are finally making the trip to LA for the USC game that we've been...

Hi all. My brothers and i are finally making the trip to LA for the USC game that we've been talking about since i moved to California in 2000. Can anyone give me some suggestions for places to stay near the Coliseum? Somewhere within a short cab ride or closer would be great. But i'm hoping to find a hotel the isn't too much more than $100/night. i know i can beat that by staying near LAX, but then the cab would be more expensive than renting a car. Any help is appreciated. Thanks!

ND Stadium is getting artificial turf, but NOT for football field.

ND Stadium is getting artificial turf, but NOT for football field.

* @leodelo2 Turf will replace asphalt track that surrounds field & also go into bench areas, eliminating use of tarps. Field is nat. grass.— Brian Hardin (@NDHardin) July 9, 2012

Notre Dame: A little too reliant on shooting from the perimeter. If you can defend the Fighting...

Notre Dame: A little too reliant on shooting from the perimeter. If you can defend the Fighting Irish well on the perimeter and you have someone to match up with Jack Cooley, then you have a chance. Eric Atkins is a good point guard, but he's not good enough to get shots by himself. He needs the system, he needs weak-side movement to get himself an advantage. They have trouble guarding quickness. That's why Rutgers beat them, that's why St. John's beat them. Mo Harkless had a field day penetrating against them. That can be a problem against a really good mid-major, because those teams usually have two or three guys who can go off the bounce, including the four men.

Opposition scouting report of Notre Dame, from SI.com

College football's average 2011-12 bowl rating fell to a new low in the 14-year history of the Bowl...

College football's average 2011-12 bowl rating fell to a new low in the 14-year history of the Bowl Championship Series. Viewership was down 8 percent from last year and dropped below 2007 for the lowest average rating since the controversial BCS began, according to an analysis by The Birmingham News of Nielsen Media Research data. The average rating declined for the second straight year and has dropped 37 percent since the BCS-era high of 1998, when there were 13 fewer bowls. Fewer TV viewers coincided with the average bowl attendance dipping below 51,000 for the first time since 1979.

http://www.al.com/sports/index.ssf/2012/01/college_football_average_bowl.html

Must-Read Recruiting Piece Gem: 3. DON'T TALK/LISTEN TO UNCLES. For some reason, national signing...

Must-Read Recruiting Piece Gem: 3. DON'T TALK/LISTEN TO UNCLES. For some reason, national signing day is every sketchy uncle's Randy Quaid-In-Independence-Day moment. Oh, they may only get one moment, but this day of all days is it, since for one reason or another he has the ear of a very talented recruit, and will place himself between your lips and said ear until you give him what he wants. I have no idea how this happens. Sketchy uncles acquire a power unparalleled on signing day, suddenly growing to three times their size and becoming unofficial agents for athletes who are likely smarter than the Sketchy Uncle himself. After signing day they explode and disappear forever, perhaps reappearing only for the free booze and food at the NFL Draft party for the recruit four years later.

http://www.sbnation.com/ncaa-football/2012/1/13/2702332/college-football-recruiting-2012-national-signing-day

As reported last week on BlueandGold.com, Fresno, Calif., wide receiver commit Deontay Greenberry...

As reported last week on BlueandGold.com, Fresno, Calif., wide receiver commit Deontay Greenberry confirmed with me that he was set to take an official visit to USC this weekend. Despite Greenberry telling me that his cousin, Irish cornerback commit Tee Shepard, was joining him, the early enrollee reported otherwise to me. In the end, neither pledge ended up making the trip. "I didn't go," Greenberry, a 6-3, 184-pound Washington Union High player, just told me while I was checking in to see how the trip to USC went. As long as Notre Dame stays on course to have Shepard on campus in January, the program should maintain their chances of having Greenberry join him in June.

http://notredame.247sports.com/Board/Topic/87/5988595
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