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It's been an interesting week in the college football media universe, with Los Angeles Daily News reporter Scott Wolf briefly banned from USC practices, Washington following in USC's footsteps by prohibiting media from reporting on injuries and SB Nation's Spencer Hall denied a credential for the Florida-Tennessee game. These situations all have their own unique elements, but they illustrate three related points: many big college football programs are unnecessarily paranoid, college coaches have too much power, and no one on the team side really understands how denying access or prohibiting reporting topics will backfire.
Wolf's suspension is arguably the most egregious case here. It came from reporting (non-practice) injury news about the knee surgery kicker Andre Heidari had following an injury in USC's opener, and it drew widespread condemnation from college football and media reporters before USC quickly reversed course Wednesday night.
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USC has decided to lift the two-week practice ban it handed down to reporter Scott Wolf for violating its policy barring media from reporting injury-related news.
LOS ANGELES -- His name isn't Matt Barkley, Robert Woods, or Marqise Lee, but he may be called on to touch the ball on every single play for No. 2 USC (2-0) in their conference opener at No. 21 Stanford (2-0) on Saturday.
He is redshirt freshman offensive lineman Cyrus Hobbi.
USC center Khaled Holmes was carted off of the field at MetLife Stadium in the Trojans win against...
Week 1 may not have revealed much about the identity of our eventual Super Bowl winner, but it certainly did shine some light on the future team of Matt Barkley. A bright, searing hot spotlight of shame and misery, in fact. And unlike last year, when the consensus (just me) preseason favorite, Washington Redskins, bowed out of the race early, four of my preseason top six look “alive”...
Noted opera singer Rebecca Davis took a swing at USC’s fight song. This could be just what they need to inspire them past Stanford.
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Stanford is the only Pac-12 team USC quarterback Matt Barkley hasn’t beaten, but the USC Trojans football team plans to change that this weekend when they take on the Cardinal in Palo Alto.
Last season, #20 USC took on Andrew Luck and #6 Stanford at the Coliseum, losing 56-48 in triple overtime, in the highest-scoring game in Trojans’ history.
This year, the roles are...
If USC is Superman, Stanford is their kryptonite as the Cardinal downed the Trojans 21-14. The win marked Stanford’s fourth straight victory over their Southern California rivals who looked very mediocre all night long. The Trojans managed just 27 yards rushing on 23 attempts and allowed the Stanford defense to sack QB Matt Barkley five times including twice in USC’s final drives.
USC Coach Lane Kiffin talks to the media following Thursday's practice as No. 2 USC prepares to travel to No. 21 Stanford on Saturday.
A funny thing happened last week as teams headed into their games. Most teams set up their schedules so they could get settled into their offensive, defensive special teams systems, and finalize their player rotations against teams that are not up to their level (most describe them as cupcake games).
Well Wisconsin and Arkansas found out they took these games too casually...
GREG ALLEN, SR, GUARD: Played two seasons at Navarro Junior College before transferring to USC.
JAMES BLASCZYK, SR, CENTER: Spent two seasons at Texas A&M, redshirting his freshman year. Spent one year at Lee College, but did not play basketball. Transferred to USC.
CHASS BRYAN, FR, GUARD: Walk-on.
DEWAYNE DEDMON, JR, CENTER: Spent one season at Antelope Valley...