Practice Update

Lane Kiffin said 30 touchdown passes and 10 interceptions is a “realistic” goal for Matt Barkley this season. Left guard Abe Markowitz’s foot remains in a boot and he did not practice but Kiffin did not rule him out of the game. USC has not said what is wrong with the foot but sources said doctors are worried the foot shows the same characteristics of the foot he broke last season.
Tailback Javorious Allen was finally cleared academically and will join the team tomorrow, Kiffin said. No word yet on Armond Armstead. Tailback Dillon Baxter did not get as many reps as Curtis McNeal and D.J. Morgan but Kiffin said he will still play all the tailbacks.

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New Security Position

USC hired Rick Carr for a newly created position, director of athletic program security. Carr will be in charge of security for all 21 teams, including travel and games. He will also assist with any off-campus issues that arise and work with the compliance office. Carr, a former police detective, is best known for accompanying Lane Kiffin at football games.

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Strong-Arm Tactics

I’ve mentioned before the college football tradition of always saying the new strength coach is better than the previous one. Well, here’s an excerpt from the Florida Sun-Sentinel: “USC transfer tight end Blake Ayles said Sunday that Miami’s conditioning program this offseason was tougher than that of his three seasons with the Trojans.”
It goes on at every college. Including USC.

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