UPDATE: Fresno State defeated the Trojans Wednesday night in a pie-eating contest.
USC left for Las Vegas this afternoon and Clay Helton ended practice early so the Trojans would be on time for the Las Vegas Bowl’s first event. He doesn’t want to be late like Lane Kiffin was at last year’s Sun Bowl dinner.
Media reports in Seattle say Washington coach Chris Petersen hired Boise State quarterbacks coach Jonathan Smith. That confirms the idea that Marques Tuiasosopo will be coming to USC because he cannot coach quarterbacks with the Huskies.
USC received a letter of intent from defensive tackle Claude Pelon from Mesa Community College, who will enroll in January. Pelon attended three junior colleges, quite a feat.
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Forbes magazine calculates the value of the USC football program to be $73 million, which makes it 13th on their list. Who’s No. 1? Texas, of course, at $139 million. Full list here
“I can’t believe there’s any reaction to it,” Saban said. “Lane is a terrific offensive coach and I’ve always had a tremendous amount of respect for him.
“Just to come in and brainstorm a little bit with some professional ideas with our guys, I think is a real positive thing. And I don’t know why there’s any reaction to it, to be honest with you. I’m really quite surprised.”
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Fresno State arrived Tuesday night in Las Vegas and got to meet an Elvis impersonator. It could be worse. They could make the coach wear a sombrero.