USC Morning Buzz: Steve Sarkisian’s Punishment Video


The Pac-12 Network captured video of Steve Sarkisian’s up-downs punishment given to him by the players following his Salute to Troy antics. Wonder if Max Nikias and Pat Haden have seen it? It’s more than they did.

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A reader sent in this picture of the Pac-12’s interview of Steve Sarkisian today with a USC Coors Light ad on the right that you might have seen off local freeways recently.

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Offensive Line Follow Up

Does it make sense that USC’s offensive line appears to be struggling when every starter returned and actually six starters are because Chad Wheeler is fully cleared from his knee injuries while Damien Mama and Viane Talamaivao each started games?

Offensive line coach Bob Connelly said many of these players have three seasons of eligibility left and are still maturing. And perhaps that is not the issue as Zach Banner got demoted today for 4-5 series.

Bottom line: The offensive line is expected to be good this season and if it struggles, USC has serious problems.

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Non-Football News

In case you are a little burned out on Sarkisian news, here is a recap of USC basketball’s trip to Italy, where the Trojans went 4-0 (only one less victory than in the past two Pac-12 seasons). Link here

And here’s an item on Claremont volleyball player Emilee Rohrer, who grew up a UCLA fan but committed to USC. Link here

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Quick Thought

With Mark Jackson leaving to become athletic director at Villanova, USC will need to put someone else in charge of the Coliseum renovation project. At least there is plenty of time since USC has no intention of doing anything major until after it hopes to let an NFL team stay at the Coliseum in 2016.

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Offensive Line Under Scrutiny

Offensive line coach Bob Connelly was unhappy with te offensive line play in last weekend’s scrimmage.

“We weren’t good enough,” he said. “That’s two scrimmages in a row.”

Connelly took away first-team reps from Zach Banner and played Toa Lobendahn at right tackle. He said Banner practiced with more urgency after the move.

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