Quote For The Day

“I perfectly understand that people disagree with some of my decisions, but I can promise fans that each decision is made with a great deal of thought for both the short term and long term ramifications for the department.”

— USC athletic director Pat Haden

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Try To Figure Out A USC Coaching Staff Flow Chart

USC’s coaching staff has more titles than any staff in America. But what is James Cregg’s title? He was the offensive line coach. But now assistant coach Mike Summers has that title. So is Cregg the assistant to the offensive line coach?

Sounds like Cregg is Mark Ratner (above) from the movie, “Fast Times at Ridgemont High.” Ratner held the title, “assistant to the assistant manager of the movie theater.”

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Will Depth Suffer Without Christian Heyward?

With Christian Heyward not on USC’s spring roster, is it a concern that the Trojans have five defensive tackles on their current roster, including freshman Kenny Bigelow?

By comparison, the 2005 Trojans had seven defensive tackles on scholarship. So is it really that big a deal? It all depends on injuries.

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USC Morning Buzz

Lane Kiffin repeated a comment to ESPN on Wednesday that he made right before the Sun Bowl: “I’ve said this before: If Matt Barkley had the defense that Matt Leinart and Carson Palmer had, Matt Barkley would have won the Heisman Trophy just like they did. He would have had the winning records they had.”

This begs the question: If the defense was such a problem, why does USC have seven offensive coaches (including Kiffin) for next season and only three defensive assistants?

New defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast must be that good. Some might argue that Leinart did not have a great defense either in 2005.

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USC 89, No. 11 Arizona 78

The students rushed the court and celebrated with the Trojans as USC upset the Wildcats. How did USC do it? It shot 61 percent. Eric Wise made 9-12 shots and scored a game-high 22 points. Byron Wesley added 18.

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