Growing up in Pasadena, Oregon quarterback Vernon Adams Jr. imagined playing football for USC or UCLA.
He had an interlocking "SC" tattooed on his right arm, which he recently told Oregon reporters stood for Southern California — the area, not the school.
Playing for UCLA in the Rose Bowl also presented enormous appeal.
"I would have loved going to SC or UCLA," he said during a phone interview this week. "Especially UCLA. My mom literally lives five minutes walking distance from the Rose Bowl.
"That would have been awesome to play there half the season in front of Pasadena. But everything happens for a...