ESPN college football analyst Beano Cook said that John McKay was the funniest coach in the history of college football and McKay was the best “game coach” in history.

Bowl Break

Matt Barkley on how it will be to not have bowl practices or a bowl game this season and how he will spend his time.
“I’ve thought about that a lot. I’ll probably go overseas and go on a mission trip. Maybe Africa. Maybe South America. It’s a unique opportunity.”

Morning Buzz

Reggie Bush said he is unhappy USC is distancing itself from him according to Pat Yasinskas of
“I think I’d be lying if I said it didn’t (bother me),” Bush said. “Obviously, it does, but at the end of the day it is what it is. All I can really do now is focus on the New Orleans Saints and just try to move on. It bothers me and it sucks.
“The whole situation is terrible and nobody feels worse about it than I do. But, at the same time, I can’t dwell on the negatives because I do have a job to do and I have a whole organization and a city riding on my back, not necessarily my back, but the team’s back.
“I hope someday at some point it can be repaired. We’ll see what happens. That’s all I can do.”

Acting Like A Manager

A reader sends in this post to inform me that USC baseball coach Chad Kreuter is currently serving as technical adviser to the Brad Pitt-film, “Moneyball,” which is based on the Oakland A’s. Kreuter also plays Rick Peterson, the Oakland A’s pitching coach.
He’s been impersonating a manager at USC for the past few years so this should be easy for him.

The Number, Part II

I mentioned yesterday that USC could sign 10 players in January on mid-year scholarships. If the NCAA does not reduce its sanctions, USC could then sign only 15 players in February, which would be a total of 25.
The hard part is going to be finding 10 guys who can qualify in January. JC transfers would be likely but USC’s admissions make it more difficult these days to take a lot of junior-college players and a grade of D is not accepted (unlike at other Pac-10 schools, including UCLA).

McKnight Madness


Joe McKnight was working out in Orange County a couple weeks ago but apparently not hard enough to pass his conditioning run with the New York Jets.
This follows his much-publicized incident where he threw up during a rookie camp last spring.

Kiffin Vs. Carroll

Matt Barkley was asked how Lane Kiffin differs from Pete Carroll.
“He’s kind of subdued,” Barkley said. “He’s not off the wall like Coach Carroll. He’ll definitely get in your grill though.”