USC Notes

Everyone says the SEC is the best conference, but don’t tell that to Pete Carroll, who thinks very highly of the Pac-10:

“Our conference is so challenging to us.  Year-in and year-out, our toughest games come from in conference.  I can’t imagine any conference better than the Pac-10.  I think it’s the best in the country.  We see it week-in and week-out in the coaching, the players and the style of play, which is cutting edge.”

If anyone in the country can ask ‘what if?’, it’s Carroll.  He was 19 seconds from a third-straight national title in 2005 and then dropped games to lesser teams like UCLA, Oregon State and Stanford since then that have kept USC out of at least two more national title games.  That has led Carroll to be a staunch proponent of a playoff system.

“(If I were in charge of the NCAA) we would have an awesome playoff system,” he said.  “I’d find a way to create a system we can all get excited about while still maintaining the bowl games that make the sport so special.”

Moving on to the coming season, there’s a lot of curiosity over who will be the next USC quarterback.  But hold the phones on all that talk over incoming phenom Matt Barkley.

“The quarterback situation is clear now,” said Carroll. “Aaron Corp is the guy.  He completed over 70 percent of his passes and only threw one interception all spring.”

If the quarterback spot has been in question, that has not been the case at safety, where returning All-American Taylor Mays is poised for a run at the Thorpe Award.

“He is the epitome of maximizing one’s experience at USC,” said Carroll. “He could have gone to the NFL, but he wanted to graduate and have a great senior year.  There’s never been a guy bigger, faster or stronger playing his position.”

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20 Responses to USC Notes

  1. AUman76 July 30, 2009 at 9:19 pm #

    For Pete’s sake! You is one funny dude Mr Carroll. So far as staying on for the USC experience…we know what kept Reggie Bush around, huh? You’re still handing out that student financial aid for housing I see. By the way saw you at a couple of HS games when recruiting a DB in the Gadsden Al. area. Too bad you couldn’t out bid bammer for the kid. Oh well guess you just snapped up another 5* kid that ain’t gonna get a BCS Ring. Only the BCS Title counts not a split championship.
    Now on a serious note… yeah USC plays good football and always has. Biggest problem is it’s been at the expense of a usually weak conference. Not always but usually. It’s much easier to play two tough games a year than several. And the Rose Bowl? Gimme a break…..it’s a home game for SC against a pitiful lil-11.

  2. Bucknut July 31, 2009 at 8:08 am #

    What’s the difference in USC having homefield advantage in the Rose Bowl. Miami can have homefield advantage in the Orange Bowl, LSU in the Sugar Bowl, Florida or any other SEC in the Outback. Look there are no homefield advantage games for any midwest games. Wish it were hot all year round up here like it is in Caly or down South.

  3. V. Money July 31, 2009 at 9:21 am #

    Ummmm, AUman, I figured that you’d be upset that Alabama the Gadsden prospect, because…well, you know.

  4. V. Money July 31, 2009 at 9:21 am #

    Excuse me, Alabama grabbed the Gadsden prospect.

  5. Larry Bullard July 31, 2009 at 5:55 pm #

    One thing the Pac-10 really needs to do to compete with the SEC and the Big Twelve, is to become the Pac-12. That extra game is sorely needed on the west coast to balance out the national powerhouse conferences (The Big Ten should add a couple as well).

    What I was thinking was something like this:
    Pac-12 North
    Washington
    Washington State
    Oregon
    Oregon State
    Stanford
    California

    Pac-12 South
    USC
    UCLA
    Arizona
    Arizona State
    BYU (Or Boise State)
    Utah

    If the Pac-10 Conference wants to stop playing for third place in the BCS, it will have to start looking like the big boy conferences. A Pac-10 Champion cannot weigh in with an SEC or Big 12 Champion, because the BCS wants a champion that earned its trip to the title game, not a team that had the best record (or at least tied for it and didn’t go last)!

    Written by Lar-Dog

  6. AUman76 July 31, 2009 at 7:53 pm #

    V. Money… that’s what I said. Too bad SC didn’t get Dre instead of bammer. But then again no big deal. Lot’s of 5* HS players never see the field at the college level or end up below average. Especially when a Rivals 5* player. That site was started by a bammer boy and is and always will be a a bammer promotion machine. They usually deny a prospect that signs with AU was even offered a Scholly nat bammer. They also add a star to most kids after bammer recruits em. Happend yearly. Just watch the sites and you’ll see what I mean. But if you’re a bammer you already know that huh? Have a good un.

  7. AUman76 July 31, 2009 at 7:55 pm #

    Whelp…I see my lil BS diatribe got a decent post started. Been kinda boring here lately so just wanted to stirr the stink cause it’s only 38 days till kickoff!

  8. Travis July 31, 2009 at 8:13 pm #

    So Aaron Corp is the biggest, fastest, and strongest at his position (QB)!?!
    I beg to differ. Tim Tebow had to stop working out with the O-Linemen he was getting so big and strong. Is Corp even bigger or stronger than in-conference foe Washington’s Jake Locker? I doubt Corp is faster than OSUs Pryor.
    I’m not saying the kid can’t be great, but the best? Then wouldn’t he of started last year over Marky Mark?

  9. AUman76 July 31, 2009 at 10:22 pm #

    the next best ever USC QB will follow Corp. At least that’s what the media will tell us. lol

  10. V. Money August 1, 2009 at 6:30 am #

    Sorry, AUman, I kind of got confused between the Iron Bowl and the “rich get richer” thing. And no, I’m not a Bama guy.

  11. TorBear August 1, 2009 at 2:07 pm #

    Larry,

    Do you think people in the SEC shudder at the prospect of BYU and Utah joining the Pac 10? I doubt it. All it will is make it a little easier for those schools to recruit in California at the expense of the rest of the the conference.

    Moreover, there is nothing about splitting into divisions and having a conference championship game that makes a conference more powerful. It doesn’t usually even make the conference schedule more challenging, since splitting a conference into two divisions means that 50% of the time you won’t have to play the better teams in the other division.

  12. Roby August 1, 2009 at 9:07 pm #

    TorBear,

    Although it true that having a split Pac 12 could mean missing out on a tough opponent on the other division, it would also guarantee a chance to earn polling points at the end of the season by playing a guaranteed ranked opponent to end the season (presumably top 15). Regardless of whether or not their S.O.S. is actually more difficult, having a title game helps bring credibility to the conference winner. Also, if a split conference means missing a game or two afainst the top teams in the other division, it also means that there would only be 5 games locked on their schedule instead of 9. It frees them up to schedule better non-conference opponents. As it is now, no matter what they do during the regular season, USC looks bad in comparison when they are beating up on an average UCLA team while the SEC champion is beating a top-5 opponent. Since there is currently no Pac 10 title game, USC should follow Ohio State’s lead and schedule a regular season finale against a program that is prerennially high-profile (even though Michigan was terrible last year). It would help them stay relevant in the eyes of the voters. Even an out of conference rivalry would help. FSU has earned a few title game appearances with the help of their yearly season-finale afainst a perrenially strong UF program.

    Go Gators!

  13. AUman76 August 1, 2009 at 9:12 pm #

    No problem V.Money I figured you couldn’t be all bad. lol Who do you root for? Truth is there’s not as big a difference in the SEC and pac1 as in years past but the top half of the SEC is still the best in any conference. People think my Tigers are in for anpther long season but it ain’t so. We were in every game at halftime including at bammer in 2008. We just didn’t finish games we had a lead in and never was able to score a come from behind win. In 08 we seemed to play just short of the level of our opponants. With any semblence of an offense we’ll win the SEC West. The Chiz will do just fine on the Plains. But like everyone else I’m gonna have to wait and see what really takes place but I know the coaches love all the talk of how bad we are going to be. They’ve got a great group of kids ready to knock heads. I just hope we stay healthy till the youngsters get a lil playin time. Best of luck to your team unless they’re playin my Tigers.

  14. V. Money August 2, 2009 at 3:42 am #

    Florida. The national championships are O.K., but I don’t get to TP anything.

  15. AUman76 sucks August 2, 2009 at 11:59 am #

    Well i guess if they change games to only being 30 minutes long Auburn should have a solid year

  16. V. Money August 2, 2009 at 12:16 pm #

    Which would mean a lot more rolling.

  17. AUman76 August 2, 2009 at 2:43 pm #

    hey Sucker…FU! (just wanted to keep the reply short and not so sweet) Even 45 minutes would’ve been a solid year in 2008. We’ll show up for 60 minutes a game in 2009. You never seem to mention your team? They gotta be really bad when you’re ashamed to mention ‘em. Maybe you can trade your team in for better one and get some of that cash for clunker. As for my Tigers…we’ll just refuel the tank and drive on to future greatness. Chiz Whiz is gonna do just fine at Auburn. While Lame Kitty has been making an ass of himself and turning UT into a punch line (and soon to be SEC punching bag)Poor ole Gene has put together a fine staff that has laid a solid foundation for the up coming season and way beyond.
    Hey V Money… you’re right so this would be a good time to invest in the toilet paper sector. Don’t buy Charmin though….it’s too soft for AU football!

  18. V. Money August 3, 2009 at 6:37 pm #

    (insert bears in commercials/Bear Bryant joke here)

  19. AUman76 August 3, 2009 at 11:01 pm #

    yep the old bastard was a teddy bear wasn’t he? lol But I gotta admitt he was a winner and did so at any and all cost. He’d never been able to keep his job in todays media hyped up game. Da ole man would’ve killed so stupid ass reporter and dismantled the NCAA infraction committee. Even back then the NCAA was afraid of da bear.

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