Quote Of The Night

“They seem very mature when you are around the huddle with them. I’d be very comfortable with both of them (playing quarterback).”

– USC coach Lane Kiffin on backup quarterbacks Cody Kessler and Max Wittek

Morning Buzz

A rare open football practice at the Coliseum at 11 a.m. Word to the wise. Figueroa St. is closed around the Galen Center for the Kid’s Choice Awards, which are taking place in the arena today.
Meanwhile, USC baseball goes for its second victory of the weekend over Washington State this afternoon in Pullman.

Final Four

I am still waiting for Kansas coach Bill Self to apologize to me for saying it was “nuts” for me to vote the Jayhawks third in my preseason poll.
On a more serious topic, does anyone think someone other Kentucky will win the national title? All of ESPN’s analysts picked the Wildcats.

On Display

A number of USC recruiting targets will be at Cerritos College on Sunday for a Nike combine. Among those scheduled to appear are linebacker Michael Hutchings of Concord De La Salle, safety Max Redfield of Mission Viejo, safety Priest Willis of Tempe, Ariz. and safety Tahaan Goodman of Rancho Cucamonga.

Morning Buzz

One of the oddest decisions of the offseason was the departure of linebackers coach Joe Barry to the San Diego Chargers. Barry was a USC graduate and making more than he would for many NFL teams. So why leave when he might be looking for a job a year from now if the Chargers fire Norv Turner.
Sources said Barry left USC because his relationship with defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin became strained last season and caused him to look for another job. One would think the pair were extremely close after working together in Tampa Bay before coming to USC two years ago. One source said Barry was willing to take a pay cut to go elsewhere.

Hamstring U., Part II

Earlier today I mentioned a player’s comment about lack of proper warm-ups contributing to a rash of hamstring injuries.
Lane Kiffin expressed his frustration over hamstrings after today’s practice.
“I’m really disappointed with the hamstrings taking so long for a bunch of guys that we’d really like to be looking at,” Kiffin said.