October 2013 Archives
Haden on Ed Orgeron and his staff...
Ed has put a lot of juice into the team and the coaching staff. I give the coaching staff a lot of credit. This is not an easy thing for them to do not knowing their future, and I understand that. They are working their tails off. There is a renewed sense of commitment, and the players have really rallied around them. Ed Orgeron brings such enthusiasm to the locker room. The vibe, the music, the energy before and after games is unlike anything I have ever seen. This is college football. It should be fun.
Haden on the perseverance of these Trojans...
These kids are so big that we forget how young they are sometimes. When you look at what they have been through from the sanctions to the head coaching change, they are remarkably strong and resilient. They are great Trojans. I am really proud to know them. Dion Bailey, last weekend, what a story. In street clothes in the first half, and then a call to action, and he rallies. Incredible.
Haden on the expectations for USC men's basketball...
With basketball, we want to build a program, not just a season. Andy Enfield has really got something going here. He has captivated this team. This is something of a transition year, but we are looking to build something that is going to last. His message is resonating in recruiting. We have some exciting young players on this year's team, especially Julian Jacobs. Plus, we have two talented transfers in Katin Reinhardt and Darion Clark who can play next year. They will be joined by what we think is going to be a big time recruiting class.
Haden on the expectations for USC women's basketball...
The women's team should be a lot more fun to watch as well with Cynthia Cooper installing her coaching philosophy. Cassie Harberts, who is entering her senior season, has had a fantastic career here. She is one of the better post players in the country. I am looking forward to a big year from her surrounded by some young, emerging players on the perimeter.
Haden on the six-tournament winning streak by the USC women's golf team...
It is staggering what Andrea Gaston has been able to do. It is unheard of to win six consecutive tournaments in NCAA golf. Winning the national championship by 21 strokes, when the prior largest margin of victory in the NCAA Tournament was 6, was truly spectacular. Everyone is back from last year's team, and they have picked up right where they left off. They are in dominant form. They are also a great group of women. Despite an arduous travel schedule, they had our highest team GPA last year.
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On the court, Hagglund is the Trojans' career leader in digs with 2,095 and counting. She is already a two-time All-American libero, and continues to pursue a national championship with the No. 4 Women of Troy.
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In the classroom, she holds one of the highest grade point averages on the squad and will graduate in 2014 with a degree in communication from the prestigious Annenberg School for Communication. She will also receive a minor in occupational therapy. In 2012, Hagglund was named a Capital One CoSIDA Academic All-American (third team) and was also chosen to the All-District VIII team.
In the community, Hagglund has been actively involved in several philanthropic team and student-athlete functions including efforts towards Movember; a nationwide campaign aimed at raising awareness and funds for men's health issues surrounding prostate and testicular cancer. She has also served as an ambassador for the Pac-12 as a member of the conference's all-star team that visited China in the summer of 2013.
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The Trojans swept the regular season series from the Cardinal for only the third time ever and the first time since 2003. Here is Hagglund talking about the win and her historic night...
- Today's practice, although on a Wednesday, was the standard "No Repeat Thursday" for the team, practicing short yardage, goal line, and red zone plays. Once again, the Oregon State marching band and chainsaw noises were pumped into practice to prepare the Trojans for the atmosphere at Reser Stadium.
- An exciting injury update revealed that Marqise Lee and Xavier Grimble are now listed as probable for Friday's matchup. When asked if seeing Lee back on the field gave the team a boost of positivity, Coach Orgeron said, "It sure brightens my mood!"
- Lee's equivalent in Corvallis goes by the name Brandin Cooks, a name heard often in preparing for the Beavers and a name that will assuredly be heard repeatedly on Friday. Cooks leads the nation in receiving yards per game at 157.0, receptions per game at 10.6 and total receiving yards with 1,256. The junior also co-leads the nation for receiving touchdowns with 13.
- The Beavers use Cooks all over their offense and Orgeron said everyone will get their chance to matchup against the talented wide receiver. "They put him all over the field," said Orgeron. "They run fly sweeps with him, they throw the ball, they give him the ball. Everyone will have a shot."
- Although the Trojans face a talented quarterback-receiver duo, Orgeron said the focus is on improving what they can control like fundamentals and problems seen on film.
- The team's mindset this entire week has been playing better on the road. With back-to-back road losses at Arizona State and Notre Dame, the Trojans have spent the week preparing to take care of the task at hand.
- Will a condensed week of practice impact the Trojans' performance in Corvallis? Orgeron doesn't know but he said, "This is the first time as a team that we have been through a short week," he said. "We will see. We feel like we've had a great week of preparation and we are ready to go."
- There will be no special Halloween activities for the Trojans according to the fun-loving head coach. One heartbeat, one team, one focus because after all game day is only two days away.
- USC has not defeated Oregon State at Corvallis since a similarly cold, November game in 2004. Orgeron said the team is ready to hit the road and break that streak this Friday. "I like the mindset of these guys I think they're going to get on the plane ready to go. They understand the task at hand."
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Statistics aside, Hagglund is the emotional heartbeat of the Women of Troy. Coming off a tough home loss to Washington, No. 4 USC now hits the road for tests at No. 6 Stanford (tonight at 7:30 p.m.) and No. 22 Cal (Friday at 6 p.m.). Both matches will be live on Pac-12 Networks.
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Win or lose, the many faces of Hagglund will be on full display this week. Here are three of them captured by John McGillen:
In his first game, Young started at small forward scoring 13 points in a surprising victory over the Clippers.
Johnson, a three-year letterwinner at USC from 1983-85, went on to a 22-year major league career after being drafted by the Montreal Expos in the second round of the 1985 draft. The dominant left-handed pitcher won five Cy Young awards, is a member of the 300 wins club, pitched two no hitters (the second was the 17th perfect game in MLB history) and won one World Series with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
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The Big Unit's 45-minute address focused on maximizing one's talent. He also took questions from the Trojans.
- The injury report remains the same as yesterday. Ed Orgeron confirmed that TE Xavier Grimble has the best chance to return from the questionable bunch.
- S Dion Bailey was the hero of the game against Utah suiting up at halftime when Su'a Cravens went down with an injury. "I just did it cause Coach O is a guy who has done so much for us in this little bit of time. He's made this year one to remember. Regardless of what our record is or what we end up being...everyone is enjoying the ride. I felt like all that he's done for us, the least I can do was give all that I could. It wasn't much but I was able to do something."
- As far as his current health status, Bailey is "going to play as much as Coach P allows me."
- Bailey is more focused on Oregon State WR Brandin Cooks than QB Sean Mannion. "He's OK," he said about the quarterback. "He finds Cooks. Cooks comes down with it. That's their offense."
- USC has not won a game in Corvallis since 2004, but only a few players on this roster played in the most recent 2010 loss. Bailey has heard the stories though. "I hear it is a weird place. I know we have not had good luck in the past going up there, but hopefully this year, we can change that," he said. "They don't seat that many, but they'll be somebody in every seat. They have great fans in Corvallis. Everybody supports the program. I know they'll be ready for us."
- Orgeron pumped up the crowd noise in practice today to simulate the small, but raucous Reser Stadium. "It was good. We need it," Orgeron said. "It is going to be an exciting night on Friday."
- The short week would seem like a disadvantage for the banged up Trojans, but unsurprisingly, Orgeron will make no excuses. "It is what it is. We accept the challenge," he said. "The good thing is they are in the same situation. They had a tough game too."
- Oregon State boasts the No. 1 passing offense in the country averaging 420 yards per game. Here is Orgeron talking about the challenge...
"My good friend, and now my employee, J.K. McKay, often believes his histrionics on the sideline help our offense," said USC AD Pat Haden. "As you can tell by his 'leap' and demonstrations with Nelson Agholor, he has reached an age where I may have to move him up to the stands!"
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Williams is on track to become the first defensive lineman to lead USC in tackles since Mike McGirr in 1971. He has 53 tackles on the season including a team-leading 10 for loss.
Connor Virjee is a great example of the Trojans' dynastic cycle. Coming into this season, the senior had 45 career goals. Finally given his chance to shine, he has jumped into the spotlight with 39 goals already in 2013 including a career-high 5 in No. 1 USC's win over No. 6 UC Santa Barbara this past weekend.
For his efforts, Virjee was named the MPSF Player of the Week.
- Interim head coach Ed Orgeron ruled OLB Morgan Breslin, CB Anthony Brown and TE Randall Telfer OUT for this Friday's game at Oregon State. TE Xavier Grimble, RT Kevin Graf, S Su'a Cravens, TE Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick and WR Marqise Lee are listed as questionable.
- Given the physical toll that this limited roster has had to endure, Orgeron is taking it relatively easy on them this week with only one tough practice coming up tomorrow. "I want them to be ready to go on Friday, so I chose not to come out in pads today, and have a very light week."
- While he is still on the injury report, Grimble expects to play Friday. He has been battling shoulder and ankle injuries. "The way I am feeling today, I should be out there," he said.
- In his stead, OL Nathan Geurtler was playing tight end as well as walk-on Chris Willson. Guertler wore Telfer's No. 82. "We gotta find a new number for Nate," Grimble joked. "It was great for him to fill-in. We definitely needed the help."
- The offensive line was forced to shuffle around when Graf went out, and Orgeron expects the same five to start Friday night. If Graf cannot go, here is the starting offensive line: RT Max Tuerk, RG John Martinez, C Marcus Martin, LG Aundrey Walker and LT Chad Wheeler.
- While the line might be in flux, Orgeron wants to see them pick it up in pass protection. He said that QB Cody Kessler took too many hits against Utah.
- Senior WR De'Von Flournoy was waiting his whole career for a game like last Saturday. Not just because he made a big 31-yard catch-and-run, but he got his own locker at the Coliseum for the first time. "That was a first," he said with a big smile. "It felt great not to be elbowing the guy next to me. I took it all in for once."
- While Flournoy has not produced as much as some of his younger teammates, he is the go-to guy in terms of knowing the playbook. "The guys hit me up a lot. It feels good to know that they confide in me as a veteran."
- The Trojans have not won a game in Corvallis since the 2004 escape in the fog. "It is a great football atmosphere. Besides the cold weather, the fans are in your face," said Flournoy, one of the few players to have played at Reser Stadium on this roster. "They have always had a great team, a great group of guys that are ready to give USC their best effort.
- Orgeron piped the chainsaw sound effect into practice to mimic the Beavers favorite in-stadium celebration. In general, he wants to make some improvements to USC's approach to road games. "We're going to address it," he said. "Maybe the crowd effected us, maybe it didn't, but I am going to do a better job as a head coach of assimilating some of that in practice."
- Orgeron has great respect for Beavers head coach Mike Riley. He also complimented Oregon State WR Brandin Cooks, who is a threat as a punt returner as well. Here is everything from Orgeron...
Terrell Thomas, CB, Giants - Team-leading 11 tackles (10 solo) including a sack plus a pass defended
Thomas is a marvel just for making it back on the field. He lost the previous two seasons to knee surgeries, which makes his grand total three after suffering his first knee injury at USC. Thomas was rock solid on Sunday against the Eagles. He led the team in tackles playing at cornerback, and even sacked fellow Trojan QB Matt Barkley (pictured) forcing a fumble in the red zone. Giants head coach Tom Coughlin gave Thomas the game ball saying, "Welcome back Terrell."
Troy Polamalu, S, Steelers - 3 solo tackles including 2 for loss and 1 sack plus an interception
Jordan Cameron, TE, Browns - 4 catches for 81 yards
Reggie Bush, RB, Lions - 21 carries for 92 yards and a TD plus 8 catches for 30 yards
Nickell Robey, CB, Bills - 3 tackles including 2 for loss and a pass defended
Frostee Rucker, DE, Cardinals - Recorded a sack in a win over the Falcons
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The official home openers are November 12 for the men vs. Cal State Northridge and November 13 vs. San Diego State for the Women of Troy.
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Th 272 posted on day two was also a program low for a single round, as was the total from the first two rounds (548) and the final tally of 831.
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On Saturday, the Trojan defense did its best work, forcing four turnovers in the first half to set up four successful scoring drives against the Utes. After getting pushed around a little on the front seven, beat several times on downfield passing plays, and getting banged up against the Fighting Irish last weekend, the defense decided to buckle down and get back to their form from early this season.
Interim head coach Ed Orgeron said the coaching staff believed they were getting two of the best safeties in America when they recruited McQuay and fellow freshman standout Su'a Cravens. Orgeron added that the time and focus McQuay has put in through fall practice prepared him perfectly for his breakout performance on Saturday.
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Next Man Up
The injury report was staggering all week, and the Trojans got no relief Saturday as RT Kevin Graf, S Su'a Cravens and TE Shane Sullivan were all knocked out in the first half. Despite missing several top line talents, the backups stepped up. "It's kind of the mindset that we have," said interim head coach Ed Orgeron who set the tone all week. "Whatever happens, we're going to fix it. We're going to move forward. They have a Trojan helmet; they are going to play like Trojans." In for OLB Morgan Breslin, J.R. Tavai led the team with 11 tackles and 2 sacks. Without Marqise Lee, wideouts De'Von Flournoy and Darreus Rogers combined for 107 receiving yards. Down four tight ends, the fifth man on the depth chart, walk-on Chris Willson, made his first career catch.
If any player embodies the collective heart and courage displayed by the Trojans today, it is junior safety Dion Bailey. He was too banged up to start the game, but when he saw Su'a Cravens go down right before the half, Bailey realized that there was really no one to fill the spot, so he suited up. "That's just family," CB Josh Shaw said about Bailey. "Once he's seen that Su'a went down...he told coach that he was ready to step up. He wanted to go to war with us." Orgeron recognizes that moments like that are how teams are built. "It just goes to show you the commitment that these guys have for each other," Coach O said. "He saw that we needed him, and he went out and played. It was awesome."
Points Off Turnovers
With Josh Shaw back at cornerback, the USC secondary locked down the Utah passing game holding them to just 130 yards through the air. Even more, the three interceptions plus a fumble spurred the offense to 16 of its 19 points. "We all took it personal, especially back there on the back end," Shaw said about the recent struggles in the secondary. "We said, 'No more of that stuff.' At some point, it has to become personal. We had to create turnovers. We are low on numbers on offense, so we knew we had to win on defense." Sophomore CB Kevon Seymour blanketed Dres Anderson, the Utes top target, to the tune of 2 catches for 21 yards.
Moving Shaw back to corner created a void at safety. Getting his first real game opportunity on defense, true freshman Leon McQuay filled the gap and then some. Playing alongside classmate Su'a Cravens, who had a pick and a 54-yard return, McQuay snagged his first interception as a Trojan. "That guy is a great player. Every single day, all he does is give it his all," said the veteran Shaw about his young teammate. "For the next three or four years, the Trojan Nation should be very excited about the play of Leon McQuay and Su'a Cravens." Shaw described McQuay's athletic ability as "freakish" saying, "He's just got it. That's all I can say."
Rush to the Top
Coming into the game, Utah led the Pac-12 in sacks by just one over the Trojans. Orgeron put that stat out there like a carrot on a stick for his hungry bunch. "We had emphasis all week that we wanted to get back to our old selves, just dominant football up front," said defensive captain Hayes Pullard. The Trojans picked up 6 sacks to Utah's 5, so they are now tied at the top. "I thought they played excellent," said Orgeron, who credits new defensive line coach Pete Jenkins. Leonard Williams played another outstanding game with 1.5 sacks and 2.5 tackles for loss.
Making It Work
The offense was certainly not pretty, but it was never going to be with so many missing pieces. Most importantly, they committed zero turnovers as Cody Kessler was a clean 21/32 for 230 yards and a TD. "I am so proud of our guys," said Kessler. "Under the circumstances that we had, for us to pull out a win and keep working is awesome." The offensive version of Dion Bailey was WR Nelson Agholor (pictured by John McGillen) who did not practice all week, but decided to push through the pain on game day. He led the team with 6 catches for 97 yards and scored the game's only touchdown.
Kick in the Butt
Junior kicker Andre Heidari won the week's kicking competition by the thinnest of margins. If he had missed a couple today, Alex Wood was coming in, according to Orgeron. With "just a little kick in the pants," Orgeron's words, Heidari responded making 4/5 field goals accounting for 12 of the 19 points. "Obviously, the kicking of Andre Heidari was crucial in the game," said Coach O.
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Ute to Watch: Sophomore QB Travis Wilson
The Utes 6-foot-7 signal-caller was forced out of last week's loss at Arizona after banging the index finger on his throwing hand. However, the San Clemente native has "no doubt" he will make the homecoming trip this weekend and start in the Coliseum. Assuming he plays, he is a dual threat who ranks second on the team in rushing (300 yards) and first in rushing TDs (5). Meanwhile, he holds his own through the air averaging 236 yards per game with 14 TD passes.
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The stage was set last week for Rudy 2: Revenge of the Trojans. Walk-on WR Robbie Kolanz was split out wide on the final drive as the Trojans needed a touchdown to break Irish hearts. But alas, the ball never came his way, although he did throw a crushing block to help Nelson Agholor get out of bounds. This week, several walk-ons might get a chance for glory as the Trojans are decimated at the skill positions. For the record, the last USC walk-on to score a touchdown was RB Jess Holguin in 1994 as part of a 61-0 win over Cal.
While everyone outside the program is focused on the injuries decimating an already undermanned roster, Ed Orgeron refuses to budge an inch. He sees the situation as an opportunity for backups and freshmen to show what they can do. While many of these players are pressed into action, there is no time to learn on the job. Defensively, the Trojans could use a spark from LB Quinton Powell or S Leon McQuay. While on offense, could Darreus Rogers have the breakout game that harkens back to his dynamic Fall Camp performance?
A Gutty Victory
Nobody is particularly sure how the Trojans are going to pull this Houdini act off. The Utes are a beatable team, especially on the road, but they are also big and physical. If USC walks out of the Coliseum victorious, the word "guts" should appear in some form in nearly every recap. Despite the emotional letdown after a crushing loss at Notre Dame, the Trojans must summon every ounce of energy with the help of the second biggest crowd of the season to stay in the Pac-12 South hunt.
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Sharman was actually a two-sport star at USC as an outfielder on the baseball team. He was good enough to be drafted by the Brooklyn Dodgers, but shifted his focus to hoops after trying professional hardball for five years.
Sharman is one of only three men to be enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame as a player and a coach joining Lenny Wilkens and John Wooden. He also made the Pac-12 Hall of Honor in 2002 and was a member of USC's inaugural Athletics Hall of Fame class in 1994. He had his No. 11 USC jersey retired and hoisted into the Galen Center rafters for display on Jan. 13, 2007.
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When Hagglund is not laying out for digs, she is standing up on her surfboard. She was a junior surf champion, but gave up the competitive aspect to focus on volleyball.
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Here is the 2013-14 USC women's basketball poster featuring (from left) Horn, Harberts, Cooper, Adams, Alexyz Vaioletama and Kate Oliver. The Women of Troy will make their debut at the Trojan Tip-Off Sunday at Noon. Admission to Galen Center is FREE.
Still in the preliminary stages, Albarado will hope to make the cut to 10 semifinalists on November 8.
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- Ed Orgeron did not want to spend any time lingering on questions regarding injuries; however, he did finalize the injury report stating that Marqise Lee and Dion Bailey are both questionable, Nelson Algholor and Ty Isaac are both possible, and Tre Madden is probable. He confirmed that Morgan Breslin, Anthony Brown, Xavier Grimble, Randall Telfer, and Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick will all miss Saturday's game against Utah.
- Obviously, the Trojans are pretty banged up so fans should expect to see some walk-ons getting extensive playing time on Saturday. Coach O has dealt with situations just like this, playing a walk-on quarterback against LSU when he was at Ole Miss.
- He's especially impressed by the standout leadership from Cody Kessler who has been taking extra snaps with some of the walk-on wide receivers and tight ends. "He's starting to remind me of some of the quarterbacks I used to play with...They would step in the huddle and were always the last to leave the field and the first to get there. Cody's a competitor and has really grown into a strong leader of this team," said Orgeron.
- Utah's offensive statistics don't jump off the page as they average 35 points per game ranking 36th nationally and fifth in the Pac-12. However, the success of their offense largely depends on the health of starting quarterback Travis Wilson. The sophomore QB presents a dual-threat as he can throw and run efficiently. His five rushing touchdowns rank him third in the Pac-12 only behind Oregon's Marcus Mariota and Arizona's B.J. Denker. However, Wilson suffered an injury to his index finger on his throwing hand in the Utes' loss to Arizona last Saturday causing him to throw two interceptions.
- In terms of preparation for either quarterback, Coach O said, "It all depends. We feel like we know what they will do with Travis in there. If the backup quarterback comes in we do have a plan. However, it's one of those things that you kind of feel out during the game when they put a new quarterback in."
- In fact, Coach O has somewhat of an idea of what Utah is going to throw at them offensively as he knows co-offensive coordinator Dennis Erickson quite well from their days at Miami. The two worked together in South Beach and have two national championships to show for it. Coach O praised his former coworker saying, "He's a big-time coach. He's the guy that is going to take shots down the field. He just takes control of the offense. He's always looking to play physical and run the ball but most importantly, he's a great game day caller... a true gamer."
- There's no doubt that Erickson will look to Travis Wilson to bomb it downfield especially since Wilson ranks third nationally in pass plays of 50 yards or longer. The USC secondary has been focusing all week on making sure they understand their match-ups and execute the game plan as they should see a lot of action come Saturday.
- Expect to see some young, fresh faces on the defense as freshmen linebackers Quinton Powell and Michael Hutchings could see some playing time in order to keep the depleted defense rested and ready to play all four quarters. "Quinton Powell is one of the better athletes on the team. It's just a matter of the freshmen learning the defense." Coach O stated.
El Shahawy notes that the rates are based on the 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006 classes, which in football experienced great success on the field. With that success came a high number of players who were NFL draft picks and many of those players left school without completing their degree requirements in order to begin their NFL pursuits. Twenty-one of those players made it into the NFL, with 10 still active. Three of those players did return to USC to finish their degrees, but they graduated after the six-year window expired that would have allowed them to be included in the GSR rating. Some other players, like Chauncey Washington and Stafon Johnson, have returned to USC recently to work on finishing up their degrees. And El Shahawy said another 17 football players from the 2003-06 era are expected to finish their degrees at some point in the near future.
Like football, men's basketball was also effected by a number of players who went pro before obtaining their degrees, and given the small roster size, a few cases can shift the percentage dramatically.
El Shahawy notes that once the 2006 class clears off the graduation rates, the numbers should trend significantly upwards .
"We are committed to excellence in the classroom for all of our student-athletes, and we are very proud of the top-end GSRs posted by most of our teams," said El Shahawy. "The football and men's basketball GSR numbers are disappointing when viewed simply as a percentage rate and without an understanding of why they are not as high as we would like. Certainly, those figures are not a reflection of the current academic state of our overall athletic program."
Every Trojan women's team and the men's golf, swimming, tennis and water polo teams all had GSRs of at least 80%.
On June 24, 2012, the Trojan Family lost a young and spirited member when 9-year-old Jackson Reece Panzarello lost his 16-month battle with cancer. Jackson's parents, Lisa and Mark, met during undergrad at USC and so, when their son was diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer in February of 2011, they decided to inspire him and themselves with the slogan "Fight On, Jackson."
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- Junior LB Lamar Dawson suffered a knee injury Tuesday which will require surgery and knock him out for the season. Anthony Sarao will start in his place, and freshmen Quinton Powell and Michael Hutchings will get increased opportunities.
- Freshman RB Justin Davis had ankle surgery, which knocks him out for the season. Ed Orgeron also confirmed that S Gerald Bowman (shoulder) and RB D.J. Morgan (knee) are out for the year.
- Orgeron reported that walk-on RB Taylor Ross, who suffered a scary knee injury on Tuesday, had successful surgery, and the prognosis is good going forward.
- Despite the absurd number of injuries, Orgeron is undeterred. "It's part of football. Football is going to happen," he said. "Somebody is going to show up. Somebody is going to get the opportunity to play very well this week."
- With Josh Shaw moving back to cornerback this week, freshman S Leon McQuay, who has been a special teams standout, will get a chance at safety. "We are trying to get our best 11 guys out there every week," said DC Clancy Pendergast about shuffling the secondary. "[McQuay] is a young player that is developing obviously. I think he has a bright future ahead of him."
- McQuay is loaded with physical gifts, so the challenge will be adjusting to the mental side of the game. "You just got to get out there and tell yourself, 'I'm one of the best players out here,'" McQuay said. "I know what I am good at. I know what I can do."
- The kicking competition between Andre Heidari and Alex Wood continues with an answer expected Friday from special teams coach John Baxter. Heidari said he is in "a funk," and he is confident that he can work out of the slump.
- In preparing for Utah, the stat to which Orgeron keeps pointing is that the Utes lead the Pac-12 in sacks. Despite losing NFL 1st round pick Star Lotulelei, Utah has a fierce pass rush. "They have a philosophy that they're going to get after it. They're going to be on the attack.
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As a junior, Harberts averaged 18.0 ppg and 8.2 rpg, and led the team in scoring, rebounding and blocks. She set school records for free throws made (207) and attempted (298).
Ronnie Lott - 52.2% (167 votes)
Junior Seau - 22.5% (72 votes)
Troy Polamalu - 14.4% (46 votes)
Richard Wood - 7.2% (23 votes)
Chris Claiborne - 1.9% (6 votes)
Willie McGinest - 1.2% (4 votes)
Mark Carrier - .6% (2 votes)
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Here are the FBS leaders:
1. Kris Albarado, USC 19
2. Mike Sadler, Michigan St. 18
3t. Sean Kelly, Fla. Atlantic 17
3t. Tom Hackett, Utah 17
Digging deeper into the stat, Albarado differentiates himself even further. The Louisiana native has just one touchback on the season, while Sadler has 6, and Kelly and Hackett have 3 each.
Additionally, he is just small margins away from growing that already impressive number with one punt being stopped at the 20, three on the 21, one on the 22 and one on the 23.
In its history, USC has had only one All-American punter, Tom Malone. While Malone earned his reputation as "The Bomb" by blasting the ball 49 yards per punt in a record-setting 2003 season, Albarado strikes with more precision at the request of special teams coach John Baxter.
Thanks to Albarado, the Trojans have benefited in terms of field position, but they also do not give up anything in the punt return game. On the season, USC has allowed the opposition only 9 punt returns for a total of 42 yards.
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The Trojans now head to Orlando for the Clay Court Invitational before wrapping up the fall season at the ITA National Indoors in New York.
- In a scary scene, walk-on RB Taylor Ross suffered a devastating knee injury, and he was carted off the field into an ambulance.
- LB Lamar Dawson was also injured during practice. He limped off the field aided by trainers, but no injury was disclosed at this time.
- Ed Orgeron announced that Jordan Simmons was knocked out for the season with a knee injury suffered during Monday's practice in a "freak deal." He was going up to catch a pass in a competitive drill.
- Freshman RB Justin Davis is also out for the season with an ankle injury. Orgeron said he would announce more details tomorrow.
- The non-participation report included all three scholarship tight ends (Xavier Grimble, Randall Telfer and Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick) as well as wide receivers Marqise Lee and Nelson Agholor. RB Ty Isaac and S Dion Bailey did not practice either.
- Lee is considered day-to-day, and he is focused on his rehab and treatment away from the field. "At the end of the day, I just want it strong...so when I'm out there, I'm capable to finish," he said.
- On the field, the offensive line remains under the microscope after the penalty filled night at Notre Dame. "We just have to improve our technique," said center Marcus Martin. "As an offensive line, we are not here to dispute. We are here to take responsibility and improve."
- Offensive line coach Mike Summers is preaching "hands inside, hands inside" according to Martin. "It's upsetting because penalties that take away explosive plays really hurt your offense. It really took away from our offensive production. That's our offensive line, and we take full responsibility," said Martin.
- As for the skill position players on offense, OC Clay Helton does not know if he'll have any scholarship tight ends at his disposal. "We're planning for all scenarios," Helton said. "They don't pay you to have excuses. They pay you to find answers."
- QB Cody Kessler had his shin cut wide open late in the game, but the biggest pain he suffered in South Bend was heartbreak. "I think the best thing about this team is that...guys were hurting after the game," he said. Instead of packing up and getting on the bus, "guys were sitting in the locker room upset. And me personally, I was sitting there and I didn't want to leave. I was crushed, and it was nice to look around and see guys that really did care and showed that it hurt them."
- Kessler stayed after practice to work one-on-one with the walk-on wide receivers. "It doesn't matter where you are on the depth chart, you are going to have to play in this game," he said.
- Here is Ed Orgeron on the injuries, the kicking game and the holding penalties...
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In the past dozen years, USC has been blessed with elite defensive linemen like All-Americans Shaun Cody, Mike Patterson and Sedrick Ellis, most of whom were groomed under the intense eye of Ed Orgeron. But now that Coach O's gaze has widened across the entire team as the interim head coach, he reached out to an old friend who shares his country roots and passions to assist in tutoring his prized unit.
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While diving is the often overlooked piece of the puzzle, Ishimatsu is perhaps the top individual talent on the nation's top ranked squad. She already has an NCAA championship in the platform competition on her growing resume.
If Williams can finish the season as the team's top tackler, he would be the first USC defensive lineman to do so since Mike McGirr in 1971. Williams (45) leads LB Hayes Pullard (40) and S Su'a Cravens (37).
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Here are USC Athletic Director Pat Haden's comments on the penalties:
"We have always felt that our penalties were too harsh. This decision only bolsters that view. Beyond that, we have no further comment."
Nickell Robey, CB, Bills - 19-yard pick-six plus 2 solo tackles and 3 passes defended
Coming in as an undrafted free agent, Robey did well just to make an NFL roster, but as we know, he has never let adversity slow him down. The diminutive corner has made an instant impact in Buffalo peaking with his first career NFL touchdown picking off Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill. "When I came out here my number was called. I went out there and executed it," Robey said after the game. "I believe what I saw and went and got it."
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Malcolm Smith, LB, Seahawks - Team-leading 9 tackles (7 solo) including 2 for loss (1 sack) plus a pass defended
Troy Polamalu, S, Steelers - 8 tackles (5 solo) including 1 for loss and a pass defended
Stanley Havili, FB, Colts - 20-yard TD catch
Taylor Mays, S, Bengals - 3 tackles and 3 passes defended
Jordan Cameron, TE, Browns - 7 catches for 55 yards and a TD
Brian Cushing, LB, Texans - 4 solo tackles before suffering a season ending broken leg
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The Trojans return home this weekend to host Washington State on Friday at 6 p.m. PT before a Sunday showdown with No. 3 Washington at 5 p.m. PT.
In the win at ASU, sophomore Samantha Bricio served up a remarkable five aces in three sets.
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Last Man Standing
By the end of the game, the USC sideline looked like a triage unit. They were running out of room on the trainer's table. During the game, the Trojans lost WR Marqise Lee, RB Justin Davis, TE Xavier Grimble and WR Darreus Rogers to injury from an offense that was already decimated. Nevertheless, USC brought an emotional intensity and effort that warmed the head coach's heart. "I'm just proud of our guys," said Ed Orgeron. "We came together as a family tonight. We came here as one; we leave here as one. One team, one heartbeat." USC QB Cody Kessler seconded the notion despite the disappointment, "This one hurt. I'm so proud of this team. Obviously it didn't go our way tonight but they fought so hard."
Down 14-10 the entire second half, USC could not take advantage of consistently good field position because the Trojans racked up 11 penalties for 95 yards. In particular, the Notre Dame defensive line forced several holding calls to stall USC drives. "We killed ourselves with penalties," said Kessler. "That's the story for this offense that we need to learn from." By comparison, Notre Dame was only flagged six times for 38 yards.
Senior RB Silas Redd gained 112 yards on 19 carries including a touchdown. In just his second game of the season, he shouldered the load with starter Tre Madden sidelined. "I love Silas Redd," said Orgeron. "I love what he stands for...toughness. He's the kind of running back that we want at USC."
Second Half Shutout
While the USC secondary was shredded in the first half by Tommy Rees, the Trojans responded after the break by knocking the QB out of the game, and feasting on his backup. In place of Rees, Andrew Hendrix was 0/4 passing and equally ineffective as a runner. "We kept competing. We kept believing. We just kept fighting back," said Orgeron about the second half defense. Freshman S Su'a Cravens was the star of the show with 5 solo tackles, including 2 for loss, a fumble recovery and a 4th down goal line stop.
While the rest of the wide receiving corps cannot stay on the field, Nelson Agholor is picking up as much of the slack as he can. The sophomore caught 6 passes for 89 yards, but even more, he made a huge impact on special teams. Agholor's 48-yard punt return, which setup a field goal, was the longest by a Trojan since Ronald Johnson in 2010. He finished with four punt returns for 100 yards. He was injured on the last snap of the game, but walked off the field on his own power.
One Team, One Heartbeat
The Trojans are down, but not nearly out. "We are not going to blink an eye. We're going to keep on fighting. We're going to keep on practicing," said Orgeron, who refused to even acknowledge the injuries or depth issues. "We are going to bounce back. This was game two of our season. Utah, game three, here we come." The Trojans and the Utes square off at the Coliseum on Saturday at 1 p.m. PT.
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Irish to Watch: Junior DL Stephon Tuitt
Notre Dame plays a 3-4 base defense, and like USC, the defensive front is the Irish's greatest strength. NG Louis Nix III is a load (342 pounds!), and OLB Prince Shembo is another future pro, but Stephon Tuitt is the best of the bunch. He leads the team with 4.5 tackles for loss including 3 sacks. This group, especially in goal line situations, spurred Notre Dame's run to the BCS Championship Game last season.
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Big Man's Game
Ed Orgeron told anyone who would listen this week that the big men on both lines would decide the game in the trenches. USC's offensive line has developed a nastiness the last two games leading to monster nights on the ground. Against an elite defensive front in a hostile road atmosphere, the Trojans' toughness and communication will be put to the test. On the other side, Irish QB Tommy Rees is not a mover, but he has only been sacked four times all season (4th best in the nation). The dominant front five from the Trojans first four games has to reemerge to protect a shaky secondary.
Everybody Gets a Turn
USC flat out wore down last week on both sides of the ball, but particularly on defense. With the return of several key players including WR Marqise Lee and OLB Morgan Breslin, the depth will naturally be improved. In a physical game though, the Trojans will need fresh warriors in the fourth quarter which means the two-deep must contribute in the first three periods. Even with Lee back, Clay Helton should continue to distribute the ball to all the weapons at his disposal, while Orgeron has a better substitution plan for the defense.
One or Two Plays
USC walked away from the 2012 game shaking its collective head after failing time after time at the goal line. Notre Dame was going in for the tying score in 2011 when Dayne Crist presented Jawanza Starling with a 99-yard gift to seal a Trojan win. Remember 2010? Ronald Johnson will never forget it because his drop in the rain was the difference between agony and ecstasy. These two teams are hard to separate on paper, so those one or two plays on Saturday will add to the history of the greatest intersectional rivalry in college football.
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Petraeus is a Judge Widney Professor, which is reserved for eminent individuals from the arts, sciences, professions, business, and community and national leadership. He will teach classes at USC in several different subjects as well as serve on panels, engage in work sessions and mentor student veterans and ROTC.
- Ed Orgeron has said just about everything he can say, so today's press conference was mostly about injuries.
- On the positive side, WR Marqise Lee is expected to play. Orgeron does not know how much the All-American can give, but he anticipates Lee will try to go.
- On the other side of the injury coin, RB Tre Madden is doubtful with a hamstring problem. RB Ty Isaac missed practice again today as well, so the tailback rotation should be the trio of Silas Redd, Justin Davis and Buck Allen.
- WR Victor Blackwell is likely out for the game. The Trojans will have four receivers then with Nelson Agholor, Darreus Rogers, De'Von Flournoy and Marqise Lee.
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Here are a couple of choice cuts from the Trojans on stage:
- Interim head coach Ed Orgeron said he has sensed the excitement amongst the team all week in anticipation of the 85th meeting between the Trojans and the Fighting Irish.
- "You can feel the guys getting pumped up and ready to go," said Orgeron. "I'm proud of the way they've prepared. I thought we practiced pretty hard Monday and Tuesday and I wanted to give them a rest today. I want them to be fresh, playing with energy, and ready to play on Saturday."
- Cody Kessler heads into game seven coming off the best performance of his USC career throwing for 297 yards and two touchdowns. Orgeron said he's liked what he's seen in the development of his quarterback. "I think the most successful quarterbacks we've had are the ones we've believed in. They've had a toughness about them and a certain character. I see the guys believing in Cody. I like his toughness and I believe that he would fight for us under any circumstance," said Orgeron.
- One of the biggest adjustments focused on in the week since defeating Arizona has been the flow of the defensive rotation, addressing concerns on the issue of maintaining a consistent level of energy. On Saturday, expect to see versatility in the way J.R. Tavai, Antwuan Woods, and Anthony Sarao are positioned.
- Anthony Brown will make his triumphant return to the secondary after sitting out for six weeks due to a knee injury. The redshirt junior said he's tried his best to learn while sitting out and after this week he feels strong, healthy, and ready to play.
- "It's a big game," said Brown. "I'm ready and it feels amazing to be back out here with the Trojan family. We're here to make plays and I'm excited to get out there this weekend and do that."
- After one week as an official assistant defensive line coach, Pete Jenkins is having fun working with his longtime friend and getting the opportunity to teach the young Trojans six decades worth of football wisdom.
- "There's always a game inside the game," said Jenkins. "Technique is what I love about the game so hopefully I can be helpful in that area."
- With three days to go, things are looking bright on the injury front. Morgan Breslin performed well in practice today and Orgeron said he should be ready for action. The head coach added that Tre Madden is still hurting but believes he'll still have a role to play against the Fighting Irish. As for Marqise Lee, Orgeron said understandably the wide receiver is eager to get back on the field and has looked good in practice, but it's still too early to make a final decision.
- The Fighting Irish are also 4-2, however their only two losses have come against ranked opponents. The Trojans are eager to pay a visit to South Bend after their energizing victory over the Wildcats last week. Orgeron said he believes his team is up for the challenge. "I want to protect the football, play good, solid, fundamental football and let the chips fall where they may," said Orgeron. "This is about them. They've worked very hard for this. I love their energy. They've got bright eyes right now and I love it."
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The Trojans were so devoted to the cause that they even took some punishment as documented in this tweet by Sabrina Santamaria, Christian's lifelong friend and doubles' partner.
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The committee features a diverse set of college football's leading minds including:
Jeff Long - Vice chancellor and athletic director at the University of Arkansas (committee chair)
Barry Alvarez - Athletic director at the University of Wisconsin
Lt. General Mike Gould - Former Air Force Academy superintendent
Pat Haden - Athletic director at the University of Southern California
Tom Jernstedt - Former NCAA executive vice president
Oliver Luck - Athletic director at West Virginia University
Archie Manning - Former Ole Miss and NFL QB
Tom Osborne - Former Nebraska AD and head coach
Dan Radakovich - Athletic director at Clemson University
Condoleeza Rice - Former Stanford provost and United States Secretary of State
Mike Tranghese - Former Big East Conference commissioner
Steve Wieberg - Former USA Today college football reporter
Tyrone Willingham - Former Stanford, Notre Dame and Washington head coach
Unlike the formulaic BCS system which is in its final season, the College Football Playoff Selection Committee will choose the four-team field based on a number of factors including win-loss record, strength of schedule, head-to-head results, conference champions, key injuries and common opponents. The committee will meet several times throughout the season to prepare "interim rankings."
The College Football Playoff will begin next season (2014-15) with two semifinal games (No. 1 vs. No. 4 and No. 2 vs. No. 3) and the national championship rotating annually between traditional bowl game cities Atlanta, Dallas, Miami, New Orleans, Pasadena and Phoenix. The 2014-15 semifinals will be played January 1, 2015 at the Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl, while the national championship will be decided at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on January 12, 2015.
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- Positive news on the injury front! WR Marqise Lee participated in an early portion of today's practice, and he expects to be ready for the Notre Dame game on Saturday. "I had a great day today, " said Lee, who expects to be "100%" by game day.
- The wide receiver group has already been boosted by the return to full practice for Darreus Rogers and De'Von Flournoy, who made a beautiful one-handed catch today.
- Staying on offense, running backs Tre Madden and Ty Isaac both sat out practice. However, Kevin Graf returned at right tackle.
- Defensively, CB Anthony Brown, who has not played since the season opener, is a candidate to start Saturday. He ran with the first team today. OLB Morgan Breslin was still out today.
- Two-time Super Bowl champion Ray Lewis spoke to the team in the John McKay Center this afternoon, which meant a lot to Silas Redd who is "one of his biggest fans." What did he take away from the always inspiring Lewis? "Everything. I don't think I blinked once while he was talking."
- If Madden cannot play, Redd could start Saturday, but he admitted "things are still moving a little fast for me." However, he called his return against Arizona "perfect timing" as a warm-up for the rivalry game. "I feel much more comfortable now going into Notre Dame."
- Redd has played in some tough stadiums like Michigan and Alabama, but he has never had the pleasure of taking the field at Notre Dame Stadium. "This will be my first time out there," he said. "I heard it's a crazy atmosphere. I'm excited to see what that's all about."
- While many will try to downplay it, Lee acknowledged that this is not like every other week, "Notre Dame is a big, big game for us. We're just trying to stay focused."
- Cody Kessler is also excited to lead the Trojans' offense in the greatest intersectional rivalry in college football, but he knows he needs "to stay calm and make sure I stay collected and focus on the task at hand."
- Kessler caused a minor stir with his post-game comments strongly in support of Ed Orgeron, but he clarified today that he meant no disrespect to Lane Kiffin. In fact, he texted Kiffin an apology saying, "You were a great coach to me and I love you. I'm thankful for everything you did for me." Kiffin responded that he understood and took no offense.
- Marqise Lee set Twitter ablaze last week too with his exuberant facial expressions on the sideline. "I've seen those. Everybody sent them to me," said Lee, who loved how much fun his teammates were having on the field. "I was just excited. It just had me hyped"
- Lee is just happy to be in the discussion to play again this week. When he went down against Arizona State, he thought his season was done. "A knee injury is no joke," he said. "I was scared. I expected the worst when it first happened."
- Here is Ed Orgeron on bringing in Lewis, Lee's health and more...
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In his first season, head coach Andy Enfield is excited about this Trojans' team which will feature athletic wings J.T. Terrell and Byron Wesley running the break with new PG Pe'Shon Howard. Seven-foot senior center Omar Oraby could be the most dominant big man in the league.
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Asked her most embarrassing story, Leibert said she managed to sprain her thumb on a pom-pom a few weeks ago forcing her to miss part of the post-game performance. "I didn't know that was even possible," she said.
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With Ed Orgeron in charge, the Trojans are looking to reclaim supremacy in the Crosstown Rivalry. USC has won 12 of its last 14 versus UCLA.
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Ramsey is the sous chef at Morel's French Steakhouse & Bistro at The Grove in Los Angeles. He played most of his NFL career for the Philadelphia Eagles, the franchise that drafted him in the 6th round in 2006.
On Friday afternoon, members of the USC football team paid a visit to CHLA offering hope and spreading smiles as they traveled room to room meeting and encouraging patients. The Trojan hope force included Devon Kennard, Dion Bailey, Marqise Lee, Nelson Agholor, Josh Shaw, Soma Vainuku, Tre Madden, Justin Davis, Randall Telfer, Max Browne, and Anthony Neyer.
The Kalil Family
While the Matthews name has long been royalty in terms of Trojans in the NFL, the Kalil brothers are coming up as two of the greatest offensive linemen in USC history who are now Pro Bowlers in the league. On Sunday, Ryan Kalil (Panthers) and Matt Kalil (Vikings) squared off for the first time as pros, and to mark the occasion, their sister Danielle Sang the national anthem. The trio was pictured together on the Fox broadcast. Carolina dominated the game 35-10 giving big brother all the bragging rights.
Nick Perry, OLB, Packers - 5 tackles (3 solo) including a sack-forced fumble but he reportedly broke his foot in the game
Reggie Bush, RB, Lions - 17 carries for 78 yards plus 5 catches for 57 yards and a TD
Brian Cushing, LB, Texans - 5 tackles (2 solo) including one for loss
Jordan Cameron, TE, Browns - 5 catches for 64 yards
Troy Polamalu, S, Steelers - 5 tackles including 4 solo
Jurrell Casey, DT, Titans - 6 tackles and a cool Grantland profile
Carson Palmer, QB, Cardinals - 25/41 for 298 yards and 2 TDs/2 INTs
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The Trojans did not exactly bust out in terms of scoring, but they defended bravely on the road, and junior midfielder Alex Quincey delivered the equalizer against the Bears and the game-winner versus the Cardinal. The unbeaten weekend puts USC at 6-6-2 overall and 1-3-1 in Pac-12 play.
Here are happy duo head coach Ali Khosroshahin and freshman Kayla Mills after the big upset:
The Trojans have won both meeting against the Utes since they joined the Pac-12, including a Coliseum classic in 2011 which ended on a blocked field goal by Matt Kalil returned for a touchdown by Torin Harris.
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At 16-1 overall and 6-0 in Pac-12 play, the Women of Troy are off to their best start to a season and the program's best start to league matches since 2006 when the team was 17-1 and 6-0.
Here is freshman Ebony Nwanebu on Pac-12 Networks after the victory over the Ducks:
- After a couple days off, the team looked rejuvenated at Sunday's practice. Coming off the excitement of USC's 38-31 victory over Arizona, the coaching staff went right back to work implementing adjustments necessary after watching film this weekend.
- Interim head coach Ed Orgeron noted that the key corrections being made after Thursday are coverage issues in the secondary, increasing rotations on defense, and making sure players get to the right positions to make plays.
- Orgeron said his Saturday "felt like Christmas" after sitting down with Pete Jenkins, the Trojans' new assistant defensive line coach, to talk about specific techniques to use in their 3-4 defense. Orgeron is excited to work with Jenkins and said the coach will make a great addition to the team.
- The focus for the Trojans during Notre Dame rivalry week is to stay with the philosophy of having fun and playing with enthusiasm and physicality. Orgeron said the team realizes they have a big task ahead of them but also believes they're up for the challenge.
- "We realize that this is a rivalry game," said Orgeron. 'We have a lot of respect for our opponent. We need to take care of what we can control: the fundamentals and the style of play."
- It's only Sunday so the injury list remains fairly long, however Orgeron said he is very optimistic that most of the injured players will be back come Saturday. Listed as questionable are Morgan Breslin, Marqise Lee, and Victor Blackwell. Kevin Graf, Marquis Simmons, Tre Madden, Anthony Brown, Xavier Grimble, and Darreus Rodgers are all listed as probable.
- Orgeron said he loved the USC student section's "Coach O Cheer" heard during the game. Here's the rest of the coach's presser...
USC UA 2013 Pregame - Images by John McGillen
USC UA 2013 1st Half - Images by John McGillen
USC UA 2013 2nd Half - Images by John McGillen
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A Dream Realized
Interim head coach Ed Orgeron spent the night being showered with cheers by the Trojan Family, and he ended his first victory with a Gatorade shower from his players. It was his night. "I'm just happy to be the head coach here. Just to represent the University of Southern California with this team was just really special to me," said Orgeron. Coach O pressed all the right buttons in the preparation for this game, and his players responded with an emotional and physical performance befitting their new head coach.
After a week of cookies, movies and motivation, the Trojans came out on fire both on the field and the sideline. "That's our style," said Orgeron about the exuberance. "You've got to cut them loose. We like to play with emotion, and obviously that's what they did today." The players were extremely grateful for how Coach O handled the transition, and they wanted to return the favor with a victory. "We'll run through a wall for Coach O," said senior captain OLB Devon Kennard. "We wanted to get him this first win. He changed some things up and let us have a little fun, and we really embraced it."
Under the direction of new offensive coordinator Clay Helton, the Trojans featured a balanced attack with 249 yards rushing and 297 yards passing. The ground game was led by senior Silas Redd, who ran for a team-leading 80 yards in his season debut, but five different backs contributed. "I am the old man of the bunch," joked Redd. "It was just awesome to see those young guys perform so well and do their thing out there." When the Trojans needed a couple first downs to salt away the game at the end, the veteran came through. "They called on me and trusted me in that situation, and I had to deliver for them," said Redd, who admitted to some early rust. "I was home in that 4th quarter."
Spread the Wealth
Without Marqise Lee, the Trojans were down to two scholarship wide receivers, so Helton spread the ball around to six different pass catchers, including two running backs and two tight ends. He did lean on Nelson Agholor who delivered the biggest performance of his young career with 7 catches for 161 yards and 1 TD. Orgeron called Helton's performance "excellent" and graded out his play-calling as "A+". "You've got to give credit to the whole offensive staff. No turnovers. The way they performed tonight, excellent job," said Orgeron.
Staked to a 38-17 fourth quarter lead, the defense either ran out of gas or took its collective foot off the pedal. "That second half, we let some things go that we need to clean up," said Kennard, who would never admit to tiring out. "Unless the coach wants me to come out, I am not coming out. I'm going to give the team everything I've got." Orgeron stressed the need for improvement on defense, but he refused to get negative. "We didn't play defense like we should," he said. "We need to finish better, but the key is after all these guys have been through, we won the football game."
Bring on the Irish
Once the game ended, the realization hit all Trojan fans, it is Notre Dame week. "I can't wait...not only for a chance at revenge, but that atmosphere, and being in that stadium, I know it is going to be electrifying. We're ready," said Redd, who has never played at Notre Dame Stadium. Orgeron is relishing the opportunity to lead USC out on the field against its rival. "We will be prepared. We will not play scared. We will not coach scared," he said.
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Roscoe's Chicken and Waffles? Cookies? Ice cream? What do the Trojans get for a win? "I may even give them gumbo tomorrow," said the Louisiana native Ed Orgeron.
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Wildcat to Watch: Junior RB Ka'Deem Carey
Carey led the nation in rushing last season en route to All-American honors. Despite missing the 2013 opener, he has continued his torrid pace averaging 144 rush yards per game. He has topped the 100-yard mark in seven consecutive outings dating back to his Pac-12 single-game record 366 rush yards versus Colorado in 2012. He is powerful, yet explosive, and the Wildcats will ride him for 25+ carries in the Coliseum.
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Feed Off the Energy
The Coliseum has been anything but a fortress this season, but the home fans get a clean slate just like the players do with eight games to go and the Trojan Family is ready to rock. The players have been all smiles the last week getting some much needed rest, enjoying the Trojan Bowl, and the master motivator Coach O pressing all the right buttons. While a team never wants to be too hyped, in this case, enjoy the night and have fun.
The defensive leaders swear that the Arizona State performance was nothing but a bad night at the office. The Trojans came into the game as one of the nation's best defenses, but gave up 62 points on a night when the offense delivered 41. The Wildcats carved up the Trojans for 39 in Tucson last year, and Rich Rodriguez's teams are always capable of racking up yards and points. Even without Morgan Breslin, the front five must get back to penetrating the line of scrimmage, stuffing the run in the backfield and pressuring the passer.
Ed Orgeron set the tone with his opening practice statement (below). Breslin is likely out. Marqise Lee is not expected to play. The Trojans might have to rely on walk-on wide receivers. So what? USC has enough talent to win this game even without two of the nation's best players taken off an already diminished roster. Orgeron explained that this team needs consistency and belief. The scores of the losses (10-7 and 62-41) document the inconsistency, but the belief is a new concept. When the momentum is against this team, can the Trojans find the fortitude to fight back? Orgeron will make sure of it.
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Tiaina Baul "Junior" Seau was an All-American at USC before enjoying a soon-to-be Hall of Fame career in the NFL mostly with the San Diego Chargers. He is credited with starting the tradition of the Trojans top linebacker wearing No. 55.
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"We are particularly proud that Distinguished Professor Warshel has had such a long illustrious career at USC," said USC President C. L. Max Nikias. "For over four decades, Professor Warshel's forward-thinking ideas and his unique ability to combine insights from many fields have continued to expand the capabilities of computational chemistry, transforming computer simulations into a predictive tool for studying biological systems. This is the kind of path-breaking work by world-renowned faculty that our academic community nurtures and celebrates."
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- Interim head coach Ed Orgeron does not expect WR Marqise Lee nor OLB Morgan Breslin to be healthy enough to play Thursday night. He has not ruled either out, but he is doubtful.
- On the other hand, RB Justin Davis, WR Darreus Rogers and WR De'Von Flournoy are on the mend. They will all be game time decisions.
- RB Silas Redd is ready to roll, but Tre Madden will continue to start. Orgeron would like to use as many as five running backs this week if Davis is healthy. Along with Buck Allen, Ty Isaac could see a heavier workload.
- Orgeron announced plans to hire Pete Jenkins as an assistant defensive line coach. Jenkins, who is a 3-4 expert, was brought in earlier this season as a consultant. He was a longtime assistant at LSU, and mentored Orgeron early in his career.
- Before practice, Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Allen delivered an impassioned speech to the Trojans (pictured). Among other things, he stressed the team's responsibility and opportunity to fulfill its potential. "We have set the bar high, but we're not going to lower it for anybody. It is up to you guys to not only reach it, go beyond it. Set a new standard," Allen said.
- Orgeron on bringing legends back: "I think it's really important. We have a great tradition here. We need to lean on these guys, and these guys teach the younger guys how they did it."
- Just two days from leading the Trojans out of the tunnel as the head coach, Orgeron would not admit to nerves, but he is excited. "Come Thursday, I'm gonna be a little fired up," he said. "I don't know about nervous, but I'm gonna be fired up."
- Instead of lounging around the hotel, Orgeron is taking the team to a movie Wednesday night. They will have their pregame meetings during the day on Thursday since it is a night game. He does not know what movie, but, "I'm going to be on the bus. That's all I know."
- Here is Orgeron's final media session before his debut:
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- Ed Orgeron said that several players are battling to get healthy for Thursday including Marqise Lee, but the Biletnikoff Award winner is "very questionable."
- RB Justin Davis and WR Darreus Rogers, both rehabbing ankle injuries, participated on a limited basis.
- For most of the competitive portion of practice, the first teams went against the second teams which gave them a look at Arizona's scheme. Orgeron wanted to simulate the speed of the Wildcats on both sides of the ball.
- The eyes will be on the USC defense this week to see if Arizona State's 62 point performance was an aberration or the start of a troubling trend. "Adversity is here. Now, it is how we respond to it," said DL George Uko.
- Uko tipped his hat to ASU, but he put the onus on himself and his teammates. "The confidence was never lost. We just all felt like that was a fluke. We know that is not going to happen again," he said.
- Arizona head coach Rich Rodriguez can pile up the yardage and points as he proved in the Wildcats 39-36 win over the Trojans in Tucson last year. "He spreads it around and has a lot of good concepts in the passing game, but ultimately, he really wants to run the ball. That's really who they are," said USC LB coach Mike Ekeler.
- The Wildcats are led by junior RB Ka'Deem Carey who led the nation in rushing last season. After sitting out the opener, he has posted games of 171, 128 and 132 rush yards. "Just really impressed with the guy," said Ekeler about the stocky, powerful tailback. "We are going to have to get a lot of hats to him and be physical at the point of contact."
- The team has seen Orgeron in a different light this week. As an assistant, he was tasked as the gruff motivator, but he has shown a more tender side as the head coach. "He wants this to be like a big family," said Uko. "He wants to reward us. He wants to show us that he appreciates our work, which makes you want to work for him more."
- Orgeron will continue to lead the team out of the tunnel. "Oh yeah, I like doing that," he said. "It's really an honor to go down that tunnel."
- Here is the head coach who expanded on the renewed energy at practice:
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USC has been alerted that individuals posing as USC representatives made overtures to two coaches regarding the Trojans' head coaching position.
In one instance, a person falsely identifying himself as a high-ranking member of the USC athletic department attempted to make contact several times with the Denver Broncos' coaching staff to discuss the Trojan job. That person has been identified by USC and appropriate action is being taken.
In another, someone claiming to represent USC reached out to a contact of former NFL head coach and current NBC broadcaster Tony Dungy, who said on today's Dan Patrick Show that he had no interest in the Trojan job. That person, again not a representative of USC, also has been identified and USC is in the process of contacting that individual.
"Tony's discussion on the radio today of being contacted by USC was a complete surprise to us," USC Athletic Director Pat Haden said. "So were the calls made to the Broncos. I can assure you no authorized representative of USC or our athletic department made these calls.
"As I said last week, we will not comment on every name that comes out. It would be a disservice to our players and coaches, who are devoting everything they have into the remainder of our season. We have a head coach right now in Ed Orgeron. We have not offered the job to anyone."
Nick Perry, OLB, Packers - 5 solo tackles including 2 sacks and a forced fumble
In his first season, Perry struggled with the adjustment from 4-3 defensive end to 3-4 outside linebacker after being drafted by the Packers in the first round. He also missed the final 10 games of his rookie season with an injury. Now in his second year, Perry had a breakout game on Sunday recording a pair of sacks and forcing a fumble. Playing bookend to Clay Matthews, who had a sack of his own, the USC tandem terrorized Lions QB Matthew Stafford in a 22-9 Green Bay victory.
Clay Matthews, OLB, Packers - 5 tackles (4 solo) and a sack, but he broke his thumb
Robert Woods, WR, Bills - 5 catches for 64 yards
Keith Rivers, LB, Giants - 6 tackles (4 solo)
Rey Maualuga, LB, Bengals - 4 solo tackles in a dominating defensive performance vs. Patriots
Tyron Smith, OT, Cowboys - Protected Tony Romo who passed for 506 yards
Brian Cushing, LB, Texans - 6 tackles (5 solo) including one for loss
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The Trojans now begin a four-match road trip with a weekend at the Oregon schools followed by a weekend in Arizona.
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Freshman Ebony Nwabenu's emergence has sparked this winning streak. The Texan posted a career-best 21 kills to go along with five blocks in the defeat of Cal. She had a match-high 13 kills in the victory over the Cardinal.
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Mace Rapsey (5), Nikola Vavic (4) and Kostas Genidounias (4) combined to score 13 of the 18 goals for the Trojans. James Clark made 11 saves in goal.
Mpolo v UCI 10/5/2013 - Images by John McGillen
- Silas Redd looked more than 100 percent as the senior running back took multiple snaps in today's practice in preparation for his first start of the 2013 season. Redd stated that everything felt "strong" and that there was no doubt in his mind on whether he would be playing on Thursday. In terms of splitting time with Tre Madden and Justin Davis, Redd confidently stated, "I'm not trying to be cocky but I just don't think I can be left off the field." However, he also praised the young running backs' talent saying, "Our depth at running back is unbelievable."
- In reference to the obstacles he's faced in his college career, the running back added, "God gives the hardest battles to his strongest soldiers." Redd transferred to USC after the Sandusky scandal at Penn State left the organization with serious sanctions, and he has now missed the entire 2013 season so far due to off-season surgery.
- Regarding the other injuries, Coach O told the media that wide receiver Marqise Lee is questionable and that it continues to be day-by-day. Silas Redd, Justin Davis, and De'Von Flournoy are all probable while Morgan Breslin, Darreus Rogers, and Anthony Brown are all questionable. D.J. Morgan remains out with a knee injury.
- The biggest focus of practice today was on preparing for an Arizona defense that ranks 29th in total defense. Coach O was especially concerned with Arizona's ability to force turnovers as the Wildcats boast an impressive +5 turnover ratio. This concern comes in the wake of a game against Arizona State where the Trojans turned the ball over four times resulting in 20 points for the Sun Devils.
- "It's going to be about us executing our offense and doing what we need to do," said the head coach. "Obviously, it's going to be the first time that Clay is going to be calling plays so I want him to feel comfortable and be able to call the plays he seems fit." When it comes down to it, Coach O said that all the Trojans need to do to fix the offense is to play "good, simple football."
- One noticeable change in the Orgeron era as head coach is that quarterbacks no longer wear the different yellow jerseys in practice to protect them from accidentally getting hit by one of their teammates. Coach O said this was because the Trojans are "one team, one heartbeat" and the last time he checked our colors were cardinal and gold. Starting quarterback Cody Kessler said, "That's what's awesome about Coach O. He can take something as simple as the color of your uniform and make it all about the team."
- The Trojans practiced at breakneck speed for about 45 minutes. Ed Orgeron split the field up 1s vs. 1s and 2s vs. 2s, so the whole team could play simultaneously. The strategy, which was typical of Pete Carroll in his USC days, maximizes efficiency.
- Orgeron would like to change the pace within the offense as well, but he is not sure the team will be ready to go uptempo for the Arizona game.
- On the injury front, RB Justin Davis' ankle sprain was not as bad as first thought, Orgeron updated. Lee and company continue to rehab.
- Silas Redd is "fired up" according to the head coach. He is still on track to debut on Thursday.
- After practice, Orgeron and his assistants are planning on blanketing Los Angeles in an effort to reclaim recruiting supremacy at home. "We're going back into the mold that we need to really be visible in the city of Los Angeles," said Orgeron. "These guys from southern California always want to go to USC regardless of the situation. This is still a powerful, powerful place."
- While Orgeron understands that the Trojans have positions of need, he is looking for "the 19 best players available" in this class.
- The Trojans return to the practice field Sunday. Here is Orgeron:
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The Trojan Bowl is a bye week tradition that Ed Orgeron took from his University of Miami days. The celebratory night was topped off by some Roscoe's Chicken and Waffles.
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- After a long week, the main focus of today's Trojan Bowl was to let some of the younger guys get reps while the entire team blew off some steam on the last day of the bye week. Elected defensive head coach Devon Kennard said, "It's the only opportunity we have all season to do something like this and it just refreshes everybody's spirits. Tomorrow, we will have a fresh mind and be ready to go."
- The bye week has proven to be exactly what the team needed as it has allowed the team the opportunity to "step back and look at what this year has really been like so far" according to Kennard. He said, "We're really emphasizing that this is a new start, a new season for us. Our goal is to go 8-0 but you've got to take it one game at a time and that starts with [Arizona] Thursday."
- Now that the defense has had some time to reflect on Saturday's game against Arizona State, they were all frustrated with their performance. Kennard said the defense will be "playing with a chip on their shoulder" against Arizona while Hayes Pullard credited Saturday's poor performance to minor mistakes. He added, "We played a great offense and if you make a minor mistake, they will take advantage of it and that's what they did."
- News came out today that USC offered a coaching job to ex-Cal coach Jeff Tedford as an offensive consultant and recruiter. Coach O confirmed this report saying, "I did call him to see if he was interested at some capacity. He was very complimentary of USC and very supportive of what we wanted to do but he just had other things he had in mind. I did not call anyone else."
- Coach O has been very impressed with the team leaders like senior Devon Kennard saying, "The leadership has been great...They are walking around like they want to be here and I think they are really talking to the younger guys saying this is our season. They control their own destiny."
- Devon Kennard and the rest of the defensive line are equally as impressed with Coach O's performance as interim head coach. Kennard spoke of Coach O's coaching style saying, "For us D-linemen it's nothing new. It's the same energy and same stuff we bring every day. It's just crazy to see it on a whole team scale...At out practice yesterday he was yelling at some of the offensive guys and they were responding really well because they weren't used to having him in the offensive huddle yelling at them."
- Next Thursday marks the first Thursday night game in the history of the Coliseum as the Trojans face the Arizona Wildcats. Coach O said, "My stomach's going to be turning but I hope that I coach with a lot of confidence."
- In terms of preparation, he said they are focusing on "doing the right things, playing like we say we are going to play, taking care of the ball, being physical, playing good defense, and playing as a team." He added, "We need to put it all together. I want these guys to feel good about themselves."
- Finally, when asked about whether the lack of depth and amount of injuries will impact the physicality of the game, Coach O emphatically responded, "Not at all."
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The university has not canceled classes, so with school in session, tailgating or picnicking of any kind will NOT be permitted on campus which includes campus buildings, fraternity row, parks and plazas. In addition, football game attendees will NOT be allowed to park on campus in lots, structures or otherwise.
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- Tailgating at the Coliseum and Exposition Park will be allowed as on a normal game day.
- The Cardinal & Gold picnic in and around the Sports Arena will be open to ALL game ticket holders for $60 per person. Reservations are based on availability. For more info, call (213) 740-4155.
- We will also host a special catered pregame tailgate at Galen Center for $25 per person, which is open to all fans. Click here to email your reservation for the Galen Center party.
- If you choose to park at LA Live (see below), the restaurants will be open and welcoming USC fans. In particular, the Lawry's Carvery is offering USC vs. Arizona ticket holders 10% off on the day of the game.
- Parking at the Coliseum will remain the same for pass holders of those lots.
- In addition, the USC Parking Center (Jefferson & Grand), PS1 (Flower next to the Radisson), PS2 (Exposition and Figueroa) and the Shrine Lot (Jefferson across from Gate 4) will be open. Campus season parking passes will be honored at these lots.
- LA Live is opening up lots 6 and 7 (Figueroa between 11th and 12th) to USC game attendees. Shuttles from LA Live to the Coliseum will be FREE to all USC game ticket holders.
- Finally, the St. Vincent Elementary School on 2333 S. Figueroa St. (Adams Blvd.) will open its lot at 4 p.m. on a first come, first serve basis.
- CID Entertainment is providing a park and ride Trojan Express Bus from locations around Los Angeles and Orange County. The buses will drop-off and pick-up at the Coliseum (Exposition Blvd. between Pardee Way and Bill Robertson).
- Shuttles will originate from Anaheim, Pasadena, Ontario, Ventura and Gardena/South Bay. Click here for all the specific info and to reserve tickets.
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Of her six competitive rounds so far this season, Kim has finished in the 60s in five of them.
- Ed Orgeron has reopened practices to the media. "I miss y'all," he said when asked why he did it. "It is good for the team. It is good for USC. I like the exposure. We are what we are, come see us and write about it."
- Coach O also released an injury report: OLB Morgan Breslin (hip strain), WR De'Von Flournoy (sprained ankle), Marqise Lee (knee sprain), Darreus Rogers (ankle sprain) and Silas Redd (knee). Freshman RB Justin Davis sprained his ankle during practice, but the severity is unknown at this time. For more, watch the video below.
- Orgeron on Lee: "We're going to try to get him ready for next Thursday. You know Marqise Lee makes some miraculous recoveries."
- Senior RB Silas Redd announced that he will make his season debut in eight days against Arizona. He declared himself 100%.
- Orgeron will not be using injuries or scholarship limitations as an excuse, "We have our team. It's what it is. It's what we are. We're Trojans. We put 11 out on the field and we fight."
- New offensive coordinator Clay Helton is moving from the press box to the field to call plays. WR coach Tee Martin will switch to the press box. "I have total trust in him," Helton said of Martin. "He has great vision."
- As for the plays, Helton is keeping the game plan close to his vest, but in general, "We're going to establish the mentality of Coach Orgeron, our head coach, being able to run the ball and do play-action off of it," he said.
- Practice today was spirited as the Trojans kicked off the bye week with an aggressive session. "We just weren't out there going through the motions. Football is there to be fun," said Orgeron.
- While Orgeron is a defensive minded coach, he did not limit himself to that side of the field. "I love being able to get into the offense," he said with a big smile. "Get them right. Scream at the quarterback. All that kind of stuff."
- QB Cody Kessler noticed a new voice in the offensive huddle today. "There's no one else like him," Kessler said. Most of all, he admires Orgeron's "competitiveness" saying, "You gotta love that in a head coach."
- The players were rocked by the news of Lane Kiffin's ousting. Redd described the initial feeling as "shock and awe" as he did not find out until the next morning because his phone battery had died. "I had no clue that it was coming after the game."
- Kessler dismissed reports that players were "happy" or "relieved" saying, "That's not the case at all, especially losing a
coach. It's never a good situation regardless of where you are at."
- According to Redd, Coach O's first message to the team was "that we are going to have fun. We are going to make this a fun team, and so far, it has been exactly that."
- In terms of comparing the two head coaches, Redd said, "They are just two different type of people. Kiff is a little more strict, a little more stringent, and Coach O is a little more loose."
- As for immediate changes, Orgeron brought desserts back to the team's training table dinners, "You feed a lineman a cookie, he's happy."
- Orgeron described the weekend as a "whirlwind." On Sunday, "It was a lot of sadness. [Kiffin] did a lot of things for us, and I felt for him. I have been fired before." Orgeron said the toughest part is explaining it all to your kids who are seeing the coverage on TV.
- Finally, the realization that he was the USC head coach hit him early Monday morning around 2 a.m., "We gotta go," he said to himself. "This is my shot. This is our shot as a team."
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"We are excited about our schedule, which we think is extremely challenging, playing 18 of our 53 games against 2013 NCAA Regional teams. We are looking forward to hosting Northwestern, North Dakota State and Cal Poly in our non-conference series, along with the annual Dodgertown Classic," said Hubbs.
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In terms of Pac-12 opponents coming to Dedeaux Field, USC will welcome Washington, Utah, Arizona, Cal and Oregon State in 2014.
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The Women of Troy were paced by sophomore Kyung Kim who tied for second individually shooting 3-under for the event. After winning the Dale McNamara Fall Preview with three rounds in the 60s, Kim opened this tournament posting 69 and 68 to become the first Trojan to open a season with five consecutive rounds in the 60s.
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RHP Ryan Cook and LHP Tommy Milone are expected to play important roles for the Oakland A's. The AL West champions will host the Detroit Tigers to start the ALDS.
Cook (pictured) pitched to a 2.54 ERA out of the A's bullpen, while Milone went 12-9 in 26 starts with a 4.14 ERA.
In the National League, Nick Buss got a late season call-up for the NL West champion Dodgers, but he is unlikely to make the postseason roster for the NLDS. J.P. Howell, who split his college career between USC and Texas, will be a lefty out of the pen for L.A. after going 4-1 with a 2.03 ERA this season.
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"That's been a real tough time," Carroll told reporters Monday in Seattle. "It's been a hard time for the Trojan family, a hard couple of years. This is difficult too.
"It's getting a lot of interest for obvious reasons. It's a huge program and all of that. I've known Lane since he was a little kid, so I feel for him in this situation. But they've made a decisive move and they're going to move forward. They'll make a good choice and get the thing going the way they want to go. But it's very difficult."
"Ed [Orgeron] has been through enough as a head coach and he's got a real way about him that resonate, and he can take control of a very difficult situation and make something happen that's positive," Carroll said.
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