USC Saturday Buzz: Josh Rosen Strong In UCLA Spring Game

The Bruins’ spring game is on the Pac-12 Network right now, which means I cannot watch it. Freshman QB Josh Rosen was 13 of 17 with two touchdowns and an interception in his first three series. And what will the game’s attendance be?
UPDATED: The game is over and Rosen’s above stats are final. Will he start the season opener a la Matt Barkley?

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USC Men’s Tennis Beats UCLA For Third Time This Season

CROSSTOWNHey, Andy Enfield isn’t the only guy to lose three times this season to his crosstown rival! The No. 8-ranked USC men’s tennis defeated No. 15 UCLA, 4-1, tonight in a Pac-12 Tournament semifinal match. The tennis team is now 3-0 against the Bruins.

Apparently this does little for the Gauntlet/Crosstown Cup/Whatever standings (above) because USC already clinched the tennis points, although who knows what happens if UCLA were to upset USC in the NCAA Tournament.

USC plays top-seeded Stanford today in Ojai for the Pac-12 title. Results of today’s match are after the jump:

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Baseball: USC 11, Oregon State 3

USC pitcher Tyler Gilbert struck out 10 and gave up three earned runs in seven innings to shut down the Beavers. Oregon State pitcher Andrew Moore had a 1.40 overall ERA and 0.68 ERA in the Pac-12 but allowed six runs in six-plus innings.

The Trojans (30-10, 11-5) have now surpassed last year’s victory total.

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USC Coach Steve Sarkisian `Rants’ On NFL Combine

That’s the headline the Rich Eisen used for the following Steve Sarkisian interview. Eisens asks about Marcus Mariota and it turns into a long answer about why the NFL combine has quarterbacks take snaps under center. Interview here

“It just bothered me. It bothered me. I sat here and I watched all these guys get under center and I love Mike Mayock and all these guys, believe me. You guys do a fantastic job covering the combine and covering the draft and we’re critiquing these guys’ drops from under center,” Sarkisian said. “How many times did Tom Brady put his hands under — I don’t even know who the center is at New England, and drop back to pass?”

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Bob Boyd Appreciation Week

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In our continuing series celebrating the Bob Boyd era as USC basketball coach, here’s a picture of the Trojans playing Cal in 1976 at the Sports Arena. Norm Kelly (41) is shooting the ball while Bob Trowbridge (55) waits for a rebound.

I mentioned earlier in the week that in 1969 Boyd was the first coach to beat UCLA in Pauley Pavilion and handed the Bruins their first two losses there. But he also almost beat UCLA in 1967 at the Sports Arena. The game was tied with seconds remaining and USC missed a shot to send the game into overtime. UCLA ended up winning in overtime and won the national title that year.

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USC Morning Buzz: ASU Coach Todd Graham On `Un-American’ Schedules

Arizona State coach Todd Graham blasted the idea that some conferences play only eight games while the Pac-12 plays nine. The SEC plays eight while the Big Ten will play nine beginning in 2017.

“Fans don’t want to see you schedule four easy wins, then get two conference wins to get into a bowl game. That’s un-American,” he said.

Wonder what he thinks of USC playing Arkansas State and Idaho to start the season?

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Another Carson Stadium Drawing

(Manica Architecture via Carson2Gether)

Is there anything better than stadium renderings for stadiums that will probably never get built? Here’s the latest Carson stadium design, which is already an overhaul of the original design for the Chargers and Raiders. When do we get Coliseum redesigns? Besides the ones we’ve already seen like below.

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