LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 24: Clouds over the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum turn pink in color as the sun sets during the Oregon State Beavers and USC Trojans college football game at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on October 24, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)One of the top recruits in the 2017 class has reportedly left his program.Bubba Bolden, a four-star recruit and the No. 7 overall safety in the 2017 class, is reportedly no longer on USC’s roster.The defensive back was suspended prior to the start of the 2018 season.From 247Sports:The Bubba Bolden and USC saga has seemingly come to close. The school released on Sunday night its latest notes for the upcoming Colorado matchup, which included a small update that the sophomore safety, who has been suspended indefinitely since late August for an undisclosed university matter, was no longer enrolled at USC.Bolden’s suspension caught the program by surprise as he was named the starter alongside Marvell Tell the weekend before USC’s season opener against UNLV in late August. Bolden was interviewed by the media that Wednesday about his first start and head coach Clay Helton announced that Bolden would not be available to play the very next day, citing a “personal matter” that he could not comment further on. No official reason has been given for the “university matter” but USCFootball.com has written about it in several War Room posts.Bolden was one of the most-hyped recruits in the country coming out of high school, but his USC career has ended in disappointment.USC is set to host No. 19 Colorado on Saturday.
September 22, 2019
WITH THE EYES of the world upon them, the United States and Iran will today have one of their highest-level meetings since the 1979 revolution as their foreign ministers join talks on Tehran’s suspect nuclear program.And while officials are saying that no bilateral talks are planned between US Secretary of State John Kerry and his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif, there remains the chance for a quick tete-a-tete in the corridor.Zarif will be the first Iranian foreign minister to sit down with his counterparts from the five permanent members of the UN Security — Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States — plus Germany to discuss Iran’s nuclear program.The Iranian delegation will only join part of the talks being hosted by EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton however, and no-one is keen to raise hopes of a breakthrough in the dragging negotiations.Indeed the encounter with European, Russian and Chinese foreign ministers is set to be brief.It comes after speculation that Iran’s new President Hassan Rouhani would meet or at least shake hands with President Barack Obama at the United Nations fizzled out.But diplomats say today’s meeting will give them the first chance to take the measure of the new Iranian leadership which took office in August.Charm offensiveAnd they insist it will give the Iranians the opportunity to prove there is some substance behind Rouhani’s charm offensive, and his claims that Iran is only seeking to pursue a peaceful civilian nuclear energy program.Ashton, who has led Western efforts to engage with Tehran, said this week she was “struck by the energy and determination” of Zarif.But “as you would appreciate, there is a huge amount of work to do,” she added.The international powers made a new proposal to Tehran this year, before Rouhani’s election, believed to offer some relief from international sanctions that have crippled Iran’s economy in return for a scaling back of its uranium enrichment.“There’s a sense that we never actually got a firm response or a detailed response to that,” a senior US official said.One western diplomat said however that “while we are sensitive to signals there isn’t the slightest overture, it’s the same old speech.”“We told him that there is an offer on the table, and that if you have an offer we’ll look at it carefully,” the diplomat said.“If the Iranians say they want a new round of talks as they have something serious to propose, we’ll accept. If there is the slightest opportunity we’ll take it.”For his part Zarif said on his Twitter account from New York: “We have a historic opportunity to resolve the nuclear issue,” if world powers adjust to the “new Iranian approach.”WillingnessObama and Rouhani, in almost back-to-back speeches at the United Nations on Tuesday, both stressed their willingness to try to resolve the nuclear issue. But they came at it from different perspectives.Rouhani said Iran poses “absolutely no threat to the world,” and condemned the international sanctions against his country.He reiterated Iran’s longstanding position that the international community had to accept Iran’s nuclear activity, which Western nations say hides an attempt to reach a nuclear bomb capacity.Noting that Rouhani has said Iran will “never” build a nuclear bomb, Obama said there was a basis for “a meaningful agreement.”But he stressed: “To succeed, conciliatory words will have to be matched by actions that are transparent and verifiable” on the nuclear program.“The roadblocks may prove to be too great, but I firmly believe the diplomatic path must be tested,” Obama said.And in an interview with The Washington Post, Rouhani said he hoped to reach an agreement on the nuclear program within three months, insisting he had the full backing of the country’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei to broke a deal.“The only way forward is for a timeline to be inserted into the negotiations that’s short — and wrap it up. That is a decision of my government, that short is necessary to settle the nuclear file,” he said.“If it’s three months that would be Iran’s choice, if it’s six months that’s still good. It’s a question of months not years.”- © AFP 2013Read: US to seize New York skyscraper secretly owned by IranMore: CIA (finally) admits it masterminded the 1953 coup in IranRead: New Iran PM wants “serious” nuclear talks