Injury Update

Blake Ayles is out. Damian Williams and Stafon Johnson were proclaimed 100 percent although Williams is expected to receive a painkilling injection in his injured shoulder before the game.

Havili Out

Fullback Stanley Havili has been ruled academically ineligible for the Rose Bowl and will not play. Adam Goodman, D.J. Shoemate and Rhett Ellison will share time at the position.

Boiling Point

I’m going to list some facts here just to illustrate how things got to where they are today.

Item: Last January, Ken Norton and Rick Neuheisel went to dinner to discuss the idea of Norton joining UCLA’s staff. Norton eventually declined.
Item: In May, UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel tried to push the embarrassing youtube USC walk-on video to recruits. The video was eventually removed from youtube by USC. UCLA denied the allegation.
Item: In July, Narbonne safety Byron Moore decommited from UCLA to USC.
Item: In October, Neuheisel went around town expressing displeasure that Pete Carroll attended two Loyola High games, a violation of NCAA viewing period rules. Carroll said he misinterpreted the rules and was kept from at least one high school game to make up for the violation.
Item: Last week, Carson tight end Morrell Presley decommited from USC to UCLA.
Item: Norton accused UCLA of saying he would leave USC and become defensive coordinator.

No Coincidence

Some interesting timing here. Morrell Presley decommits from USC to UCLA. That is followed by Ken Norton’s allegations UCLA claimed he is leaving to become their defensive coordinator. At this point, someone is going say, “why does a tight end like Presley care about Norton?”
The answer is that Norton recruits the City Section and spent more time with Presley than any other USC coach.

Movie Time

The team has the option of seeing the Tom Cruise movie, “Valkyrie,” tonight.
That reminds me, a few years ago, they saw the Cruise-movie, “Collateral” and Matt Leinart wanted to write on his blog that he did not like the movie. But his comment was not allowed to avoid offending the employee who supplied the film.