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Rumormongering: The New Regime Will Include A New AD

What we’ve heard from one source (purportedly) close to the program: Jack Del Rio as the new head coach, bringing Kennedy Pola and Norm Chow with him (no word on Orgeron). And perhaps the bigger story, Garrett to be replaced by Rich McKay, son of USC coaching legend John McKay. Stay tuned as we try […]

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The Skinny: Updated List of Candidates

Two to mark off the list: *Mike Riley: Decided to stay in his hometown and can thank USC for a contract extension taking him through the 2019 season. Oregon State is a great fit for him and he even acknowledges that leaving Oregon State the first time was the worst mistake of his coaching career. […]

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ESPN: Riley Staying At OSU

ESPN’s Ted Miller reports that #1 choice for Pete’s replacement is no more: Mike Riley has agreed to a three-year contract extension with Oregon State, which would seemingly end his rumored candidacy to replace Pete Carroll at USC. The extension runs through the 2019 season. Terms, a school spokesman said, will be disclosed later. That […]

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HIGHLIGHTS: UCLA 2009

The defense looked like the defense Trojan fans are accustomed to. Interceptions, fumble recoveries, sacks, blocked passes, tackles for loss of yards was a common sight. Awesome performance! The offense still sputtered, but it was enough to win the game and that’s all that matters. Matt Barkley’s 48 yard touchdown pass to Damian Williams late […]

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Bill Plaschke Channel’s his Inner Bruin

More photos » by Michael Conroy – AP Browse more photos » The angle being taken for this weeks game against ucla is a predictable one. While USC has struggled of late, ucla is being seen as “surging”. While one has seemingly lost its identity the other looks to be finding theirs. I think there […]

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What to watch in the Pac-10

Posted by ESPN.com’s Ted Miller The big one is in Eugene but every game matters. Three teams are chilling at home. 1. Matt Barkley thinks Autzen Stadium is going to be a barrel of monkeys: Matt Barkley told the LA Times that he’s looks forward to playing in Autzen Stadium — “the energy is going […]

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Reasons For Offensive Decline

I think three reasons can trace USC’s decline in scoring in Pac-10 games from 2002-05 to 2006-08. 1. Norm Chow. 2. Reggie Bush. 3. The decrease in takeaways. Here’s some stats from the Morning Buzz: USC’s takeaways decreased the past four seasons. The Trojans averaged 38 per year in Carroll’s first five seasons. But in […]

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Got your back? A look at backup QBs in the Pac-10

Posted by ESPN.com’s Ted Miller The backup quarterback is just a bruised shoulder or broken jaw away from taking over the most critical position on the field — just ask USC or UCLA. There’s already been plenty of quarterback movement in the conference — injuries, depth chart changes, etc. — so it seemed like a […]

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The Chowista’s came out in droves this week

It’s that time of the month again for some in the press… The time for them to pine for the past when USC doesn’t live up to expectations. We hear it constantly from the insufferable Scott Wolf. We recently heard it from the insufferable Matt Hayes. And now Chris Dufresne has joined the chorus (circus?). […]

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UCLA’s Norm Chow talks offense

Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller If you just want to cut to the chase, he's the best offensive coordinator in the history of college football. In 33 seasons at the collegiate level, Norm Chow has been part of three national championships, guided three Heisman Trophy winners, coached eight of the NCAA's top 30 in career […]

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A Little More on the Te’o/Toma “package deal”

I’ve grown tired of the whole soap opera swirling around Manti Te’o’s decision not to come to USC and the probable package deal that brought both Te’o and Roby Toma to Notre Dame. A lot of what I read seems like sour grapes but becuase we have never seen either of our rivals use this […]

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USC football recruiting: Did Chow influence Te’o?

How surprising was it Manti Te’o, the top-ranked linebacker in the nation, chose Notre Dame over USC on signing day? “I was shocked about Te’o, absolutely floored,” said Greg Biggins, recruiting director for ESPN RISE. “For three years it was either USC or BYU. When he eliminated BYU everyone thought it was a done deal, […]

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