Transfer Talk

Lane Kiffin said today that wide receiver Brandon Carswell, who is five courses short of obtaining his degree, will remain at USC. Wide receiver Travon Patterson will still transfer to Colorado.
No other players are planning to transfer at this time, Kiffin said.

New World

Lane Kiffin on dealing with reduced scholarships:
“We’ve got to make sure we’re not just signing the top guys but the guys at the bottom of our class are really good players.”

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Barkley Joke

Lane Kiffin made a comment to Matt Barkley about returning to USC for his senior year with the two-year bowl ban.
“We’ll see. Hopefully,” Barkley said.

Pac-10 Poll

Oregon edges USC in the narrowest voting in the history of the Pac-10 media poll.

1, Oregon (15), 314
2, USC (12), 311
3, Oregon State (3), 262
4, Stanford (1), 233
5, Arizona (2), 222
6, Washingtton (1), 209
7, Cal, 175
8, UCLA (1), 134
9, Arizona State 81
10, Washington State 39

Morning Buzz

Here’s a quote from former Tennessee coach Johnny Majors on Lane Kiffin that USC highlights in its preseason notes.
“I was around him since he took the Tennessee job. I watched practice, talked to the
squad a couple of times, and spent some time in his office. And I believe he is a very good football coach. He’s very aggressive and well organized. He’s demanding and he and his staff attacked recruiting very aggressively. I think he is going to be very, very successful in
the long run.”

Changes

With Pat Haden in command, Mike Garrett’s administrative assistant was removed, which means the new athletic director will have his own secretary.