Careful What You Wish For

I remember last year and even this summer hearing from people that JuJu Smith-Schuster was not having a great season or would not be missed much this season.

Does anyone still think that is the case today?

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USC Quick Thought

This is worth repeating: USC offensive coordinator Tee Martin said Texas played faster against the Trojans than on films watched before the game. There’s only one problem with that: It’s not about them. It’s about you.

You think Alabama or Clemson will play faster than on film? It’s about raising the bar, not making excuses.

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A USC-Cal Memory

California Golden Bears quarterback Zach Maynard, #15, prepares to throw against the University of Southern California in the second half of their game on Thursday, Oct. 13, 2011, at AT&T Park in San Francisco, Calif. USC defeated Cal 30-9. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Staff)

Here’s a USC-Cal game memory: In 2011, when the game was played at AT&T Park, Lane Kiffin came up to me after his radio interview on 710-AM and joked, “I made you famous.” After being congratulated for the victory, Kiffin said on air, “Tell Scott Wolf that. He’s acting like we lost by 30.”
The truth was Kiffin and I had just talked about how USC won but many questions after the game focused on the offense’s struggles. But he showed his sense of humor on the radio.

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USC Morning Buzz: If It’s Friday, It Must Be Time For Weekly Notes

OK, I made my USC-Cal game prediction, talk about why there are depth issues despite a full complement of scholarships and among other observations make this one:

USC offensive coordinator Tee Martin said Texas played faster against the Trojans than on film. There’s only one problem with that: It’s not about them. It’s about you.

Wolf: USC’s depth questionable because of coaching decisions

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One Last Thing

I can’t stop thinking about that third-and-1 play against Texas. Mainly because I didn’t realize until later in the week that USC actually had its third-and-fourth string tailbacks on the field for the play. Again, it has nothing to do with them. It has everything to do with keeping Ronald Jones and Stephen Carr off the field.

Does anyone remember the USC having Reggie Bush and LenDale White in a third-down situation in the first quarter in 2005 and running a play with Desmond Reed and David Kirtman?

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We’ve Come A Long Way . . .

Believe it or not, this was the Coliseum policy until 1974. “Women and children are NOT admitted to the press box.” Just to be clear, women referred to female reporters. So what happened if a female journalist wanted to cover a game? In the early 1960’s, the highly respected sportswriter Jeane Hoffman wanted to attend a USC game. She was given two tickets to sit outside the press box.

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USC-Cal Throwback Memory

This Saturday is the Joe Roth Memoral Game, which honors the beloved Cal quarterback and will feature the Bears wearing throwback uniforms. Well, the first Joe Roth game was in 1977 (above).

And that featured a fight that cleared the sidelines in the fourth quarter. According to reports, Cal’s Anthony Washington punched USC tailback Charles White in the face while White laid on the sideline. White retaliated and the sidelines emptied. Cal upset the Trojans, 17-14.

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