While USC fans might yearn for his return, we hear there’s only two jobs right now that would seriously appeal to Norm Chow under ideal circumstances: North Carolina State and Arizona State.
Since 1984, USC is 8-2 in games played in Pullman, Wash. The losses were memorable: 1986, 34-14, USC’s worst loss ever to Washington State and 2002, the overtime loss that was the Trojans’ final loss of that Orange Bowl-season.
There have been some close calls: 1989, 1991, 1996, and 1999. The 1986 game was the only time a USC team in the AP Top 10 lost to Washington State. Top 10 USC teams are 14-1 against Washington State, with No. 3-ranked USC teams 2-0 (1975 and 2003).
USC’s student senate will vote on the following resolution tonight. It includes some unaddressed issues, such as tickets alloted for road games and bowl games and the confusion among Coliseum staff, campus security and the student affairs staff.
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A lot of comparisons were made around USC on Monday between the 2003 and 2006 seasons because of the similarities (first-year quarterbacks, freshmen tailbacks). But when USC lost its fourth game in 2003, consider that Reggie Bush entered that contest with just 20 carries and LenDale White 15.
The same mistake is not being made this time around. Emmanuel Moody already has 37 carries (and 258 yards). USC coach Pete Carroll made sure he didn’t wait too long this time around to have a freshman tailback ready to go for Pac-10 play. Whatever else happens, Moody’s got more experience than Bush/White at a similar stage.
The university just announced changes in this year’s student ticket plan and the availability of seats for next year’s games:
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USC coach Pete Carroll prides himself on the fact the Trojans led the nation in turnover ratio the past five years (+1.5) and the 189 takeaways in that span also was tops in the country.
But USC is just +1 in the past two games.
“Im always concerned about the turnover situation,” Carroll said. “We need to get the ball and put it on that end of the field. The one interception (against Arizona), that can happen. Chauncey (Washington) got one punched out. Its keeping the score down.”