Tee Martin’s Low Profile

USC offensive coordinator Tee Martin’s kept a low profile in recent days. He left the Coliseum without speaking to reporters after the Oregon State game. He was requested by a reporter after Tuesday’s practice but did not stick around after talking to a university employee. Usually, Martin holds court with the media after Tuesday’s practice.

If he doesn’t want to speak that is his right. But the sudden change demonstrates things seem a little stressful inside the McKay Center and I know Martin is stung by criticism over the playcalling. Especially when he is not the sole playcaller.

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Morning Buzz: Are USC’s Recent Performances Causing Stress Within Program?

USC Trojans quarterback Sam Darnold (14) after throwing to teammate wide receiver Tyler Vaughns (not pictured) for a touchdown against the Oregon State Beavers during the first half of an NCAA college football game at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, on Saturday, Oct. 07, 2017. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)I wrote a detailed story here about Sam Darnold’s apology to the coaches that neither Clay nor Tyson Helton said they received. Clay Helton said Darnold might have apologized to Tee Martin.

But why did Darnold say “I talked to them,” and “They called me and wanted to get the context of what I said. I let them know.”

That sounds like plural. Here’s an excerpt from my story.

“Maybe the message here is Darnold took accountability for whatever did happen or did not happen. He was the adult in the room. You can blame Darnold for fumbles or some interceptions but he always speaks to the media, he always takes responsibility for the offense and never shies away from the truth.”

Full story here

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Sam Darnold Said He Apologized For Questioning Playcalling; Clay Helton Said He Did Not

There were plenty of interesting comments after practice today as Sam Darnold said he apologized to the coaches for his post-game remarks questioning the playcalling.

“I was honestly just wrong,” Darnold said.

But then Clay Helton said Darnold did not apologize to him. “He is a wonderful person,” Helton said.

Quarterbacks coach Tyson Helton said the whole issue never came up with him. Clay Helton said maybe Darnold apologized to Tee Martin, who left the field before any reporters had a chance to speak to him.

UPDATED: Clay Helton said Sunday night that he would speak to Darnold about his comments, which caused Tuesday’s round of media questions in the first place. So it seems odd that Darnold would have only discussed it with Martin.

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The Easy QB Schedule

Oregon State Beavers quarterback Darell Garretson (10) is tackled by the USC Trojans defense during the first half of an NCAA college football game at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, on Saturday, Oct. 07, 2017. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Here’s an interesting trend for USC this season: Look at the quarterbacks the Trojans faced.

Jon Wassink (Western Michigan): First career start

Keller Chryst (Stanford): Regular starter

Sam Ehlinger (Texas): Second career start

Ross Bowers (California): Fourth career start

Luke Falk (Washington State): Regular starter

Darrell Garretson (Oregon State): Second start of season

Troy Williams (Utah): Demoted starter

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Tony Bland Update

USC basketball assistant Tony Bland is among a group that will meet with Manhattan judge later this morning in the first court appearance since last month’s blockbuster federal corruption case went public.

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USC Morning Buzz: The Pac-12 Could Use A Coaching Carousel

The departure of Oregon State coach Gary Andersen on Monday makes me wonder what it would be like if college football adopted the same mentality of European soccer teams and got rid of coaches who didn’t produce after 4-5 games.

Excerpt: “If you keep the buyouts low, why not? Sooner or later, the athletic director has to get it right. So Oregon State gets rid of Andersen and brings in someone else. Give them a year. Or less. If it doesn’t improve, hire someone else.”

Full column here

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