We get letters . . .

Heres some quick answers to questions posed by readers so far.

1. A reader asked about Lou Ferrigno Jr., the son of the actor and a Notre Dame High of Sherman Oaks. He joined the team as a walk-on and is playing linebacker.

2. Another reader asked why freshman cornerback Kevin Thomas was on the field during Texas final touchdown drive. Senior John Walker was injured during the game and replaced by Thomas.

3. USCs central coast radio affiliate is KVEN-AM (1450) in Ventura.

4. Fans attending Pro Day should be aware that the portion conducted on Howard Jones Field is closed to the public. All events at Cromwell Field are open, beginning around 11 a.m.

5. So far this spring, I have not seen USC practicing against the spread offense, which makes sense because theres really no one available right now to emulate a running quarterback. Tailback Michael Coleman performed the job during bowl practices but is out following hip surgery.

6. Several of you asked the identity of a former assistant coach who called a non-conference opponent and offered help. I cannot reveal his identity in order to protect my sources.

7. One of you asked if former defensive line coach Jethro Franklin was fired. No, he was offered the defensive coordinators job by Pete Carroll but decided the best way to become a head coach was to go back to the NFL as an assistant. Carroll then hired Nick Holt as defensive coordinator.

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