1. The Rose Bowl: Some Final Notes

    As reported yesterday, versatile USC fullback Stanley Havili is academically ineligible for tomorrow’s game. Will it make a difference? Only in game planning, not in the final outcome...

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  2. Pre-Game Rose Bowl Notes from USC

    Today Pete Carroll announced to his team that Stanley Havili was declared academically ineligible for the Rose Bowl. As I noted in my earlier reports this week, D.J. Shoemate will replace Havili...

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  3. Penn State Baits USC; Trojans Flip QBs

    Forty-eight hours before the Rose Bowl, the talk seems to be all about the quarterbacks. Particularly, the backups...

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  4. Steve Sarkisian Brings USC’s Offense into Focus

    For the second consecutive day, the Trojans abandoned mushy Howard Jones Field for the dry, natural turf confines of McAllister Field, home of the women’s soccer team...

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  5. As Stanley Havili Goes, So Go USC's Rose Bowl Hopes

    It doesn’t rain that often in Southern California but when it does, it pours. It was raining when the Trojans took off for their three-day Christmas break last week, and pouring when they returned even though the sun was shinning...

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  6. Lakers Struggle Again, but Prevail in Memphis

    It was brother against brother, and legend against legend in Memphis tonight, as the brothers Gasol faced-off against one another while the reigning MVP, Kobe Bryant, and rookie sensation O...

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  7. Has Andrew Bynum Caught "Kamanitis"?: Lakers Big Man a Big Dud in 2008-09

    Some may say it is too early to start picking on Andrew Bynum. I say tell that to the Lakers’ opponents.It doesn’t matter whether they are big or small...

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  8. MY NEW TOP 25 and This Week’s Pops ‘N Drops.

    Yesterday’s games went pretty much as expected, so here are my Pops ‘N Drops...Pops ‘N DropsThe Florida-Alabama game was a bit closer than I thought it would be...

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  9. Steve Sarkisian Doesn’t Coach Here Anymore

    This is a follow up to my previous article: "Is Pete Carrol Making Another Big Mistake?" So, what exactly are my feelings on the Steve Sarkisian leaving USC to coach at Washington and Pete Carroll ...

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  10. IS PETE CARROLL MAKING ANOTHER BIG MISTAKE?

    Some USC fans seem to think he is. After USC stiffed UCLA 28-7 to win their record seventh consecutive Pac-10 championship, offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian made it official...

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  11. Los Angeles Lakers Struggles In Washington Nothing New

    The Lakers made it 16-2 last night against the Wizards. But for all intents and purposes, the coaching staff is counting the game as a loss. And well they should. Shortly after the start of the fourth quarter the Lakers were ahead by 19 points...

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  12. USC-UCLA: Trojans Win Seventh Straight Pac-10 Title with DEFENSE!

    It was two years ago in one of the longest-standing college rivalries that UCLA upset the Trojans 13-9 to prevent USC from reaching the BCS title game...

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  13. My Top 25 and This Week’s Pops ‘n Drops

    Well, this is the next to last Top 25 of the regular season. Next week’s poll will have the BCS bowl selections. Not too many changes this week in the Top 10. A few more winners and losers among the second-tier teams...

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  14. NBA: Lakers Number 13 - A Lucky Win

    The Lakers are 13-1, but could have just as easily been 12-2. The Dallas Mavericks, who like the Lakers came into the game on a five-game winning streak, led for most of the game...

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  15. USC Trojans Dominate Notre Dame Fighting Irish, 38-3

    This game may have been all USC, but the headlines are all about Charlie Weiss. Will Notre Dame buyout the remainder of his contract? Before the game, most of the rumors were that Weiss’ tenure at Notre Dame was shaky but probably not dour...

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  16. Lakers-Nets: Los Angeles Puts Questions of Softness to Rest

    As much as things change with the Lakers, they still remain same. That is, before the second half of tonight’s matchup with the New Jersey Nets...

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  17. Matt Cassel and Josh McDaniels: Where to Next?

    Back in 2004 when the Patriots drafted Matt Cassel, I wondered what Bill Belichick was thinking. A backup quarterback who never started a game in college? Surely Belichick had finally lost it...

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  18. Matt Cassel and Josh McDaniels: Where to Next?

    Back in 2004 when the Patriots drafted Matt Cassel, I wondered what Bill Belichick was thinking. A backup quarterback who never started a game in college? Surely Belichick had finally lost it...

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  19. Patriots' Cassel and McDaniels: Where to Next?

    Back in 2004 when the Patriots drafted Matt Cassel, I wondered what Bill Belichick was thinking. A backup quarterback who never started a game in college? Surely Belichick had finally lost it...

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  20. USC Needs to Win With Style

    With Texas Tech getting squashed by the Sooners and dropping in all the polls, the teams behind them advanced a notch. So, idle USC moved up to No. 5 from No. 6. However, in my poll, I actually dropped the Trojans to No...

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  21. My Top 25 and This Week’s Pops ‘n Drops

    Another week of college football in the books with no surprises in the Top 10 as far as upsets are concerned. But some real eye openers with regards to margins of victory, notably Oklahoma, Penn State, Utah, and Ohio State...

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  22. MY NEW TOP 25: This Week’s Pops ‘n Drops

    POPS ‘N DROPS Actually, this was a relatively calm week in college football. Not too many upsets and therefore not too many pops or drops. In fact, all of my rankings in the Top 10 are the same as last week...

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  23. USC-Stanford: The Avengers Strike Late, But Then Often

    All week long the sportscasters and sportswriters had been reminding college football fans up and down the West Coast how a 40-point underdog had stunned then No. 1 USC last season...

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  24. My New Top 25 and the Latest Pops 'n Drops

    Pops ‘n Drops With the offensive performance they put on, I just had to move T-Tech up to No. 1. Florida is still ranked No. 2 ahead of undefeated Bama, and I will keep them ahead until Bama meets them head-on and wins...

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  25. USC-Cal Bears: Defense, Penalties, and Botched Calls

    READER WARNING: If you’re not into defensive struggles, and I mean struggles, read no further. Reading about penalties, missed calls, and sloppy, undisciplined play may cause extreme boredom or absolute disgust...

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