USC Hunkers Down

USC made only two players available to the media today and then limited Steve Sarkisian to less than five minutes.

“It’s pretty clear there are quite a few conflicting stories out there,” Sarkisian said. “Any information that we’ve been provided up until this point, we’ve pushed along to campus authorities. We’re really going to let it play out in their hands up until this point and quite honestly, we’re in somewhat of a holding pattern.”

Steve Sarkisian History Lesson

"0806_SPO_LDN-L-USC-PRACTICE-JM"Here’s an interesting passage from a former Washington Husky beat writer on how Steve Sarkisian exerted control over his program.

“At UW, the athletic department hired former AP sports writer Gregg Bell to write feel-good stories about Huskies athletes – particularly football players – for the team’s website. Who was Bell’s top editor? Sarkisian.

Sarkisian went so far as to line-edit stories. He reviewed stories he felt were “too rough” and had Bell massage facts to make them smoother.”

Tre Madden Could Be Out A Month

USC tailback Tre Madden might not return until the fourth game because of his turf toe. Madden’s foot was in a protective boot today. That would leave USC with two scholarship tailbacks (Javorius Allen, Justin Davis) for the first three games.