Steve Sarkisian does not want to name Cody Kessler the starter yet today. That gives him at least a few more days to “marinate” his decision.
I mentioned earlier this week USC coach Cynthia Cooper cleaned house and hired Taja Edwards and is expected to hire former San Diego State coach Beth Burns. USC confirmed this morning that associate head coach Brandy Manning and assistant coach Evan Unrah were fired.
This is a bad loss as the Utes had just one Pac-12 victory before the contest and are now 2-10 in conference and 11-19 overall. USC is 15-17 and 4-9.
The No. 2-ranked USC men’s tennis team won its 14th straight match with a 5-0 victory over host Arizona. The No. 13-ranked USC women’s tennis team defeated No. 19 Arizona State, 4-2, at Marks Stadium.
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Steve Sarkisian said Antwaun Woods has been a defensive standout all spring and Thursday’s practice was no exception.
“The guy was in sheer dominator mode,” Sarkisian said.
Steve Sarkisian told me back in February that Adoree Jackson would start off his USC career as a defensive player. He confirmed that in an interview on the USC radio show. But yesterday, in a group media session, he was asked where Jackson would play and mentioned him practicing on both sides of the ball.
Sarkisian never actually said he would be a defensive player first. This is what happens sometimes when a coach is surrounded by a bunch of reporters. Caution suddenly reigns. Jackson has always been expected to try to be a two-way player. But the defense is expected to be the first priority. USC’s secondary depth makes that a necessity.