This photo is from the 1969 USC-UCLA game at the Coliseum, best known for a controversial 32-yard TD catch by WR Sam Dickerson that enabled USC to win, 14-12. Was Dickerson inbounds? Anyways, this photo features “Wild Bunch” defensive end Charlie Weaver (No. 84) and all-Pac-8 offensive guard Dennis Alumbaugh (No. 67).
Last year, UCLA dominated the game as its defensive line dominated USC’s young offensive line and made Cody Kessler antsy most of the game. UCLA no longer has Eddie Vanderdoes and USC’s line is older and arguably worse.
“(It will be) a lot easier (in the Coliseum) than at Oregon,” offensive tackle Zach Banner said.
The question this season, among others, is why USC’s offensive line is not better than a year ago. A former USC offensive lineman tells me he believes some players are out of shape and there are too many plays pulling the guards, who are 300-and-some pounds. I’m sure this is one of UCLA’s point of attacks Saturday.
The idea of USC hiring the UCLA coach is almost outlandish. But I keep hearing UCLA coach Jim Mora’s clashing with athletic director Dan Guerrero this season and their relationship is frayed. Would that make Mora open to a move? Maybe. His daughter goes to USC.
Does USC thinks it could keep the volatile Mora happy? Meanwhile, as I wrote in today’s paper, there are some timing challenges if USC wants to hire either Bob Stoops (Oklahoma) or John Harbaugh (Baltimore Ravens). Full story here
And Ed Orgeron, (remember him?) has expressed interest in the Syracuse job. Lane Kiffin turned this job down back before he got hired at Tennessee.
USC announced today wide receiver Josh Imatorbhebhe of Georgia signed scholarship papers and should enroll in January. At least it means Imatorbhebhe will go to USC no matter who gets hired as the coach, although scholarship papers are not binding.
Imatorbhebe’s brother, Daniel Imatorbhebhe, is a tight end at USC and currently redshirting.