McKeever Hospitalized

USC legend Marlin McKeever is in intensive care at St. Mary’s Hospital in Long Beach after suffering a fall at his home earlier this week. His condition is considered grave. McKeever, a defensive end-fullback, was an All-American in 1959-60 and his twin brother, Mike, was an All-American left guard in 1959.

Carroll On Carolina

North Carolina fired Coach John Bunting earlier this week, which is ironic because six years ago USC coach Pete Carroll tried to get the Tar Heels job that eventually went to Bunting.
Imagine the reaction in North Carolina if it was widely known that Carroll struck out in his attempts to interview for the job.
“They never called me back, Carroll said. “I never got a smell.
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Sanchez OK

Quarterback Mark Sanchez practiced without back pain Wednesday and said he feels fine and will be available for the Oregon State game.
Defensive tackle Chris Barrett twisted his knee but Pete Carroll said he thought Barrett would be OK.
“It’s just a little scare, we hope,” Carroll said.

It’s Good To Be King

Virginia coach Al Groh is feeling the heat from Cavaliers fans with a 3-5 record but Groh said few coaches have job security.
“Unless you’re Jim Tressel or Pete Carroll, everybody’s seat is a little warm,” Groh said.

Media Matters

We hear a local paper has spent several months working on a story trying to demonstrate quarterback Mark Sanchez received preferential treatment from USC during his legal troubles last spring compared to other football players.
USC’s denied the charge. You might recall Sanchez was suspended from team workouts last summer until his legal situation was cleared up.

Freshmen Notes

Fullback Stanley Havili (broken leg) met with doctors Tuesday night and said he will undergo x-rays Friday and if the reports are positive, will be cleared to practice next week.
Meanwhile, tailback Stafon Johnson, who has participated in just one play on offense, said he won’t consider transferring.
“I haven’t thought about it,” Johnson said.
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Whatever Works

With the tight end position disappearing a bit, starter Fred Davis, who did not catch any passes in USC’s last game, hopes a return to Corvallis, Ore., turns things around.
“You know it’s a tradition, Dominique (Byrd) did good at Oregon State,” Davis said.
Two years ago, Byrd made a famous one-handed catch in the Trojans’ come-from-behind victory at Oregon State.