USC Morning Buzz: Shorthanded Edition

"1227_SPT_LDN-L-USC-NEBRASKA-MB"I mentioned last week that USC linebacker Uchenna Nwosu was sent home from San Diego before the Holiday Bowl for a “violation of team rules,” which sources said was a fight with another teammate. Now I hear long-snapper Peter McBride never made it to the game either because he missed a practice and was not allowed to make the trip.

I’m almost surpised USC won the game now with its usual depth issues compounded even more by two scholarship players not attending the game.

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USC Volleyball Defeats Stanford

The No. 5-ranked USC men’s volleyball team swept No. 12-ranked Stanford,  25-16, 27-25, 25-19, tonight at the Galen Center. Four USC players: Robert Feathers, Christopher Orenic, Larry Tuileta and Josh Kirchner each had 9 kills.

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Patriots Deflated Footballs Too?

The NFL is investigating whether the Patriots deflated footballs for yesterday’s AFC championship game against the Colts. Before labeling them cheaters, did you feel the same way when the Pac-12 fined USC $25,000 for deflated footballs in 2012?

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USC Morning Buzz: Is Super Bowl Unfinished Business?

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This Super Bowl is the dream matchup Pete Carroll always wanted. Perhaps the last piece of unfinished business in his career.

Ever since he was fired by the New England Patriots, Carroll had to endure hearing how successful they were after he got fired.

New England coach Bill Belichick visited USC after the Patriots’ 2003 Super Bowl title and Carroll has a good relationship with him. But Carroll would love to beat Patriots owner Robert Kraft. And probably shut down some Patriots fans. And enhance his legacy.

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