Former USC wide receiver Curtis Conway stopped by practice this week, so I asked him some questions about the team. Conway said this was the best team he’s seen in several years,
“I like the guys coming back and they have much more depth,” he said. “They don’t have to worry about who is the starting quarterback. If they had a freshman, they may not listen to him. This is the first time I’ve felt comfortable about USC in a long time.” Full story here
What is the over/under on Cody Kessler’s TD passes or passing yards? What about JuJu Smith-Schuster’s touchdowns and receiving yards? Bovada released odds today on all of these after the jump:
Here’s my story today with further comments from Dr. Howard Samuels on the Steve Sarkisian case. Sarkisian display at Salute to Troy was witnessed by several thousand fans.
But Lane Kiffin had some incidents that few witnessed. Remember he crashed a car into a tree one night at Tennessee then walked home, which meant police never interviewed him or gave a sobriety test. Then there was the scrape on his forehead at the Sun Bowl, which he went to great lengths to conceal (above), including having a female staffer apply makeup to his forehead. Many within the program said Kiffin suffered the scrape when he fell at the hotel after drinking.
Matt Leinart, now a Fox Sports analyst, said today Steve Sarkisian’s problems will only put “a little bit more pressure” on Sarkisian to win.
“I don’t see it as a distraction. If anything, for Coach Sarkisian, it’s definitely put a little bit more pressure on him to win sooner than later, because there was already pressure on him going into this season. From a player’s perspective, they’re just ready. They’re chomping at the bit to get this season going and put this behind them and move forward.”
“Coach” Sarkisian? Is Leinart going to show such deference to every college coach or only the ones he played for?
Dr. Howard Samuels is the founder of The Hills treatment center in Hollywood. Samuels talked about USC coach Steve Sarkisian’s situation.
“For him to say he mixed medication with alcohol is a bigger red light,” Samuels said.
Samuels said drugs that cause someone to act drunk when mixed with alcohol are commonly xanax or valium.
“Those drugs are for serious anxiety issues,” Samuels said. ”It raises questions about what is going on here.”
Asked if Sarkisian could receive treatment and coach football, Samuels said, “No.”
I checked with Bovada Sports today to see if USC’s odds for making the College Football Playoff or winning the Pac-12 title changed following the Steve Sarkisian controversy. The answer from bookmakers? No change.