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Fact of the day: Former USC commit Taeon Mason of Pasadena Muir tweeted his commitment to Washington State on Sunday.

In The Times:

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Former USC coach Lane Kiffin will remain at Alabama

Former USC coach Lane Kiffin, who was reportedly a candidate for NFL jobs as an offensive coordinator, will remain at Alabama next season.

“We're very pleased and happy that Lane is going to be staying here at the University of Alabama with us,” Alabama Coach Nick Saban said in a statement. “He's done a fabulous job and is one of the finest offensive coaches in the country.

“He is going to have plenty of opportunities in the future and we want to continue to help him develop as a coach so when he leaves here, he'll be in a very good situation. Our offense was extremely productive last season and we look forward to building on some of the good things we did on that side of the ball with this year's team.”

Kiffin was fired by USC five games into the 2013 season.

He was hired by Saban as offensive coordinator and became a finalist for the Broyles Award, presented annually to the top assistant in college football. Kiffin helped Alabama reach a College Football Playoff semifinal, but the...

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USC Now mailbag: Recruiting, scholarships and play calling

My inbox was hardly recognizable this week. There were no questions or comments about Ed Orgeron.

Not a single one.

It's officially the end of a mailbag era -- so without further ado, time to start a new one. 

What are the rules/contingency plans for schools that receive more than 25 commitments on signing day? USC has a possibility of landing commitments from 26 or 27 players on Feb. 4, plus one blue-shirt from last year. Are they forced to withdraw offers to players who committed?

-- Stephen P Michael II

It is complicated, but there are options.

USC can blue-shirt recruits or grey-shirt them.

A blue-shirt is a non-recruited player who can be awarded a scholarship on the first day of practice, with the scholarship counting toward next year’s class (in this case, blue-shirts will count against 2016).

A non-recruited player is one who did not make an official visit or play host to coaches for an in-home visit.

Among the list of 15 verbally committed players, there are a couple who could...

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Receiver Tristan Payton decommits from USC

Jacksonville (Fla.) First Coast High receiver Tristan Payton has withdrawn his commitment to USC.

“I’ve decided to decommit from the university of Southern California thanks for all the support and love,” Payton wrote in a tweet on Friday.

Payton committed to USC in August.

Two receivers remain in the Trojans’ 2015 recruiting class.

Isaac Whitney transferred from Riverside City College and enrolled for the spring semester; Long Beach City College’s De’Quan Hampton can sign a letter of intent Feb. 4.

USC has 15 verbal commitments and can sign 19 players.

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All-American linebacker Osa Masina commits to USC

USC’s 2015 recruiting class keeps getting better.

Army All-American linebacker Osa Masina committed Friday in a ceremony at Brighton High in Salt Lake City.

Masina, 6-foot-4 and 240 pounds, chose USC over Arizona State and UCLA.

The Trojans are still in the mix for linebackers John Houston of Gardena Serra and Porter Gustin of Salem Hills, Utah.

With 12 days until recruits can sign letters of intent, USC has 16 verbal commitments and three remaining scholarships.

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USC football morning report

Fact of the day: Salt Lake City Brighton High linebacker Osa Masina will announce his college commitment Friday. Masina will choose between Arizona State, UCLA and USC.

In The Times:

-- USC recruiting update: Coach Steve Sarkisian visits Ronald Jones

-- Josh Shaw says he's been 'transparent' during NFL interviews

-- USC linebacker Uchenna Nwosu not enrolled for spring semester

-- USC recruiting update: Coaches visit Aca'Cedric Ware

-- Kenechi Udezi happy to be back at USC as assistant strength coach

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