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COLLEGE NOTEBOOK: REPORT: QB MUSTAIN PLANS TO JOIN TROJANS.

Byline: Staff and Wire Services

Mitch Mustain, a freshman quarterback at Arkansas who obtained a release to transfer and left the team in January, is headed for USC, according to a published report.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, citing an unnamed source, said Mustain would enroll at USC during the summer semester. He has remained enrolled at Arkansas for the spring semester, but did not participate in the Razorbacks' spring workouts, concluded earlier this month.

As a transfer, Mustain would have to sit out a year at USC. Damian Williams, a teammate of Mustain's at Springdale High School who was a Razorback receiver last season, also has enrolled at USC.

Mustain was the Parade magazine Prep Player of the Year in 2005. His high school coach at Springdale, Gus Malzahn, led the unbeaten Bulldogs to a state championship that year and then was hired by Arkansas as offensive coordinator. Mustain eventually followed his coach to Arkansas.

But Malzahn took a new job as Tulsa's offensive coordinator after a 10-4 season in which Arkansas relied on its running game -- led by Heisman Trophy runnerup Darren McFadden -- and not the spread, no-huddle, pass-heavy game that Malzahn advocated. Shortly after Malzahn's departure, Mustain asked for and received permission to transfer.

Mustain completed 69 of 132 passes last season, for 894 yards and 10 touchdowns, with nine interceptions. He started eight straight games for Arkansas, and all were victories.

Tennis, anyone? The UCLA-USC men's tennis rivalry spans nearly 80 years, but not since the teams met eight times in the 1960s to decide the national champion has a match had as much significance as today's battle to determine the Pacific-10 Conference champion.

Tenth-ranked UCLA (18-3, 6-0) plays host to No. 9 USC (20-1, 6-0) at 1:30 p.m. at the Los Angeles Tennis Center, with the Bruins seeking their fourth consecutive conference title and the Trojans looking to capture their first since 2004.

USC is also looking for its first outright Pac-10 crown since 1994 and to finish conference play undefeated for the first time since 1987.

The Trojans defeated the Bruins 6-1in a nonconference match March9, but the Bruins have since won nine in a row. UCLA also boasts a 16-match home winning streak against USC since 1991.

It will also mark the final regular-season home match for UCLA seniors Philipp Gruendler, Benjamin Kohlloeffel and Chris Surapol, with a ceremony honoring the trio following the contest's completion.

Kohlloeffel, who became UCLA's all-time leader in career singles victories (120) Saturday against Cal, will try to atone for his lone loss this season after suffering a 6-4, 7-6 (2) upset to USC's Dejan Cvetkovic.

More than 100 former Bruins are scheduled to attend, according to coach Billy Nelson.

-- Erik Boal
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Date:Apr 20, 2007
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