Aloha Kakahiaka Means Good Morning


As Lane Kiffin mentioned this week, his pregame routine for the players is "tighter" than Pete Carroll's.  The team has a business trip approach to this first game despite the beautiful tropical surroundings.

The team arrived late last night and went immediately to their rooms after seeing the hammerhead shark in the lagoon and of course a snack, although I did see native Hawaiian Simione Vehikite reconnect with his family in the lobby after "a long time," he said.  He was excited to get some home cooking.

We just awoke this morning to a perfect Oahu day, but the players have breakfast followed by a morning of team meetings. 

They'll do a short walk-thru at a local high school, which we'll be there to cover and then back to the hotel to rest and hydrate.  They have no scheduled team activities planned like previous trips to the islands.

At night, they have more meetings and an optional chapel or mass. 

For minute-by-minute updates, you can follow @USC_Athletics on Twitter.  On the blog, we'll be posting a practice report with a photo gallery and I'll let you know if they get into any afternoon water activities.

That's the plan from Hawaii!  The Trojans are of a singular mind, return home 1-0, no distractions.

The hammerhead looks like it'd make for a great linebacker or maybe a fullback.


Go Trojans we will do it all year long!!!

Jordan! Our local news station here in Hawaii is all over this big game. Good to see you're traveling with the team and having fun with sports writing. Take care!

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