Malik Marquetti, Jordan McLaughlin Playoff Performances

USC commit Malik Marquetti scored 17 points Friday night as Long Beach Millikan upset No. 2 Rancho Cucamonga, 86-84. Millikan advanced to the Division I-AA semifinals.

Point guard Jordan McLaughlin of Etiwanda, who already signed with USC, reinjured his shoulder with four minutes left in the first half and never returned in the Eagles’ 59-48 loss to Chino Hills. McLaughlin finished with 10 points.

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Pete Carroll Handbook 101

Too bad no one could ask Pete Carroll on Wednesday about this series of events. Asked on Feb. 22 about a report the Seahawks would release WR Sidney Rice, Carroll said, “I don’t know where that came from.”

Today, the Seahawks released Rice. What chapter covers obfuscation in the modern-day philosopher’s book, “Win Forever.”

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Does anyone really care from either side about the Gauntlet? It’s not highly publicized and I don’t hear fans mention it much. Who even knows the score right now?

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And You Think I’m Tough On Lane Kiffin?

The triumphant return of the “modern-day philosopher” Wednesday night included some digs at someone who went unmentioned: Lane Kiffin.

Pete Carroll offered this comment: “From early on, I tried to get the administration to guarantee that (Steve Sarkisian) would be the next coach if I left.”

Ouch. This is yet another confirmation of the falling out Carroll and Kiffin had a few years ago as Kiffin’s criticism of the roster he inherited at USC got back to him in Seattle.

But more surprising was this comment from current USC coach Steve Sarkisian: “So much of the focus of the last three years has been on the sanctions, the ‘Woe is me.”

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USC Morning Buzz: QB Max Wittek Scheduled To Visit Hawaii


USC quarterback Max Wittek is going to visit Hawaii tonight as he continues his tour of colleges to visit before he transfers. Two weeks ago Wittek visited Texas. Louisville and Texas Christian are also in the mix. And Virginia Tech’s also contacted him about making a visit.

Hawaii is a perfect destination for Wittek because he stand a better chance of playing than at Texas. His competition would be last year’s starter, Taylor Graham, and then Jeremy Higgins, Adonis Phillips and Ikaika Woolsey.

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Oregon State 76, USC 66

Perhaps Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll needed to drop off a copy of his book, “Win Forever,’’ at the Galen Center when he visited USC this week. The Trojans’ basketball program needs all the help it can get.

Andy Enfield should probably be embarrassed as USC fell behind by as many as 26 points before making a comeback that fell short. Only one more home game!

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Shouldn’t The NCAA Respond?

Pete Carroll made sense with many of his comments last night about NCAA sanctions. Shouldn’t some of the members of the Committee on Infractions respond in some manner? The chairman, Paul Dee, is dead but there are plenty other of committee members, including Missy Conboy of Notre Dame.

Especially because the NCAA never came close since the USC sanctions to punish a school in a similar manner.

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