Defensive tackle Josh Fatu (concussion) is “probably out” according to Clay Helton. Porter Gustin is still wearing a boot on his foot and out. Stephen Carr (foot) has not practiced this week and looks unlikely to play.
And defensive end Rasheem Green (ankle, shoulder) did not practice today. USC’s banged up heading into the Notre Dame game.
If defensive tackle Josh Fatu has a concussion after being in a car accident, it could mean true freshman Brandon Pili starts against Notre Dame. It wasn’t an ideal time for Kenny Bigelow to retire and another true freshman, Jay Tufele, might have to burn his redshirt year if Fatu is unable to play.
Yesterday, I ran the above photo of Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig the night before the 1927 USC-Notre Dame at Soldier Field in Chicago. According to an article in the Dec. 4, 1927 Los Angeles Times, it was an annual All-American dinner thrown by Christy Walsh, who was known as the first baseball agent and agent to Ruth.
Ruth and Gehrig performed a skit at the start of the dinner with Ruth impersonating a Notre Dame player while Gehrig was a USC player.
Below is a photo of Ruth and Gehrig at the game. They were part of the 120,000 in attendance.
Here is my column on how USC offensive coordinator Tee Martin is a lightning rod for criticism.
Excerpt: “Some of (the criticism), I say, `Man, you’re right,’ and some of it, I say, `You have no clue,’” Martin said Tuesday.
The issue surrounding the program right now is whether Martin is the only one who deserves the blame? Martin, quarterbacks coach Tyson Helton and Clay Helton all participate in calling plays, according to sources.
Defensive tackle Kenny Bigelow has decided to stop playing indefinitely, according to Clay Helton. Bigelow will “mentor” the players, Helton said. Bigelow might have had the highlight of his career last week when he blocked a field goal against Oregon State. But he could not be happy that he fell behind true freshman Brandon Pili.