– Linebacker Anthony Barr, on Saturday’s game: “It’s Southern Cal. If you can’t get up for this one, you don’t belong in the locker room. Pack your bags. Go home. We don’t want you.” But how much, if it at all, would a win make up for the lost chance at a Rose Bowl berth?
– Columnist Tom Hoffarth takes a look at rivalry implications on both sides, featuring this line: “Call it the Coach O Bowl for USC, if you like. Or it’s the Oh-No-You-Don’t Bowl for UCLA.”
– After an upset of Stanford, many USC players called for the school to retain Ed Orgeron as head coach. NBC Sports’ Chris Huston, also known as the Heisman Pundit, argues against removing the “interim” tag.
– Utah quarterback Travis Wilson’s career might be over after a post-concussion exam revealed a pre-existing neurological condition.
Despite a 41-31 win over Washington, UCLA fell a spot to No. 14 in the latest Associated Press poll — switching spots with No. 13 Michigan State.
The Spartans moved up after a 41-28 win at Nebraska that clinched a share of the Big Ten Legends title.
The two teams also made the same switch in the USA Today coaches poll.
USC, still tied with the Bruins for second in the Pac-12 South, moved back into the AP poll to No. 23 after its 20-17 upset of Stanford. It was the Trojans’ first win over the now-No. 10 Cardinal since 2008.
Last week, Andy Enfield’s in-practice comments on UCLA’s “slow” play picked up steam in the national media. Naturally, it was the first question asked of him at Thursday’s Pac-12 Media Day.
He and UCLA coach Steve Alford both insisted that there was no bad blood between them, mentioning how much respect they had for one another. Alford offered similar thoughts again on Monday before the Bruins’ afternoon practice.
But when asked if he has a better grasp on the city’s rivalry, he pointed something else out.
“It’s hard to say. I know that there’s a rivalry,” Alford said. “Obviously, you’ve got two Pac-12 schools that are in the same town. You understand that. Do I understand there’s still a big difference in the basketball side of it? Yeah, I think there’s still a big difference there.” Continue reading →
Say this for Andy Enfield: he knows how to make headlines. The USC coach first came to national prominence while guiding Florida Gulf Coast to a thrilling, dunk-filled run to the Sweet Sixteen.
Now in Los Angeles, he’s trying to build up a long-struggling Trojans program while seizing attention away from UCLA — a traditional basketball power trying to find its own way under new coach Steve Alford.
According to the San Jose Mercury-News, Enfield stopped a recent USC scrimmage and told his players they weren’t executing his “Dunk City” offense the way he wanted.
“We play up-tempo basketball here,” he said. “If you want to play slow, go to UCLA.” Continue reading →