Making the morning rounds.
• Don’t you remember? That bridge burned. Just in case any of them were still hanging on to some shred of hope, the L.A. Daily News’ Scott Wolf disabused USC fans Tuesday of the notion that former über recruit Bryce Brown might follow coach Lane Kiffin from Tennessee to Southern Cal, citing an anonymous source who would be "shocked" if UT overcame the "frayed relations" over Kiffin’s departure long enough to sign any transfer papers on his behalf. Brown remains more likely to follow his brother, Arthur, home to Kansas State, and anyway, the Trojans have plenty of new five-star toys in the backfield already.
In the meantime, Kiffin’s first day was about tightening the clamps on the Trojans’ notoriously freewheeling practices, for star players and certain onlookers alike. [L.A. Daily News, Orange County Register]
• Just helping out. Suspended Oregon quarterback Jeremiah Masoli was the first player on the field Tuesday for the Ducks’ first day of spring practice, though he spent as much time rotating in at slot receiver as he did taking snaps, catching a few, dropping a few and seeming to have a good time of it for a guy who already knows he won’t see the field in the fall. The race to replace Masoli at quarterback began with senior Nate Costa taking reps with the first-team offense, but sophomore Darron Thomas had his turn with the starters, too. [The Oregonian]
• Early bird get that worm. Sixteen-year-old cornerback Lonnie Ballentine will skip his senior year of high school to play for hometown Memphis, with whom he signed a letter of intent on Tuesday. Ballentine had planned to return to Southwind High and graduate in December, but he has the credits to leave early and allowed new coach Larry Porter to talk him into joining the Tigers despite the overtures of a handful of SEC suitors, including Tennessee and Alabama. [Memphis Commercial-Appeal]
• Try, try again. Nate "Yes That Montana" Montana has apparently installed himself as Notre Dame’s No. 2 quarterback behind unquestioned starter Dayne Crist, an otherwise unremarkable headline until you read further: Montana, apparently feeling the weight of his famous last name, gave up football to focus basketball in high school, returned to the field serve as the third-string QB for a veer option team as a senior and was such an afterthought as a no-star walk-on under former Irish coach Charlie Weis that he decided to leave ND for a junior college. Back in South Bend this spring, he’s the only player in camp so far who’s compelled Kelly to break with his prohibition on the notion of a depth chart. [South Bend Tribune]
Quickly … Tommy Tuberville on social networking in recruiting. … Scouts weren’t exactly blown away by former Oklahoma State receiver Dez Bryant’s personal workout in Stillwater, but he likely won’t fall out of the top half of the first round. … Giving his new defensive coordinator a wide berth, Mark Richt is spending more time with Georgia’s quarterbacks this spring instead. … And at least we know who the NCAA should not hire to replace late president Myles Brand.