USC Morning Buzz: Steve Sarkisian Wants Things Earned

USC coach Steve Sarkisian spoke earlier this summer about coddling athletes so I asked him to expand on what it means for the football team this season.

“I think we need to talk a little differently to them,” Sarkisian said. “I don’t want them to feel like they get it. I want them to earn it. It’s no different than parenting. It’s not just, `I’m getting pampered or entitled.’ ”

It sounds like USC might be meant to feel a little hungrier mentally, which might prevent lapses.

“We’ve made so many mistakes looking past teams and letting teams back in games,” linebacker Su’a Cravens.

In the picture above is the new recruits’ lounge at the Coliseum, which is located near the stadium’s clock.

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USC Quote Of The Day

Steve Sarkisian was asked if he needs to defend USC’s schedule because the Trojans open the season against Arkansas State and Idaho.
“Sometimes,” he said. “At the end of the day, they’re on our schedule. We don’t practice harder Tuesday based on who we play Saturday.”

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Tradition U.

This was a Steve Sarkisian quote that drew attention at Pac-12 media day.

“We’re not going to take the field in 13 different uniforms in 13 different games this fall. We’re going to wear cardinal and gold.”

So is that consistent with wearing an alternate uniform in 2016? Is it OK as long it’s not every week?

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Jim Harbaugh Likes John Baxter


Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh seems to like his special teams coach, John Baxter.

“He’s just a heck of a guy to be around,” Harbaugh said. “Have you been around him? He’s awesome.”

I wonder if the people at Michigan entrusted to make the Survivor-style TV show flags and big hammers feel the same way about all his requests.

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