USC coach Pete Carroll delivered a pre-game speech to the USC basketball team before its victory over Stanford. Not surprisingly, Carroll stressed defense as the key to winning and the Cardinal shot only 37 percent in the first half. The Trojans held Stanford to 41 percent in the second en route to a 69-65 victory.
Tight end Gerald Washington, who redshirted last season, is moving to defensive end. It’s the second time Washington will try defense.
He preferred offense the last time he tried defensive end.
Word in the NFL is that the San Diego Chargers effectively ruined their own chances of landing Pete Carroll when GM A.J. Smith insisted on hiring Ted Cottrell as defensive coordinator. Cottrell, a former defensive coordinator with Minnesota and Buffalo, is close to Smith and was always going to be hired.
That meant any coaching candidate would need to accept outsiders on his coaching staff and everyone knows Carroll prefers complete control, something he spoke to the Miami Dolphins about last month.
Former USC and NFL offensive lineman John Michels wearing a stethoscope at the USC Health Sciences campus. Michels is in his second year of medical school.
NASCAR Chairman Brian France will speak on Thursday night at 6 p.m. and he’s supposed to bring a NASCAR show car with him. The event will be held at Town and Gown.
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Our spy at Orange Lutheran informs us that offensive lineman Michael Reardon also gained admission through USC with no problems and only awaits NCAA Clearinghouse approval.
Arkansas quarterback Mitch Mustain still has not officially announced where he will transfer. He’s considering USC and Tulsa.
Now who questioned the idea of the diversity presentation? Not when USC coach Pete Carroll made a critical comment about a newspaper (not the Daily News!) reporting about him and the NFL.
In the interest of commerce, books were being peddled afterward. And they took credit cards!
Nebraska kicker Jordan Congdon is expected to enroll at USC in the fall but we hear the kicker will probably visit Cal next month.
According to reports, police used tear gas on Manchester United fans who tried to climb a barrier because of overcrowding at their Champions League match with Lille.
Sounds a little bit like the USC-Nebraska game.