Tournament Check

Utah squeaked out a victory over Stanford and now leads USC by two games in the Pac-12 basketball standings following the Trojans’ 56-52 loss to Arizona State. If would the Trojans finish 12th, they play the fifth-place team in the Pac-12. That would be Oregon if the season ended today.

Morning Buzz

USC offensive tackle Matt Kalil measured 6-6.5 and 306 pounds at the NFL combine. He also benchpressed 225 pounds a very respectable 31 times.
Tailback Marc Tyler measured 5-11, 219 pounds. Fullback Rhett Ellison was 6-5, 251 pounds, which should convince teams to move him to his natural position of tight end.

Carroll On Sanchez

58686-ap090101014091.jpg

Pete Carroll was asked about his infamous 2009 press conference remarks regarding Mark Sanchez during today’s media session at the NFL combine.
“Mark’s had a great start to his career,” Carroll said. “He’s an extraordinary quarterback and kid, and there’s nothing to hold him (back) from being a really big-time player.”

Chris Carlson/Associated Press

USC v. UCLA

The big question when coaches get to visit high schools is whether Ed Orgeron ever crosses paths with Adrian Klemm. It might rival the infamous Orgeron-Gary Bernardi meeting in Santa Clarita that nearly resulted in an altercation.