Oregon State is the only Pac-10 team that controls its destiny. But Coach Mike Riley continues to downplay it.
“I guess it’s a real thing, but I never dwell on that. It leads to those long-term thing,” Riley said. “If you do this and this and this, then you can do this, and this and this. If you lose a game, it pulls the rug out from under you and you have to start all over.”
You know USC has time on its hands when Caesar has time to do an interview with satellite radio show hosts Gary Danielson and Jack Arute. Here’s his views on the BCS.
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It’s homecoming on Saturday, which is a good enough reason to run a picture of Tricia Pillsbury.
Rookie O.J. Mayo made 5 of 20 shots, going 0 for 7 from the 3-point line, and finished with 10 points in his NBA debut, as Memphis lost to Houston, 82-71.
Freshman linebacker Chris Galippo said he was unaware he committed a late hit against Arizona last weekend.
“I was in a zone,” Galippo said. “I didn’t realize what I did until after I heard the ref.”
Pete Carroll said he was not sure who would start at right tackle. Nick Howell started against Arizona but was pulled after the fourth series in favor of previous starter Butch Lewis.
“There’s a good chance Nick will start again,” Carroll said.
Tailback Joe McKnight, was not 100 percent last week, enjoyed his best practice of the week. Still wondering why he went to Washington State if he was not fully healthy the following week against Arizona.
Wide receiver Damian Williams is not participating in contact until game day. Defensive end Everson Griffen did not finish practice Wednesday, bothered by a sore toe.
UPDATED: Griffen actually had an upset stomach. We went with Caesar’s explanation above.
Former USC baseball player Geoff Jenkins (Philadelphia Phillies) became the 14th Trojan to be a member of a World Series champion. He is the third player coached by Mike Gillespie to win a World Series, joining pitcher Anthony Reyes and Randy Flores (St Louis Cardinals, 2006).
We told you earlier about the new restaurant called McKay’s that is named after former coach John McKay. How long till someone opens Caesar’s?
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