USC Quote Of The Day

USC defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox, who played at Oregon, was asked about his feelings returning to the electric atmosphere of Autzen Stadium.

“It’s our next game and it’s the Trojans vs. the Ducks,” Wilcox said. “Just like a lot of schools in our conference, it’s a great atmosphere and our guys will be excited to play.”


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USC Morning Buzz: Don’t Forget Those Oregon Connections

WILCOXUSC defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox is a former Oregon player. So is linebackers coach Peter Sirmon. And if you read articles on Wilcox when he was at Washington, he enjoys a strong reputation as a player/coach in the Pacific Northwest.

So there are probably some Oregon fans perplexed over the heavy criticism Wilcox has taken at times at USC the past two seasons. And if USC defeats the Ducks, his stature will probably be even higher in Eugene. But will it grow in USC? Probably not.

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Behind The Scenes

I keep hearing if Clay Helton remains as USC coach, he will be encouraged by donors to hire Ed Orgeron as his defensive line coach. Other names popping up include former USC assistants Kennedy Polamalu (running backs) and DeWayne Walker (defensive coordinator).

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Here Comes Chris Brown

The second-year offensive line class is full of high-profile starters: Toa Lobendahn, Damien Mama, Viane Talamaivao. But with Talamaivao out of practice today because of a torn meniscus

That meant Chris Brown, also a second-year player, got to start at guard. Brown’s played in recent games but this would be a much-bigger role.

“I feel prepared and confident in how I’m playing,” Brown said.

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USC Morning Buzz: Helton Believes Recruiting Will Be Fine

HELTON.UTAHUSC interim coach Clay Helton does not believe the coaching situation will have an impact on recruiting.

““It’s USC,” Helton said. “The product is never going to change. It’s pretty easy.”

I’ve long argued recruiting is an overblown issue during coaching changes. Few recruits change their minds unless a coach drops them, which Steve Sarkisian did a couple years ago (as I note in the story). North Torrance LB Mique Juarez did decommit but everyone in recruiting circles expected that to happen even when Sarkisian was still the coach.

Full story here

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Is USC Better Than UCLA?

USC defeated mighty Monmouth, 101-90, tonight after the Hawks upset UCLA on Friday. Naturally I asked Andy Enfield afterward if the Trojans are finally better than the Bruins.

“We’re worried about our own team,” Enfield said.

So is that a yes or a no?

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