Mike Garrett Quote Of Day


Photo/Marrio Villegas

“All I want to do is win and graduate student athletes who will do good things in life.”

— New Cal State Los Angeles athletic director Mike Garrett

Think of past USC coaches. Someone will get hired at Cal State Los Angeles.

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USC Picture Of The Day


USC is taking precautionary measures with its statues before next week’s UCLA game. Yes, it would be quite a coup if vandals painted the Robert Widney statue. Who? He is considered one of the founding fathers of USC. And I don’t know what he is pointing at. Maybe a pass-interference penalty.

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USC Morning Buzz: Offense Remains An Enigma After 10 Games

KESSLER.COLOUSC’s offense was supposed to be the Trojans’ strength entering the season. But there have been surprises at nearly every turn this season as I examined in today’s story.

Excerpt: “Quarterback Cody Kessler threw just 22 passes against California and sometimes looked like he was just augmenting the running game. Remember in the spring when former USC coach Steve Sarkisian said he wanted Kessler to be more daring and throw more long passes?”

Full story here

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It’s Not Southern Cal . . . (Or USC On First Reference)

The Associated Press Stylebook is the bible for many websites and newspapers. This week, it named colleges that can be named by their initials on first reference:

And the ones that can be named by initials on second reference:

So why is USC not allowed? Because of South Carolina. But the truth is most writers recognize the University of Southern California as USC on first reference anyways.

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The Miracle Of Sports Science

SARK.CELEBRATE.ASUSteve Sarkisian was a big advocate of the latest theories in sports science and talked about how this led to only one season-ending injury at Washington in 2013.

”“We really invested in that a year ago at Washington,” he said. “We had one season-ending injury a year ago at Washington (in 2013). USC had 19. We were a no-huddle team a year ago, they were a traditional huddle team. So I think there are things we can do to preserve our players to get the best out of them.”

So I guess no one should bring up that USC’s lost four key players (Max Tuerk, Toa Lobendahn, Cameron Smith and Lamar Dawson) to season-ending injuries while Isaac Whitney and Marvell Tell will be lucky to come back before a bowl game. But hey, I forgot, many of those injuries occurred under Clay Helton. It must be his fault.

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