Pete Carroll Made Me Go Hollywood!

Memo to Bob Leinart:

From the Las Vegas Review-Journal: “At Rehab, the Hard Rock pool party, on Sunday: football stars Brian Urlacher, Joey Porter, Matt Leinart, Reggie Bush and Terrell Owens, Snoop Dogg, NBA standout Corey Maggette, ultimate fighter Tito Ortiz, Jaime Pressly and Jenna Jameson.”

Linebacker Controversy?

A couple readers emailed last week and said that USC coach Pete Carroll claimed in a booster club meeting that sophomore Kaluka Maiava was the new starter at outside linebacker ahead of junior Keith Rivers.
Carroll backed off that comment slightly Tuesday and said that Maiava was not the starter but there would be an “open competition in training camp at the weakside linebacker position. Either way, it sends a message to Rivers that no starting spot is secure.

Two Winners, One Trophy

The USC womens track team tied Stanford for first place in last weekends West Regional at Brigham Young. But the always-prepared NCAA provided only one trophy for the event.
So what did the organization do to solve the problem? It flipped a coin. USC won the flip and brought home the trophy while Stanford went home empty-handed.
Maybe the BCS could have taken that scientific approach with the crystal football in 2003 when USC and LSU each claimed a share of the national championship.

Lindy’s All-Americans

Junior wide receiver Dwayne Jarrett and junior offensive tackle Sam Baker first-team All-Americans in Lindy’s magazine’s preseason football preview.
Senior center Ryan Kalil and junior defensive end Lawrence Jackson were selected to the second-team.

No Date

The district attorney’s office said Tuesday afternoon it still had not set a date for Mark Sanchez’s arraignment. The longer this takes is actually good news for Sanchez. Of course, the DA could decide not to hold an arraignment hearing if no charges are filed.

A Tough Task

Today, USC coach Tim Floyd will start to address whether its even possible to bring in another point guard for next season. Its unlikely, given how late it is in the year but the situation is desperate following the death of point guard Ryan Francis.
A Pacific-10 Conference coach told me that USC probably won six games last season just because of Francis, a fact Floyd would not argue.
“Hes the reason we won more games than anyone else on the team, Floyd said. “He changed the way we played.

End Of An Era?

Clay Matthews was an All-American linebacker for USC in 1977 and enjoyed an 18-year NFL career. His brother Bruce was an All-American offensive lineman in 1982 and also played for 18 years.
Two of Clays sons, Kyle and Clay Jr., also went to USC. Clay Jr. is currently a sophomore linebacker.
But Clays youngest son, Casey, a linebacker at Oaks Christian High School, might end up at Notre Dame. Casey Matthews lists the Irish and Georgia Tech among his favorites and has been offered a scholarship by many schools, but not USC.

Behind The Scenes

Right before the story broke regarding the living arrangement of Reggie Bushs parents in April, there was word in NFL circles that a prominent sports agent was leaking the story to media members because he did not sign Bush as a client.
The story became so pervasive that the agent contacted USC and denied shopping the story on Bush.

Instant Eligibility

Offensive guard Tyler Krieg started the past two seasons at Duke. But he could start for California next season without having to sit out a year. Krieg is taking advantage of a controversial new rule that allows transfers who completed their undergraduate degrees to finish their eligibility immediately at another school where they are accepted to pursue an advanced degree.
So Krieg, all-ACC academic team member, fills a huge hole for Cal, which lost three starters on its offensive line. The new rule went into effect last month.
Theoretically, USC wide receiver Chris McFoy and fullback Brandon Hancock would be candidates to transfer without sitting out a season, under the new rule.

USC vs. USC

Coach Tim Floyd said USC will play its inaugural game at the Galen Center against South Carolina.
USC experienced difficulty finding an opponent for its first game at the new arena, but the Gamecocks needed a second game in Southern California after scheduling UC Irvine next season. The Trojans will also play a home-and-home series beginning next season with The Citadel, which means they will play South Carolina and The Citadel on the same road swing.
USCs second home game will be against St. Marys.