Aside from working at practice, managers experience home and away games from a unique perspective on the field during pregame warmups and on the USC sideline during the game. In addition, managers travel and stay with the team for away games and postseason play. Plus, managers also get all the Nike swag that the players receive.
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Bad on the Boards
The Trojans were out-rebounded 41 to 20 on Wednesday night, and with UCLA scoring 46 points in the paint, that ratio clearly made all the difference. Head coach Andy Enfield noted a lack of physicality on behalf of the Trojans, as well as a high number of missed shots which both contributed to the significant difference in rebounds. Junior forward Darion Clark summed up his team's underwhelming performance saying, "We've just got to be tougher. It's as simple as that. They killed us on the boards. We got punked."
Second Half Slump
Possessing a three-point lead with nearly three minutes to go in the first half, things were looking good, but USC completely fell apart after that. As Enfield described, the Trojans were "put back on their heels" in the second half and had a difficult time stopping the Bruins who went on a 19-6 run in the first eight minutes after the break. According to Clark, a team captain, the Trojans lost focus in the second half, a habit he says the team is intent on breaking. "We've been pretty inconsistent to start the second half all season," Clark explained. "There are a lot of different things that lead to it but it's a problem we are going to have to fix. This is what happens when you are a young team. At any point you lose focus, the teams we are going to play against in the Pac-12 can make a run and before you know it, it's a 20-point game."
Catching a Break
USC doesn't play again until January 22 when the Trojans travel to Oregon for their second conference road trip of the season. The eight-day break will provide much-needed time for the Trojans to review film from their last two losses and implement some of the changes Enfield and his staff want to see. "We need to regroup and come back next week," the head coach said after the game. "Defensively, we need to be able to contain the penetration and keep the ball out of the paint. We don't have a true shot-blocker on our team but our guards have to do a better job and we have to play better team defense. If we're going to win games on the road, we have to defend."
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Boyd's Trojans went 216-131 overall from 1967 through 1979 and played in the postseason 4 times (the 1979 NCAA playoffs, 1973 NIT and 1974 and 1975 Commissioner's Conference tourney). His 1971 Trojan team, which went 24-2 and was ranked No. 5 nationally (Troy was No. 1 at midseason), is regarded among USC's best (he also won 24 games in 1974).
His wins over UCLA in 1969 and 1970 were the Bruins' first losses in Pauley Pavilion. He was twice named the conference Coach of the Year. He sent 10 Trojans into the NBA, including Paul Westphal and Gus Williams.
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Freshman PG Jordan McLaughlin is healthy again after rehabbing a shoulder injury, so he will lead the Trojans against the Bruins, a team that lost five straight games before sweeping the Bay Area schools last week.
"This was a hard decision, one I thought over long and hard," Farmer said. "I received input from my family and the coaches, and ultimately it was my decision. I feel like l am ready for the next level, so I am forgoing my senior year and I will work hard to prepare for the NFL."I want to thank everyone at USC, my teammates, the coaches and the fans. I had a great time here and will treasure the opportunities we shared."
In his career, Farmer had 30 catches for 363 yards (12.1 avg.) with 4 TDs, plus 7 carries for 17 yards (2.4 avg.), 3 kickoff returns for 59 yards (19.7 avg.) and 2 tackles. As a junior in 2014 while appearing in 11 games and starting 4 times, he had 25 receptions for 314 yards (12.6 avg) with 4 TDs, including a pair of touchdown catches against Notre Dame.
"George and I met, and I gave him my thoughts about him leaving USC early, the pros and the cons," said head coach Steve Sarkisian. "At the end of the day, he made his decision, so we will support him and wish him the best."
USC finished the season ranked No. 20 in the AP Top 25, and ESPN projected the Trojans at No. 4 in the "way-too-early" 2015 Top 25. But, before any of that, here is one last look back at the Top Plays of 2014.