Lots of reader football questions in this segment.
Q: JAG said:
Scott, is it true that you have considered leaving the Daily News to pursue a lucrative career as a “before” model in the testosterone supplement industry? If so, perhaps your good friend Pete Carroll could be the “after” model. That would sell a lot of product, don’t you think?
A: Pete and I would like to sell you the first bottle.
Q: usc50ucla0 said:
If UCLA could ever find funding to build a new $70 million, 110000-square-foot athletic and academic facility like the John McKay Center, who would they name it after?
A: Red Sanders.
Q: ftfo2009 said:
Who do you generally root for in the USC-UCLA game?
A: I root for an early kickoff and a post-game incident between the coaches. If that doesn’t happen, a one-sided result is good, especially for 7 p.m. kickoffs so I can meet my deadline.
Q: TF70 said:
What does CLK think of his offensive play calling thus far this season? Does he feel like he has made good second half adjustments?
A: The only game where he said the coaches needed to do better was Stanford. I thought Cal was a spotty performance and Utah also was not overly impressive. But I take into account all the weapons he has to work with, so I am picky.
Q: gotroy22 said:
Why did the Trojans come out so flat Thursday against arguably one of the worst Utah teams of the last 2 decades, are they down about the Stanford loss which knocked us out of the top ten, or is it something else, like the flu bug, midterms, etc.? It’s getting frustrating watching all this future NFL talent underperform week after week.
A: Some in the media like to credit playing on a Thursday on the road. I think that is an excuse because you get more time to prepare for those games. I just get the feeling at this point in the season that this might be part of the team’s identity. It just might start slowly or struggle and then need to pick it up. Some teams are like that.
Why with so many offensive stars is it like this? I’m not sure. But there are excuses like the “stats don’t matter” and the “defenses are different for USC” argument being made and I don’t really buy into it.
The key will be if this persona hurts the team in another game. It will determine the season one way or another.