Steve Sarkisian named Cody Kessler the starting quarterback today, as expected. He said the competition is open, but it is important to note none of the USC quarterbacks since Carson Palmer ever lost their starting job.
Hart High School wide receiver Trent Irwin is expected to attend today’s football practice. He is considered a top 100 player for the Class of 2015 and performed well at recent combines.
Looks like USC is looking to give out Roschon Prince’s scholarship and will host 6-foot-9 forward Kevin Ndahiro on an official visit. Ndahiro, who is from Ottawa, visited Washington last weekend. He is a 2014 recruit and would play next season. According to Rivals.com, he was offered by Gardner-Webb University. Is that Dunk City’s new rival?
Here’s video of Jackie Robinson playing against USC in the 1939 version of the Crosstown Rivalry.
Perhaps the worst part of Lane Kiffin’s legacy is USC’s four straight to losses to Notre Dame and UCLA. Kiffin did not coach the losses last season but he still shoulders the responsibility (along with Pat Haden).
Just remember that before Kiffin, the last time USC lost to Notre Dame/UCLA in the same season was 1995. And then it happened twice in his reign/wake.
This is possibly the biggest way Steve Sarkisian can prove himself this season: Beating your archrivals.
USC won 10 games last season but was the season successful with losses to archrivals Notre Dame and UCLA? The Trojans are 0-4 against the archrivals the past two seasons.
“It’s tough to think 10 wins is a good season when we didn’t reach our goal,” quarterback Cody Kessler said.