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BC Tuesday: Notes

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The Trojans survived a physical contest against Stanford with minimal injuries...
  • DE Leonard Williams (ankle) did not practice today, but the coaches and trainers were happy with how he came through the game, and head coach Steve Sarkisian fully expects him to play and even maybe practice this week.
  • RB Tre Madden (turf toe) is still likely out through the bye week as is LB Lamar Dawson (knee).  Freshman S John Plattenburg strained his Achilles' tendon.
  • The key word of the week is "letdown" as in the Trojans need to avoid any emotional hangover from the big win on the Farm.  "We still have a game to play," said RB Buck Allen. "Rankings don't matter. For the school it matters, it looks good, but as a player, for me, it don't matter because at the end of the day I have to play. Every game is important. You can't get trapped up in no game thinking it's an easy game. Every game is important."
  • On the other hand, the Trojans take a lot of confidence from the Stanford win. "There's a lot of momentum in LA right now for the Trojans," said RB Justin Davis. "But we're definitely not going to let our heads get big after that win. We go back to the drawing board, treat it like it's week one all over again. We're just going to take it one game at a time, play Boston College this weekend and hopefully it all comes out good in the end."
  • The Eagles present a similar challenge to the Cardinal as they will want to impose their physicality up front.  They are averaging 240 rush yards per game (26th in the nation) and their defensive line looks like a basketball team. "Boston College is really big," said Davis. "They have 6-foot-7 and 6-foot-9 guys up front. Similar to Stanford, they're going to be very physical up front and we've got to bring it to them."
  • Allen and Davis supplied most of the offense against Stanford, but they gave credit to the big men for paving the way. "I've got to give it to my O-Line," said Allen. "They did a great job. Without them I wouldn't have gotten my career-high. I feel like I'm just the man behind-the-scenes. I give all credit to them. Coach Drevno does a great job preparing those guys throughout the week. We do a good job keeping those guys conditioned and make sure they hone everything and are doing the right calls. Max [Tuerk] does a great job of taking control."
  • Sarkisian on the young offensive line: "We've tried not to put too much on their plate where they are thinking too much at the line of scrimmage. We're trying to allow them to play to their strengths."
  • While many of the Trojans have never been to Boston before, they won't be taking in the sights on this trip. "They can go on a vacation later. This is a business trip," said Sarkisian. "We're going there to win the game and that will be our focus."
  • With Hayes Pullard sitting out the first half, Michael Hutchings will start the game in his place, and freshman Olajuwon Tucker will back him up.
  • Here is Sarkisian after this morning's practice...



UNFILTERED: Stanford

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USC cracked the Top 10 coming in at No. 9 in the new AP Top 25.  Here's an UNFILTERED look at how the Trojans did it:


#USCtotheNFL in 2014

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The opening weekend of the 2014 NFL season featured some great performances by Trojans, which we will highlight weekly, starting tomorrow.  But first, below is the complete list of the 37 active USC alums on NFL opening day rosters.

Seahawks-Celebration-Getty.jpgOf note, several players made practice squads including OL Kevin Graf (Eagles), DL Christian Tupou (Cardinals) and TE Kevin Greene (Bengals), while others like TE Anthony McCoy (Seahawks), FB Stanley Havili (Colts), DL Fili Moala (Colts) and OL Sam Baker (Falcons) are on injured reserve or physical unable to perform.

The list also does not include coaches with Trojan ties like Super Bowl champion Pete Carroll or Rams head coach Jeff Fisher.  We are still waiting on word from the NFL as to which school has the most NFL players this season, which is a list USC topped in 2013. 

QB Carson Palmer (Cardinals)
DE Frostee Rucker (Cardinals)
LB Keith Rivers (Bills)
CB Nickell Robey (Bills)
WR Robert Woods (Bills)
DE Wes Horton (Panthers)
C Ryan Kalil (Panthers)
LB Rey Maualuga (Bengals)
S Taylor Mays (Bengals)
TE Jordan Cameron (Browns)
OL Tyron Smith (Cowboys)
RB Reggie Bush (Lions)*
OLB Clay Matthews (Packers)
OLB Nick Perry (Packers)
LB Brian Cushing (Texans)
C Khaled Holmes (Colts)
WR Marqise Lee (Jaguars)
RB Joe McKnight (Chiefs)
QB Matt Cassel (Vikings)
TE Rhett Ellison (Vikings)
OT Matt Kalil (Vikings)
DE Everson Griffen (Vikings)
OT Charles Brown (Giants)
LB Devon Kennard (Giants)
DL Mike Patterson (Giants)
TE David Ausberry (Raiders)
LB Kaluka Maiava (Raiders)
QB Matt Barkley (Eagles)
QB Mark Sanchez (Eagles)
S Troy Polamalu (Steelers)
CB Shareece Wright (Chargers)
OL Marcus Martin (49ers)
LB Malcolm Smith (Seahawks)
LB Mike Morgan (Seahawks)
S T.J. McDonald (Rams)
DT Jurrell Casey (Titans)
RB Silas Redd (Redskins)

*Pursuant to the NCAA/COI report of 6/10/10, USC was directed to disassociate itself from Reggie Bush.

Status Quo

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No. 2 USC men's water polo officially jumped in the pool for the first time this fall and picked up right where they left off winning all four games at the Triton Invitational in San Diego by a combined score of 80-18.  Included in the weekend demolition, the Trojans hammered Pacific 10-3 in a rematch of last year's NCAA Title Match.

Click here for the recap.

Kostas Genidounias (pictured) led the team in scoring in all four games netting 15 goals total as he continues to pursue the all-time USC scoring record set last year by Nikola Vavic.  The Trojans will have four more games this weekend at the Inland Empire Classic in Redlands.

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Sarkisian Q&A: Boston College

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In the aftermath of the big win over Stanford and Boston College next on the schedule, USC head coach Steve Sarkisian sat down for his weekly Q&A to discuss the hot topics around the team.


Claiming the Commonwealth

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No. 6 USC women's volleyball continued a perfect start to the season by defeating Creighton, Kentucky and Northern Iowa to win the Commonwealth Classic in Lexington.  The Women of Troy dropped just one set (to Creighton) in three matches.

Click here for the recap.

Sophomore Ebony Nwanebu was named tournament MVP, while Samantha Bricio and Brittany Abercrombie joined her on the all-tournament team.  The undefeated Trojans now return home for the USC Classic against SEC powers Texas A&M (Thursday at 8 p.m.) and Florida (Friday at 7:30 p.m.).

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Soccer Stunner

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No. 17 USC women's soccer opened McAlister Field in style by slamming eight goals past UC Riverside, which is a new school record.  The unbeaten Women of Troy had dual hat tricks for the first time in program history as Jamie Fink and Alex Quincey each found the net three times.

Click here for the recap.

While Fink and Quincey combined to score three-quarters of the goals, Megan Borman got the action started with a wonder strike from near half field.  Here are all eight goals...


Sarkisian on The Herd and DP Show

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USC head coach Steve Sarkisian made the morning radio show rounds to express his regret over Saturday's sideline actions and discuss the big win over Stanford.

Click here to listen to Sarkisian with Colin Cowherd.

Here is Sarkisian on the Dan Patrick Show:


Williams, Heidari Honored by Pac-12

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DE Leonard Williams, who gutted through an ankle injury to record a team-high 11 tackles plus a sack, and PK Andre Heidari, who booted the game-winner from a career-best 53 yards out, were named the Pac-12 Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week. 

Click here for the complete release.

In the season's first two weeks, the Trojans have already had three Pac-12 Players of the Week as Williams and Heidari joined Cody Kessler, who picked up offensive honors for his performance against Fresno State.

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Pac-12 Disciplines Haden and Sarkisian

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The Pac-12 reprimanded USC Athletic Director Pat Haden and head coach Steve Sarkisian today for their "inappropriate sideline conduct" at Stanford.  Haden was also fined $25,000 by the conference.

"The conduct by USC Athletics Director Pat Haden was inappropriate," said Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott. "Such actions by an administrator in attempt to influence the officiating, and ultimately the outcome of a contest, will not be tolerated."

"The conduct by both Sarkisian and Haden were in clear violation of our Conference's Standards of Conduct policy," added Scott. "We appreciate the public apology and recognition of the errors in judgment, as well as Pat Haden's self-imposed 2-game sideline ban. We took this into consideration as we determined the discipline. Nonetheless, the actions fell short of our expectation of our head coaches and athletics directors as role models for our student-athletes and important leaders of our institutions."

Click here for the complete Pac-12 release.

For his part, Sarkisian issued his own additional statement today, saying, "I regret putting Pat in the situation I put him in on Saturday.  It is my job to manage the game, not Pat's.  For the good of the game, I will be better on this in the future."

Haden made a public apology Sunday night as well as self-imposing a two-game sideline ban.

College Football Playoff Executive Director Bill Hancock on Haden:

"Emotional outbursts at games are not a matter for the playoff selection committee to deal with. This does not affect Pat Haden's capability as a committee member. We recognize that athletic directors cannot be dispassionate about their own teams, and that's why we have the recusal policy."