Hawaii Fires Gib Arnold

Former USC basketball assistant Gib Arnold was fired by Hawaii, where he was the head coach the past four seasons.

Hawaii self-reported that  “a men’s basketball coach submitted an altered document that was essential for admissions purposes,” according to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

The shock from those who were at USC (like say, a Tim Floyd or his other assistant coaches) is that Arnold got hired there in the first place. And considering Arnold was around when USC got investigated for O.J. Mayo, he should have been extra careful regarding NCAA violations.

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And Another Thing

What happened to tight end Bryce Dixon against Utah? You have to throw more than once a game to your most-talented skill players.

UPDATED: Why? Because of the snapping issues that seem to arise in road games.

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Javorius Allen Said He Could Run Ball In Final Minutes v. Utah

"USC Trojans vs Arizona State Sun Devils Football"With a third-and-2 situation at the Utah 28, a big question is why Javorius Allen did not get the ball on third or fourth down? Some speculated that Allen was too tired or his shoulder made him a bad risk.

But Allen said today he was OK to carry the ball if asked.

“I can (play) but I don’t question Coach Sark,” Allen said. “He calls the plays.”

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Toa Lobendahn Moves To Left Tackle For Chad Wheeler

Freshman guard Toa Lobendahn switched to left tackle today to replace the injured Chad Wheeler. Steve Sarkisian said no final decision has been made on who starts at left tackle. But considering how the coaches have been less-than-thrilled with Aundrey Walker since training camp, Lobendahn is the favorite.

Damien Mama, who tweaked his knee in practice but said he was OK, moves over to Lobendahn’s spot at left guard while Viane Talamaivao starts at right guard. That means three true freshmen could start.

Above, Lobendahn talks about moving to left tackle.

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USC Morning Buzz: Is Offense Carrying Its Weight In Big Games?

Did you know USC’s offense has scored only three more touchdowns in six games (18) as it did in two games against Fresno State and Colorado (15)?

Excerpt: “In the tougher games, the Trojans averaged three (touchdowns) per game. Is that enough? If USC had its 2008 defense that allowed 6.7 points per game, it would be more than enough. Former coach Pete Carroll admitted after defeating California, 17-3, that he used a conservative offensive game plan because he knew the defense would stop the Bears’ offense. But (Steve) Sarkisian does not have the luxury of that 2008 defense.”

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