I checked with Bovada Sports today to see if USC’s odds for making the College Football Playoff or winning the Pac-12 title changed following the Steve Sarkisian controversy. The answer from bookmakers? No change.
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.
USC 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?
The Seattle Times reports Steve Sarkisian was reimbursed $1,023 for alcohol on two outings during retreats in Indian Wells, Calif., in 2012-13. Sarkisian said the retreats were a chance to treat assistant coaches and their families.
“I don’t feel bad about people eating dinner and having a good time,” Sarkisian said.
— Pac-12 Networks (@Pac12Networks) August 27, 2015
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.
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.
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