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Nothing, not even NCAA sanctions, can stop Lane Kiffin from racking up on signing day.

The Southern California coach landed one of the highest-rated classes in the nation, despite the fact that his program couldn’t play in a bowl game last season and won’t be eligible for the postseason in 2011.

The sanctions also stripped USC of 30 scholarships, 10 per season, over three years, but because the Trojans are appealing the penalties handed down by the NCAA for violations involving former star Reggie Bush, they had a full complement of scholarships to work with this year.

“You probably couldn’t point to a staff in the United State that deserves more credit than USC’s,” Wallace said.

Kiffin, who was one of Pete Carroll’s top recruiters when he was an assistant at USC, went about trying to replenish a roster that was well under the 85-scholarship limit last season by signing a class this year that was expected to surpass 30 players. Some of them are early enrollees who will count toward last year’s class.

“They had to load up now because the future is uncertain,” Wallace said.

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PUTTING D IN THE DOME

Notre Dame needs to restock a defense that has been short on playmakers in recent years and that’s just what coach Brian Kelly tried to do with the first Fighting Irish recruiting class he can truly call his own.

The jewels of Kelly’s class, which received a top-15 grade from the experts, were defensive lineman Stephon Tuitt of Monroe Ga., and linebacker Ishaq Williams of New York.

“You can’t fake it on defense. You can fake it a little bit on offense. But defensively, you know, you gotta win the one-on-one matchups. You’ve got to win those matchups,” Kelly said.

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SO HOW DO YOU LIKE THE OFFICE?

Former Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez, a guest analyst on CBS College Sports for its signing day show, helped interview new Wolverines coach Brady Hoke.

Awkward? Well, maybe a little.

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