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Tackle Time

I mocked the depth chart released last spring because it showed Charles Brown and Butch Lewis at left tackle while Alex Parsons started at right tackle. And it took about five minutes in training camp for Lewis to take over at right tackle. He and Brown are established starters right now. Pat Ruel said Nick […]

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The Golden Ruel

(Image by Phil/TrojanWire) Long overdue props to the man with the mustache. Pat Ruel has groomed offensive line juggernauts Ryan Kalil, Deuce Lutui, Sam Baker, Fred Matua and Winston Justice. His draw is comparable to that of Ed Orgeron and has helped him win many recruits outside his position. Possibly something that Carroll rubbed off […]

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Gone Camping

Father’s Day has come and gone and I know you’re already busy planning for next year. Here’s something to file away. Assuming it happens around the same time in 2009, Dad might love a trip to the USC Flashback Fantasy Camp. In the video above, you get a taste of what it’s like for participants […]

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Fat Man Football

You may watch this little Friday night walk-through tradition, and wonder how USC ever wins any games at all. But O-Line coach Pat Ruel does have 34 years of experience in both college and the NFL, and has molded such talents as Sam Baker and Ryan Kalil, so he must be doing something right. And […]

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The Golden Ruel

Offensive line coach Pat Ruel is upset at agents again as offensive guard Chilo Rachal ponders turning pro. “These agents told Fred Matua he was going on the first day and Winston Justice he was going in the first round. They lie.”

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The Granddaddy of All Photo Essays

After taking several hundred photos at the Rose Bowl, I’ve only used a few in this blog. To do the Granddaddy of Them All some justice, here’s a photo essay showing what it was like to be there on game day. Crews put the finishing touches on the stadium in the early morning on January […]

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Baker: No regrets

<!–start image–><!– end image–>Sam Baker has played through injuries this season and will not have much time to nurse his sore ribs and hamstring before the draft. Although his draft status has fluctuated, Baker and line coach Pat Ruel insist the senior made the right move in returning. “You don’t get your degree, you don’t […]

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Staying Put

In today’s paper, I wrote about offensive line coach Pat Ruel saying he would return next season. He received job offers from NFL teams the past two years. “What I really want is another championship. I want to be back in that atmosphere,’’ Ruel said. “It crushed me that we didn’t make it back last […]

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USC assistant coach Ruel not planning to leave for NFL

Scott Wolf, Los Angeles Daily News USC offensive line coach Pat Ruel has received job offers from NFL teams the past two years, but Ruel said he intends to remain with the Trojans next year even if he is courted again by a pro team. “What I really want is another championship. I want to […]

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Trojans’ blocking has been woeful

Scott Wolf, Los  Angeles Daily News USC assistant coach Pat Ruel said Monday the Trojans’ run blocking is “unacceptable” and should be more consistent after eight games. “I’ve got to get it fixed,” Ruel said. “You should be getting better as the season goes along. There’s been too many lineup changes and guys in and […]

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Monday Insider: Next up on the O-Line …

<!–start image–><!– end image–>Zack Heberer is USC’s starting right guard at least until tomorrow. With Chilo Rachal gone for at least a couple of weeks, Pat Ruel has some things to figure out, and it looks like he wants to play with his toys. Also inside: Travon Patterson‘s season-ending injury puts some added pressure on […]

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Inside the game: Kristofer O’Dowd

<!–start image–><!– end image–>Pat Ruel blocked Kristofer O’Dowd‘s exit from the locker room, because the offensive line coach had something to tell his true freshman center. “Hey, I’m very proud of you,” Ruel said. As O’Dowd walked away, Ruel said, “You can tell he’s beating himself up

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