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Coaching Legends Roundtable Discussion about USC

Did Pete Carroll’s assistants leaving for new jobs have an impact on the team?

Don James: I didn’t think so but maybe it’s true.  Pete Carroll is the defensive coordinator.  The offense hasn’t changed, the coaches have changed.  Maybe with them coming in from Denver, they had a difficult time with it.  They weren’t very dynamic.  They don’t like to run the ball.  They will very seldom run the ball twice in a row.  They’re a great offensive team when it’s going.  This is the first time the quarterback and the receivers (they lost their best receiver) didn’t get it going.  They didn’t have other people to come in there.  I think that probably made a difference, a combination of things.  Not a good year.

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Stanford should now be Ranked ahead of USC

The Cardinal destroyed the Trojans 55-21 last night.  The Trojans were #9 and the Cardinal were #25.  Both teams have three losses now.  Stanford deserves to leapfrog USC in the national rankings.

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Remembering Stanford’s colossal upset of USC in 2007

This time nobody is saying that a Stanford victory at USC is impossible. Coach Jim Harbaugh hasn’t remarked that some people think his team could lose 1,000 to zero. The Las Vegas oddsmakers haven’t ridiculed the matchup by making USC a 40-point favorite.

Nobody is laughing at Stanford anymore.

But that was the mood two years ago, on Oct. 6, 2007, when the Cardinal last ventured to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

USC had won 35 consecutive home games. Stanford, 1-11 the year before, was coming off a 38-point loss and starting a quarterback who had thrown three passes in his college career.

“They absolutely seemed to have no chance,” said Tony Sinisi, odds director for the Las Vegas Sports Consultants. “Stanford looked like a zero shot to win.”

But the “zero shot” won, shocking USC and 85,125 spectators on a 10-yard touchdown pass from Tavita Pritchard to Mark Bradford with 49 seconds to play. The final score was 24-23.

Read more:  http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_13768108?nclick_check=1

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For the Trojans, the ASU game was “Like the Washington Game”

How bad was USC on third downs at Arizona State?

Try Washington-bad, says Freedomblogging.com.  

So said Trojans coach Pete Carroll, who compared his team’s 2-of-13 effort vs. the Sun Devils to its infamous 0-of-10 vs. the Huskies on Sept. 19.

“It was like the Washington game in a sense,” Carroll said. “You don’t convert on third down, you don’t get your chances. It became a very conservative game for us. We just played off the defense.”

USC seemed to be getting better on third downs. But in the past two weeks, the Trojans are 6 of 27. They rank 106th in the nation at 32.41 percent, one spot behind … gulp … UCLA.

“We had 3-4 weeks where we improved,” Carroll said. “We have not been consistent at all.

“Third downs and the red zone are always the hardest for new quarterbacks. It’s been that way for years.”

So wait, this is a Matt Barkley thing?

Read more:  http://usc.freedomblogging.com/

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Last four Minutes of Washington vs. USC (September 19, 2009)

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Bio for new Huskies coach, Steve Sarkisian

Here’s the bio for Steve Sarkisian, the next head coach of the University of Washington Huskies.  As my friend Pat Thrapp has mentioned over the years, Sarkisian left nine grease spots on the old Husky Stadium turf, courtesy of a sack barrage by the Washington Huskies defense.  (UW 52, BYU 21)

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Redistribution of Wealth, Pac-10 Style

With President-Elect Barack Obama’s recent ascension to power, it’s possible that he and Congress will carry out a “redistribution of wealth” in the coming years.  In keeping with this country’s current trend toward socialism, perhaps the same principles should be applied to the Pac-10.

Bellotti in purple and gold?

Bellotti in purple and gold?

 

ESPN’s Chris Fowler recently penned a column, lamenting the pathetic performances of the Huskies and Cougars football teams, and stating the need for the other conference schools to help with a bailout package.

It’s interesting to take that one step further.  Why should USC continue to reap the benefits of Pete Carroll as head coach year after year?  Why should Washington State be limited by their remote location and inhospitable climes in their ability to hire a top-notch coach?

With this in mind, I put the names of every Pac-10 football coach into a box, shook it violently (fueled by the animosity brought on by Washington’s 0-9 season) and then conducted a mock draft.  I reassigned the names to each Pac-10 team.  I did this only once, and with no manipulation of the outcome.

 

Here were the results:

Team                                      New Head Coach

Washington State……………..Rick Neuheisel

Washington…………………….. Mike Bellotti

Oregon……………………………. Jim Harbaugh

Oregon State…………………..  Paul Wulff

California………………………..   Mike Stoops

Stanford………………………….. Pete Carroll

USC…………………………………. Dennis Erickson

UCLA……………………………….  Tyrone Willingham

Arizona………………………………Mike Riley

Arizona State……………………..Jeff Tedford

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