USC coach Steve Sarkisian spoke earlier this summer about coddling athletes so I asked him to expand on what it means for the football team this season.
“I think we need to talk a little differently to them,” Sarkisian said. “I don’t want them to feel like they get it. I want them to earn it. It’s no different than parenting. It’s not just, `I’m getting pampered or entitled.’ ”
It sounds like USC might be meant to feel a little hungrier mentally, which might prevent lapses.
“We’ve made so many mistakes looking past teams and letting teams back in games,” linebacker Su’a Cravens.
In the picture above is the new recruits’ lounge at the Coliseum, which is located near the stadium’s clock.
Steve Sarkisian was asked if he needs to defend USC’s schedule because the Trojans open the season against Arkansas State and Idaho.
“Sometimes,” he said. “At the end of the day, they’re on our schedule. We don’t practice harder Tuesday based on who we play Saturday.”
So far, 60 percent of those who voted in today’s poll are against USC wearing an alternate uniform in 2016. That is a pretty clear indication the fans are against it. But is it enough to influence Steve Sarkisian and the USC administration that does not mind wearing something different for one game?
Former USC golfer Annie Park won her second tournament in three weeks with another Symetra Tour victory in Milwaukee. Park defeated former UCLA golfer Lee Lopez on the third hole of the playoff. The Symetra Tour is for golfers trying to join the LPGA Tour.