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In 1976, Julie Kohl pretended to take a hammer to John McKay’s favorite booth at her restaurant across the street from USC when he left for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. She later shipped the booth to McKay. Kohl opened Julie’s Restaurant in 1941 and then Julie’s Trojan Barrel on Figueroa and 37th streets.

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Will USC Reserve QB Max Browne Play During First Two Games?

BROWNEUSC quarterback Max Browne deserves and needs to play in the first two games against Arkansas State and Idaho. With all the drama swirling around the program since Saturday night, however, I wonder if Browne will suffer indirectly.

There will be an eagerness to change the narrative of the season and nothing does that like blowouts and maybe some stat-padding. So will Browne get into a game later because it is necessary to switch everyone’s attention to routs and Heisman campaigns?

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USC Morning Buzz: Steve Sarkisian’s Punishment Video


The Pac-12 Network captured video of Steve Sarkisian’s up-downs punishment given to him by the players following his Salute to Troy antics. Wonder if Max Nikias and Pat Haden have seen it? It’s more than they did.

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A reader sent in this picture of the Pac-12’s interview of Steve Sarkisian today with a USC Coors Light ad on the right that you might have seen off local freeways recently.

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Offensive Line Follow Up

Does it make sense that USC’s offensive line appears to be struggling when every starter returned and actually six starters are because Chad Wheeler is fully cleared from his knee injuries while Damien Mama and Viane Talamaivao each started games?

Offensive line coach Bob Connelly said many of these players have three seasons of eligibility left and are still maturing. And perhaps that is not the issue as Zach Banner got demoted today for 4-5 series.

Bottom line: The offensive line is expected to be good this season and if it struggles, USC has serious problems.

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Non-Football News

In case you are a little burned out on Sarkisian news, here is a recap of USC basketball’s trip to Italy, where the Trojans went 4-0 (only one less victory than in the past two Pac-12 seasons). Link here

And here’s an item on Claremont volleyball player Emilee Rohrer, who grew up a UCLA fan but committed to USC. Link here

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