UCLA Thursday: Notes

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The 2013 USC senior class ran the gauntlet off the field as per tradition after the final full practice of the regular season.
  • The Trojans enjoyed their team dinner at the Cheesecake Factory last night.  "The guys had a great meal last night, and they were in good spirits today," said Ed Orgeron, who gobbled down two pieces of cheesecake.
  • The local players will head home today to eat and celebrate with their families, and the out-of-towners will join their teammates.  Orgeron's family is in town from Louisiana to celebrate with him.
  • Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Allen drove down from Santa Barbara "just to say hello to the team" this morning.  He has been a close confidant of Orgeron since he took over as interim head coach.  "I really appreciate him as a friend and a Trojan," Orgeron said.
  • Orgeron is famous for chastising Trojans for wearing any shade of blue during UCLA week, but he let Allen slide.  "I was in a very kind mood today," he said.  "I've let the blue thing slip a couple times this week.  Just as long as we win the game, I think it is going to be okay."
  • Orgeron is proud of his eight-game run as interim head coach. "I know this. When we walk out of the stadium on Saturday night, I feel that this group of men, these coaches and these players, have given everything they possibly can just like we said we would. That's a satisfying feeling."
  • Here is Orgeron on Thanksgiving...

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