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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Quick Thought

With Mark Jackson leaving to become athletic director at Villanova, USC will need to put someone else in charge of the Coliseum renovation project. At least there is plenty of time since USC has no intention of doing anything major until after it hopes to let an NFL team stay at the Coliseum in 2016.

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Offensive Line Under Scrutiny

Offensive line coach Bob Connelly was unhappy with te offensive line play in last weekend’s scrimmage.

“We weren’t good enough,” he said. “That’s two scrimmages in a row.”

Connelly took away first-team reps from Zach Banner and played Toa Lobendahn at right tackle. He said Banner practiced with more urgency after the move.

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USC Morning Buzz: Some Steve Sarkisian Questions

Steve Sarkisian dodges suspension at USC, not scrutiny

Here is my analysis of Steve Sarkisian’s performance yesterday, which raised more questions about what’s happened the past three days at USC. Link here

Excerpt: “Is USC going to get the Sarkisian it originally hired now that his every move will be scrutinized?

“Can Sarkisian be Sarkisian or does he lose energy now that he is on guard not to drink? Did he lose the team with his display in fron of them and their families on Saturday night? Will USC lose some swagger as it recovers from its second embarrassing training camp episode in two years?”

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