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This weekend’s match up between No. 6 USC and No. 25 Notre Dame always has a lot of hype to it, and it should.The game is a battle between two schools with arguably the country’s most prestigious college football histories.Each program has racked up 11 national championships, and both have had incredible players in college and in the NFL.So, despite USC’s recent dominance over the Fighting Irish, the match up continues to have a lot of hype. It might be the greatest intersectional rivalry in college football based on past glory alone.But because the game is getting so much hype this week and because of other big stories – like the return of Ronald Johnson and the match up between USC’s great passing defense going against the best passer in college football – one story is getting pushed to the side.And that one revolves around Aaron Corp.In summer, the redshirt sophomore quarterback probably circled this game as one of the biggest of the season. It’s not every day a quarterback gets a chance to lead his team to a victory in South Bend, Ind.But a lot has changed in just two months.It’s been a 2009 season filled with highs and lows for Corp. And on Monday, perhaps, Corp may have hit rock bottom.Redshirt junior quarterback Mitch Mustain took all the snaps with the second-team offense during Monday’s practice, this following a Saturday scrimmage in which Mustain received ample playing time and converted 10 of 12 passes for 141 yards and two touchdowns.Corp, on the other hand, completed only two of three passes in the scrimmage. The coaches barely gave him any playing time.The message was clear: In a season of disappointments so far, Corp was demoted yet again – this time to third string.“[Mustain] is a little bit ahead right now,” Carroll said Monday. “Mitch has just done really well. He feels way more comfortable. He’s throwing the ball consistently.”So two months ago, Corp expected to head the offense against Notre Dame this Saturday. And as of last week, Corp expected to take the field if anything happened to true freshman quarterback Matt Barkley.But now, neither of those scenarios is the case.If anything happens on Saturday to Barkley, Mustain, not Corp, will be the one marching onto the field.It’s hard to imagine that just a short time ago, Corp was on top of the football world, ready to lead USC’s offense for the 2009 season.He was slated as USC’s starting quarterback after winning the job out of spring practice. The position seemed secure, especially because Carroll had never changed his mind before about his starting quarterback after spring.But an unfortunate incident occurred on Aug. 10. During practice, a lineman rolled onto Corp’s left knee. An MRI revealed Corp suffered a small crack on the head of his left fibula, and he would be out for three weeks.That’s all the time Barkley needed to take the starting job away from Corp.But, it wasn’t long until Corp had one more chance to shine. After Barkley suffered an injury to his throwing shoulder during USC’s victory over Ohio State, Corp was once again put on center stage.It appeared that he finally had an opportunity to start a game, or did he?Despite Barkley’s injury, Carroll refused to name a starter until minutes before game time against Washington. Corp, rattled or not by the indecision of his coach, played awful in the game, as USC lost 16-13.In his chance to show the world why he deserved to start, Corp failed. He completed only 13 of 22 passes against an inferior defense, threw an interception and continually threw into heavy coverage.Was the loss entirely his fault? No, but fans needed a scapegoat. Many couldn’t believe this was the same player Carroll had picked as his starting quarterback in the spring. And many couldn’t bear the thought of Corp starting another game.Barkley returned the following week, and Corp was pushed back into his backup role.And now, he is backup to the backup.“Mitch has just elevated his play,” Carroll said. “He’s in position to get in the game a little sooner than Aaron this next time out.”Throughout Corp’s descent, he has said all the right things, such as the game is about competition and that he’s willing to help the team any way he can.But going from first to third has to be tough to swallow for anyone.“Looking back, I was given a shot, and I didn’t perform,” Corp said.At this point, who knows when the next time Corp will be able to step back on the field. It certainly looks like Barkley has the position locked up for this season and beyond. And with Mustain now ahead of Corp on the depth chart, there’s little chance for Corp to see action even during garbage time.So although there is a lot of hype about the game this weekend between USC and Notre Dame, there isn’t much hype about Aaron Corp.It’s probably not how he envisioned his trip to South Bend this summer.“Soft Hands” runs every other Thursday. To comment on this article, visit dailytrojan.com or email Jon at email@example.com.
In local action, St Michael’s are out of the FAI Junior Cup.The Tipperary Town club, who last won the trophy in 2014, drew 1-1 after extra-time with Newmarket Celtic but lost the subsequent penalty shoot-out 4-3.Ray Lonergan, who watched the 6th Round match for Tipp FM, says the Clare side had some very impressive performers. There was better news for Clonmel Celtic – they’re through to the next round after scoring a 3-2 home victory over Castleknock Celtic of Dublin.
The biggest stories from the business world of esports this week come as WESA and Paladins creator Hi-Rez announce a league, as well as Gamer Sensei securing investment and BMW getting involved with the EU LCS Finals in Paris.BMW announced as official partner for the EU LCS FinalsRiot Games has announced that German car manufacturing giant BMW is the Official Partner for this year’s EULCS Summer Finals.The deal, which was announced on Twitter, sees Riot partnering with one of the best selling brands in the world for Europe’s biggest annual League of Legends event. The 2017 Finals will be held in Paris, and will see long-time European top dogs G2 face off against a Misfits lineup who have surprised many by upsetting both the Unicorns of Love and Fnatic in a series of dominating performances.The much-anticipated final will take place on Saturday the 3rd of September, and will be preceded by Fnatic’s third place match against H2K. With both finalists having already qualified for the World Championships, and with Fnatic already set to take top seeding in the upcoming gauntlet for the third spot, the matches this weekend will have a focus on local pride – and the small matter of a $200,000 (£155,000) prize pooRead the full article here.WESA and Hi-Rez announce Paladins Premier LeagueThe inaugural season will get underway in the immediate future in the autumn of 2017 and will see the participation of all the current 10 WESA Member teams. This means the likes of EnVyUS, Fnatic, G2, mouz, Na’Vi, NiP, Renegades, SK Gaming, Splyce and Virtus.Pro will each be getting a Paladins team. The PPL will become the second professional esports competition played under WESA guidance. Importantly, it has been confirmed that non-WESA teams will be able to join the league too, though they must comply with WESA’s regulations on the league and treatment of players. As part of the launch of the league, Hi-Rez Studios has partnered with WESA to split league revenues with participating teams, and to guarantee a minimum salary to players. These measures, combined with the global reach of the 10 WESA teams, give the PPL an exciting foundation from which to grow. Read the full article here.Gamer Sensei secure $4 million in venture fundingGamer Sensei, an esports coaching service working across multiple titles has secured $4 million (£3.09m) in venture funding.The latest round of funding was led by Accomplice and Avdvancit Capital, jined by Origin Ventures CRCM Ventures and Kiwi Ventures as well as attracting investment from other new and existing investors including the likes of aXiomatic, Abstract Ventures and Subversive Capital.The Gamer Sensei portfolio of coaching services is impressive, offering a multitude of popular esports titles. It offers ten titles in total for consumers. A consumer will choose their title before being matched with a coach from a collection of experts through Gamer Sensei’s system. Players will then “meet their Sensei” and be coached to improve at whichever title they’ve chosen. Support is in place for all big titles, including the likes of League of Legends, Dota 2, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Overwatch. It also covers the likes of Starcraft II, Hearthstone and even GWENT, CD PROJEKT RED’s upcoming card game.Read the full article here.