USC Morning Buzz: 10 Things To Fix To Beat Notre Dame

With USC going to South Bend, it is more important than ever that USC fix some of the constant errors it makes every week. Here are the things it must address to defeat the Irish.

Excerpt: 1.) There are no sacred cows: Sam Darnold carries the team on a weekly basis. But that does not mean the coaches cannot criticize him if he makes a mistake. Instead of that, you hear the coaches compare him to Brett Favre, meaning a gunslinger who sometimes turns the ball over. Or he is “a wonderful person.”

If any player is mature enough to accept criticism, it is Darnold. The head-in-the-sand approach just leads to the image that the coaches tend to be soft on the players.

Wolf: Here are 10 things for USC to fix against Notre Dame

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Josh Fatu, Porter Gustin And Stephen Carr Unlikely For Notre Dame

Defensive tackle Josh Fatu (concussion) is “probably out” according to Clay Helton. Porter Gustin is still wearing a boot on his foot and out. Stephen Carr (foot) has not practiced this week and looks unlikely to play.

And defensive end Rasheem Green (ankle, shoulder) did not practice today. USC’s banged up heading into the Notre Dame game.

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Defensive Line Concern

If defensive tackle Josh Fatu has a concussion after being in a car accident, it could mean true freshman Brandon Pili starts against Notre Dame. It wasn’t an ideal time for Kenny Bigelow to retire and another true freshman, Jay Tufele, might have to burn his redshirt year if Fatu is unable to play.

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About That Babe Ruth-Lou Gehrig USC/Notre Dame Photo

Yesterday, I ran the above photo of Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig the night before the 1927 USC-Notre Dame at Soldier Field in Chicago. According to an article in the Dec. 4, 1927 Los Angeles Times, it was an annual All-American dinner thrown by Christy Walsh, who was known as the first baseball agent and agent to Ruth.

Ruth and Gehrig performed a skit at the start of the dinner with Ruth impersonating a Notre Dame player while Gehrig was a USC player.

Below is a photo of Ruth and Gehrig at the game. They were part of the 120,000 in attendance.

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USC Morning Buzz: Tee Martin Accepts Being Focus Of Criticism

Here is my column on how USC offensive coordinator Tee Martin is a lightning rod for criticism.

Excerpt: “Some of (the criticism), I say, `Man, you’re right,’ and some of it, I say, `You have no clue,’” Martin said Tuesday.

The issue surrounding the program right now is whether Martin is the only one who deserves the blame? Martin, quarterbacks coach Tyson Helton and Clay Helton all participate in calling plays, according to sources.

Wolf: USC offensive coordinator Tee Martin accepts criticism

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