Penn State 63, USC 61

How lucky is Andy Enfield that no one cares about USC basketball? Especially after yesterday’s loss at the Rose Bowl. Katin Reinhardt and Jordan McLaughlin were a combined 8 for 27 on field goals and the Trojans are now 2-3.

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USC Morning Buzz: What Is Going In Second Half Of Games?

Here’s my story on how USC coach Steve Sarkisian’s Crosstown Rivalry debut was a flop. I’m not sure I’ve seen a more listless performance for the Trojans in this game since 1986, when UCLA won, 45-25 at the Rose Bowl.

I’m still taken aback by how poorly USC came out in the second half. I don’t know whether getting the team emotionally prepared or the way USC seems to get outplayed in the second half is the bigger coaching concern.  It started back at Boston College and was totally apparent against Cal.

But the surrender in the second half at the Rose Bowl was unforgiveable.

 

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A Tale Of Two Quotes

SARKISIAN.MORA.2014“We’re not dead. We lost a football game.”

– USC coach Steve Sarkisian after tonight’s game

Some people think football is a matter of life and death. I assure you, it’s much more serious than that.”

– Legendary Liverpool coach Bill Shankly

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Discuss The Debacle

Is anyone going to be held accountable for this? I doubt it.

Where was the leadership? The adjustments? The inspiration? Were Washington fans right to nickname Steve Sarkisian “Seven-win Sark.”

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USC-UCLA Live Chat

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USC Morning Buzz: Game Day Is Here At Rose Bowl!

The Crosstown Rivalry’s arrived and for USC it is quite simple: Stop Brett Hundley and the Trojans should win the game. Here’s my game preview

Excerpt: “Say what you want about UCLA coach Jim Mora’s impact on the crosstown rivalry the past two years, but Hundley has been key in each game. USC has had problems with running quarterbacks dating to Kansas State’s Ell Roberson in the 2001-02 seasons.”

And here is my scouting report, including my game prediction.

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