Morning Buzz: USC v. UCLA

KESSLER.UCLANow that UCLA will reportedly hire Tom Bradley as its defensive coordinator, who has the better coaching staff? Who would you take? Clay Helton/Justin Wilcox or Noel Mazzone/Bradley as your coordinators?

Kennedy Polamalu or Johnny Nansen (running backs)? Adrian Klemm or Bob Connelly (offensive line)? Tee Martin or Eric Yarber (wide receivers)? I could go on but here’s the the full USC staff. And here’s UCLA. And now you can vote.

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Quote Of The Night

ESPN college basketball analyst Dick Vitale was asked by the Fort Myers, Fla., News-Press about USC coach Andy Enfield struggling at the bottom of the Pac-12 two straight years.

“Obviously the Pac 12 has got some heavyweights to deal with,” Vitale said. “You’ve got to be patient. I think the third year you’ve got a real true evaluation to see where they’re going.”

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Pat Haden’s Best Hire: USC Baseball Coach Dan Hubbs


I’ve already detailed the easy schedule but USC baseball is still 8-0, which is the Trojans’ best start since 1988. And here’s something to ponder today: Is USC baseball coach Dan Hubbs the best hire made by athletic director Pat Haden?

If I had to grade Haden’s tenure, I’d say his best move came immediately after he got the job when he fired baseball coach Chad Kreuter. Five years later, Hubbs (in his third season) has rebuilt the program. Granted, compared to Andy Enfield, Hubbs looks like Vince Lombardi.

But Haden’s hired other coaches too. And Hubbs compares favorably to any of them, especially when he had so much work to do with a program that gets less than 12 scholarships.

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USC Morning Buzz: More Wins For Football Than Basketball?

"1227_SPT_LDN_L-USC-NEBRASKA-WL"I posed a question last week: Who would win more games? Andy Enfield this season or Steve Sarkisian next season? Sarkisian won with 53 percent while Enfield got only 28 percent of the votes. You would think basketball might have more votes with the Washington schools (10th and 11 in the Pac-12) coming to the Galen Center this week.

And it means readers overwhelmingly think USC will won more than 10 football games next season. That means a 10-2 or 11-1 record heading into a Pac-12 championship game. And an appearance in the College Football Playoff.

That means no hiccups and high expectations for the Trojans. So it demonstrates readers think the chances of Enfield beating even mediocre teams is less than Sarkisian avoiding letdowns.

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Khalil Dukes Gets His Chance

Perhaps USC guard Khalil Dukes, who scored a career-high 18 points tonight against Arizona State, should be playing more. He couldn’t be worse than any of the other guards, none of whom is shooting better than 36 percent.

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