Steve Sarkisian Still Has Unfinished Business With USC

Steve Sarkisian might be focused on being the Atlanta Falcons’ offensive coordinator, but his arbitration hearing with USC is scheduled for July. Arbitration could help keep some messy details about Sarkisian out of the public eye, which helps the former USC coach. I doubt the Falcons want their fans hearing whatever details USC might have about Sarkisian’s off-field behavior.

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USC Morning Buzz: Max Browne Faces Rough Early Schedule


I’m not convinced Max Browne is already the starter at Pitt simply because I’m not overly familiar with the other quarterbacks. But if Browne wins the job (and I hope he does because he was a classy guy at USC), he won’t have an easy opening month.

The Panthers open with Youngstown State on Sept. 2. who only lost to West Virginia, 38-21 last year. But that’s not the worrying part. The following week the Panthers play at Penn State, and we all know how good the Nittany Lions can be, led by quarterback Trace McSorley. Then comes a home game on Sept. 16 vs. Oklahoma State, which returns quarterback Mason Rudolph.

Sounds like opening with Alabama, Utah State and Stanford. Maybe not winning the job works out better in the long run. Ask Sam Darnold.

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USC-UCLA Cup Update

I mentioned yesterday how the Crosstown Cup did not even have an updated website. It turns out there is no sponsor this year, according to a USC spokesperson. But the schools are keeping score. UCLA currently leads 45-25.

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E.J. Price Update

Offensive tackle E.J. Price, who left the football team in September, is still enrolled at USC. Price visited Ole Miss in December but has not announced where he will transfer.

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Morning Buzz: Ron Gould Is Candidate To Join USC Staff

Ron Gould, who was an assistant at Cal for 16 seasons, has emerged as a candidate to replace Tommie Robinson as USC’s running backs coach. Gould spent the past four seasons as the head coach at UC Davis, where he was fired in November. Among the running backs he coached at Cal: Marshawn Lynch, Justin Forsett, Jahvid Best, Shane Vereen and C.J. Anderson.

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