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Was There Another Near Blunder Vs. Notre Dame?

I guess this is John Baxter Day. A USC coach told me last night the Trojans did not inform the officials of a jersey switch before the on-side kick at the end of the Notre Dame game. USC has to inform the refs if a player changed jersey numbers on the kickoff. Does that mean if USC recovered the kick the officials would have forced … Continue reading Was There Another Near Blunder Vs. Notre Dame?

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USC Morning Buzz: It’s The Little Things That Irritate Most

Does John Baxter, the “best special teams coach” in the country according to Clay Helton, teach the gunners to down a punt during “closed” practices? It didn’t look like it during USC’s first three punts at Notre Dame, which all went into the end zone. I doubt they really do practice it because for the first four games Baxter had punter Ben Griffiths kick the … Continue reading USC Morning Buzz: It’s The Little Things That Irritate Most

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Sunday Night With Clay Helton

Tailback Vavae Malepeai will undergo knee surgery to “clean out” his knee because of swelling and pain. He is out indefinitely. That’s one way to get Markese Stepp more playing time. It also means freshman Kenan Christon should start playing for at least four games so that he doesn’t have to burn his redshirt year. Now back to non-reality. Here’s what Clay Helton said about … Continue reading Sunday Night With Clay Helton

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Pat Haden And Clay Helton Have A Lot In Common

With Ed Orgeron 7-0 against AP Top 10 teams not named Alabama, it’s a good time to recall Pat Haden bypassed Orgeron for Steve Sarkisian. When I pressed Haden that day, he said, “we’ll see. I might be wrong.” He sure was but where is he to take some accountability for his actions? No one at USC does that. Here is a good example of … Continue reading Pat Haden And Clay Helton Have A Lot In Common