Here is my interview with Fred Roggin and Rodney Peete where I discussed increasing signs of stress with the coaches and the playcalling. Listen here
Former USC linebacker Osa Masina plead guilty to three misdemeanor charges and will not go to trial in his felony rape case. Masina will be sentenced Dec. 5. Each misdemeanor charge carries up to a year in jail. Masina’s lawyer hopes he will receive probation. Full story here.
Here’s my story on what USC needs to fix against Utah. Here’s an excerpt:
Play Randal Grimes: USC burned the freshman wide receiver’s redshirt year during garbage time against Oregon State, so it better use him going forward. Grimes did not know the full playbook earlier in the season but he only needs to know four or five specific plays to contribute.
If Grimes is good enough to debut in Game 6, then he must play the rest of the season. The same applies to freshman wide receiver Joseph Lewis, who continues to play a minor role despite being physically impressive.
Give Ronald Jones a chance: The junior tailback was considered a Cinderella choice for the Heisman Trophy. Did you know he has 26 carries in the past two games? With Stephen Carr hurt, Jones should be the featured back.
Remember what former USC coach John McKay said about giving the ball to O.J. Simpson so many times: “Why not? It’s not heavy.”
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.