USC 71, Colorado 68

Colorado missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer and Chimezie Metu scored 24 points as the Trojans snapped a two-game losing streak and earned a crucial victory in Boulder.

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An Adoree Jackson Thought

If Adoree Jackson came back next year, should he play more offense? He might not be able to raise his stock much as a cornerback and his size might be an issue. But as an offensive player/kick returner, would he have more value to NFL teams?

I still find it crazy that Jackson played so much offensively against Penn State but got in for one play against Stanford, which turned out to be a vital game for USC’s season.

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USC Coaching Tree Cont.

Justin Wilcox hired former Oregon assistant Steve Greatwood as offensive line coach at Cal. Greatwood was offensive line coach at USC under Paul Hackett, but don’t hold that against him.

Joe Barry, who left USC after the 2011 season because he was frustrated working with Monte Kiffin, was hired by the Rams as assistant head coach and linebackers coach. He was the Washington Redskins defensive coordinator last season, where there was some controvesy over whether Su’a Cravens should play linebacker or safety. Barry played Cravens at linebacker but Cravens is expected to play safety next year.

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Morning Buzz: USC Really Needs Victory At Colorado

MCLAUHGHLIN.UTAHUSC plays Colorado tonight at 5:30 p.m. (PT) on ESPNU and the Trojans could use a victory after losing two of their past three Pac-12 games. Colorado is 0-4 in the Pac-12 so a loss hurts. And the Trojans play Arizona on Thursday at the Galen Center, so a loss tonight could turn into a four-game losing streak. Also looming is UCLA on Jan. 25.

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The Sarkisian Coaching Tree

SARK.CELEBRATE.ASULook at how successful the Steve Sarkisian USC coaching staff from 2014 is today:

Clay Helton: USC coach

Justin Wilcox: California coach

Tim Drevno: Michigan offensive coordinator

Tee Martin: USC offensive coordinator

Peter Sirmon: Louisville defensive coordinator

REACTION: This staff was so good USC went 9-4 and lost to two double-digit underdogs (Boston College, Arizona State).

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End Of An Era

BANKERWhen Mike Riley was offensive coordinator at USC, Mark Banker joined the staff as a defensive assistant. Banker then followed Riley to Oregon State and pair spent the next 20 out of 21 years together. But Riley fired Banker this week . . . by a cell phone call while Banker was at the airport.

“That’s just disappointing, that it’d be a phone call and not face-to-face,” Banker told the Omaha World-Herald. “Be grown men about it. It’s a communication thing. Let’s just be good communicators.”

At least this time Banker actually got a phone call.

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Pac-12 Influence

The Las Vegas Bowl, without a Pac-12 team, had its best rating since 2012. And the game was a blowout as San Diego State routed Houston, 34-10. Another reason why DirecTV does not need the Pac-12 Network.

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