I will be a guest on 980-AM at 3:34 p.m. to discuss the USC-Washington game.
Steve Sarkisian faces his former team Thursday night at the Coliseum. Everyone knows that. But this will also be the first chance for Los Angeles-native Jaydon Mickens to play at the Coliseum.
Mickens was committed to USC for a year before he switched to Washington. Or got dropped by Lane Kiffin, which was speculated at the time.
“Some things happened with myself and Lane Kiffin,” Mickens told the Seattle Times this week, without elaborating.
UCLA coach Jim Mora said playing back-to-back Thursday games is a “complete injustice.” He also lamented starting school last week and the grind of missing school for games.
Is he right? Does it matter that he did not have to worry about school the first month of the season while semester-system schools like USC started in August? Is that an advantage to have no school to start the year?
Steve Sarkisian started school early at USC and late at Washington and said there are advantages and disadvantages to both.
Steve Sarkisian said he has had a 1,000-yard rusher every season since he became a head coach. Freshman Ronald Jones currently leads USC in rushing with just 242 yards as a tailback-by-committee approach is being used.
“As of right now, they’re all doing a good job and executing when they get their numbers called, so I have a hard time arguing with it.”
Things got a little out of hand during Sunday’s practice when defensive end Don Hill threw a punch at tailback Aca’Cedric Ware.
“It happens,” Ware said. “We’re all family in the end.”
Wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster caught a pass on the following play, placed the ball down and raised his fists, pretending like he wanted to fight someone.
“I love it when our boys go at it,” Smith-Schuster said. “The reason we play so great on Saturday nights is our (scout) team.”
So what did you think of Jim Mora’s decision to take an intentional safety near the end of the Arizona State game, which made the deficit, 31-23. UCLA would have to get a touchdown and a two-point conversion to tie the game.
Did that avoid a blocked punt and possible ASU recovery in the end zone? Did Mora think ASU would get an easy field goa if UCLAl punted out of the end zone? Was the safety a big advantage in field position with the free kick from the 20?
Did you agree or disagree with the decision? It was out-of-the-box thinking, at the very least. And if Steve Sarkisian did it, the reaction would be negative.