USC Picture Of The Day

WAREFreshman Aca’Cedric Ware is the biggest of the trio of new tailbacks at 6-feet, 200 pounds. With Justin Davis hurt, he seems likely to get some time behind Tre Madden against Arkansas State, like Ronald Jones and Dominic Davis.

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USC Freshman Of The Week, Part II

TELLSafety Marvell Tell looked as good as anyone else at the position during training camp and intercepted Cody Kessler during the first scrimmage. Leon McQuay and John Plattenburg are more experienced but Tell’s done enough to at least rotate at the spot this season.

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USC Freshman Of The Week, Part I

PETITETight end Tyler Petite definitely offers something for this season with USC’s much-discussed depth problems. He will be behind transfer Taylor McNamara, but Petite provides a tall, long receiver. He might be too young to be a big-time blocker right now but he does serve a possible role.

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USC Morning Buzz: Remember Lane Kiffin’s Incidents Too

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Here’s my story today with further comments from Dr. Howard Samuels on the Steve Sarkisian case. Sarkisian display at Salute to Troy was witnessed by several thousand fans.

But Lane Kiffin had some incidents that few witnessed. Remember he crashed a car into a tree one night at Tennessee then walked home, which meant police never interviewed him or gave a sobriety test. Then there was the scrape on his forehead at the Sun Bowl, which he went to great lengths to conceal (above), including having a female staffer apply makeup to his forehead. Many within the program said Kiffin suffered the scrape when he fell at the hotel after drinking.

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Matt Leinart On Steve Sarkisian

BUSH.PUSH

Matt Leinart, now a Fox Sports analyst, said today Steve Sarkisian’s problems will only put “a little bit more pressure” on Sarkisian to win.

“I don’t see it as a distraction. If anything, for Coach Sarkisian, it’s definitely put a little bit more pressure on him to win sooner than later, because there was already pressure on him going into this season. From a player’s perspective, they’re just ready. They’re chomping at the bit to get this season going and put this behind them and move forward.”

“Coach” Sarkisian? Is Leinart going to show such deference to every college coach or only the ones he played for?

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A Professional Opinion

Dr. Howard Samuels is the founder of The Hills treatment center in Hollywood. Samuels talked about USC coach Steve Sarkisian’s situation.

“For him to say he mixed medication with alcohol is a bigger red light,” Samuels said.

Samuels said drugs that cause someone to act drunk when mixed with alcohol are commonly xanax or valium.

“Those drugs are for serious anxiety issues,” Samuels said. ”It raises questions about what is going on here.”

Asked if Sarkisian could receive treatment and coach football, Samuels said, “No.”

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USC Picture Of The Day

JULIE

In 1976, Julie Kohl pretended to take a hammer to John McKay’s favorite booth at her restaurant across the street from USC when he left for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. She later shipped the booth to McKay. Kohl opened Julie’s Restaurant in 1941 and then Julie’s Trojan Barrel on Figueroa and 37th streets.

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Will USC Reserve QB Max Browne Play During First Two Games?

BROWNEUSC 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?

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