USC quarterback Max Browne deserves and needs to play in the first two games against Arkansas State and Idaho. With all the drama swirling around the program since Saturday night, however, I wonder if Browne will suffer indirectly.
There will be an eagerness to change the narrative of the season and nothing does that like blowouts and maybe some stat-padding. So will Browne get into a game later because it is necessary to switch everyone’s attention to routs and Heisman campaigns?
The Seattle Times reports Steve Sarkisian was reimbursed $1,023 for alcohol on two outings during retreats in Indian Wells, Calif., in 2012-13. Sarkisian said the retreats were a chance to treat assistant coaches and their families.
“I don’t feel bad about people eating dinner and having a good time,” Sarkisian said.
The Pac-12 Network captured video of Steve Sarkisian’s up-downs punishment given to him by the players following his Salute to Troy antics. Wonder if Max Nikias and Pat Haden have seen it? It’s more than they did.
Does it make sense that USC’s offensive line appears to be struggling when every starter returned and actually six starters are because Chad Wheeler is fully cleared from his knee injuries while Damien Mama and Viane Talamaivao each started games?
Offensive line coach Bob Connelly said many of these players have three seasons of eligibility left and are still maturing. And perhaps that is not the issue as Zach Banner got demoted today for 4-5 series.
Bottom line: The offensive line is expected to be good this season and if it struggles, USC has serious problems.
In case you are a little burned out on Sarkisian news, here is a recap of USC basketball’s trip to Italy, where the Trojans went 4-0 (only one less victory than in the past two Pac-12 seasons). Link here
And here’s an item on Claremont volleyball player Emilee Rohrer, who grew up a UCLA fan but committed to USC. Link here
With Mark Jackson leaving to become athletic director at Villanova, USC will need to put someone else in charge of the Coliseum renovation project. At least there is plenty of time since USC has no intention of doing anything major until after it hopes to let an NFL team stay at the Coliseum in 2016.