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Opening the mailbag: Impressions of spring

Got bogged down on Friday, so this mailbag fermented over the weekend. To the notes. Jason from the Bay Area writes: So having seen most of the Pac-10 this spring, what are your impressions? Ted Miller: Obviously, we’ll have more on this going forward with a spring wrapup, but here are some quick hits. My […]

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Vote for the Most Classless Act of the 2009 Season

The Wiz is back with the most classless acts of the 2009 season. What is a classless act, you ask? It's any attempt to degrade an opponent, player or the game. It's the stuff that isn't in the summary but often gets mentioned years later after somebody extracts retribution. As they say, what goes around […]

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What to watch in the Pac-10 this spring

Taking a look at what to watch for as teams head into spring practices, officially ringing the bell on preparations for the 2010 season. Arizona Spring practice starts: March 5 Spring game: April 10 What to watch: The new coordinators: The Wildcats lost two outstanding coordinators — Sonny Dykes on offense and Mark Stoops on […]

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A new front-runner leads the Pac-10 into spring

Spring is often cited as a time of renewal, and in recent years that has held true in Pac-10 football. USC would renew its lease atop the conference annually, no matter who had bolted for NFL riches. <!–photo1–>But this spring a different bird is chirping. It’s a Duck, er, quacking. After seven seasons of USC […]

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Caesar Blunders

One of the soft spots in recruiting with Caesar was his lust for big-name recruits and disdain for those who did not fit the profile he wanted at certain positions. The prime example is Stanford tailback Toby Gerhart. USC’s baseball coaches begged Carroll to recruit Gerhart. But he was not from the cookie-cutter mold of […]

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Valentines Day: USC VS. UCLA

(Photo of Alex Stepheson by Icon Sports Media) After defeating CAL and Stanford last week, the Trojans (14-9, 6-5) play FUCLA (11-12, 6-5) on Sunday looking for a home sweep of all the California schools. The game will air live on FSN at 7 pm. On January 16th the Trojans defeated the Bruins 67-46. This […]

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Pac-10 spring breakout players

Who will breakout and make a move toward stardom this season? Most of these guys aren’t “new,” but they could make the next step up in their careers this spring. Arizona Juron Criner, WR, Jr: Criner (6-foot-4, 210 pounds) is already a familiar name to Wildcats fans. Heck, he led the team with nine touchdown […]

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Is the Pac-10 Looking to Add Colorado and Utah?

Pacific 10 commissioner Larry Scott is "very seriously" looking at expansion in the next 12 months, and as the Wiz wrote back in 2006, the two universities at the top the league's list are likely to be Colorado and Utah. "Realistically, if we are going to consider this in the foreseeable future, it really is […]

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Pac-10 top 30 in 2009: Nos. 12-13

Our final top 30 player rankings from 2009 will start from the bottom and work up to No. 1. Click here for Nos. 14-30. Preseason rankings are here. 12. Taylor Mays, S, USC (1): While it’s hard to quantify what Mays might have gained socially, intellectually and emotionally from returning for his senior year, it’s […]

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USC Defeats Cal With A 25-0 Run

(Photo by Icon Sports Media) You read that correctly, the Trojans were down 30-27 at halftime and went on a 25-0 run to take a 42-30 lead in the second half. Cal (14-8, 6-4) was held scoreless in the second half for 10:46. USC (13-9, 5-5 Pac-10) went on to win the game 66-63. Dwight […]

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USC Football Recruiting UPDATE*(1/27/2010)

The linebacker and offensive line position is thin.  For the recruiting class of 2010, it is essential that coach Kiffin and staff try to replenish those two positions.  Unfortunately, the linebacker class this year is not strong.  It appears day by day that USC will not meet those standards of grabbing those linebackers to help […]

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