Booty 100 percent

USC coach Pete Carroll said quarterback John David Booty is fully recovered from back surgery and barring further injury or a complete collapse in performance during training camp, will start the Trojans’ season-opener against Arkansas.

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Rules Change

Pete Carroll spent a moment with Oregon coach Mike Bellotti on Thursday to find out the status of the Pac-10 coaches protest of a new rule for this season. The coaches object that on a change of possession, the clock will now start when the official signals, not when the ball is snapped.
The rule is expected to shorten games by 10-12 minutes and coaches object that it could knock 10-12 plays out of a game. It also means that if a team takes over possession with 24 seconds left in a game, it would not need to even snap the ball.
Every Pac-10 coach opposed the rule change.
“We signed a petition and sent it off, Bellotti said.
Said Carroll: “When you might throw 38 times in a game, now it be only 32. Its a sad situation when there is such across the board disappointment by the coaches and the rule still gets changed.

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First Casualty

As previously mentioned, Venice tailback Kenny Ashley will not academically qualify for admission. However, the news appears better for wide receiver Vidal Hazelton, although he is not yet certified by the NCAA Clearinghouse.

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Johnson Cleared

Tailback Stafon Johnson of Dorsey High was certified by the NCAA Clearinghouse and will be eligible this season. Johnson’s eligibility is one of the most significant in the freshmen class, if you listen to other coaches.
“I love Stafon Johnson, Washington coach Ty Willingham said. “I thought he could play on either side of the ball. I didnt see many players that could hit as hard as him last year.

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Reed Update

Tailback Desmond Reed is not cleared to practice but USC coach Pete Carroll is hopeful Reed will be able to play.
“He’s trying to come back,” Carroll said. “He’s not cleared but he’s doing some sprinting and other stuff.”
One problem is the nerve damage Reed suffered when he tore knee ligaments is still an issue.

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