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USC football News and Notes 12/21/09

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 Just some brief notes to start the day as this week is actually pretty busy as I close out the year... So while we wait for some form of word on Joe McKnight's status from the athletic department...

Trojans Show Potential for Big Season in 77-55 Win Over Tennessee

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About a week or so ago, I wrote that the fact that the Trojans played such stellar defense and held their opponents to incredibly low field goal shooting percentages would enable them to be...

GameDay Open Thread: USC vs. Tennessee

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USC Trojans vs. Tennessee, December 19, 2009 1:30 PM PST, Fox Sports West   For the first time since a December 3rd matchup against Texas in Austin, a USC basketball game will be...

(UPDATED) McKnight should be ruled ineligible...simple as that!

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UPDATE: And the other shoe dropped... Schenter Repsonds! Check out the LAT HT - DFW Trojan in the FanPosts! - - - You are going to need a pretty solid paper trail to show that Joe McKnight DID NOT...

Fiesta Bowl Accused with Getting Reimbursed for Political Contributions

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God the whole system is corrupt... Shocker! And they wonder why some players break the rules.

USC TB Joe McKnight being investigated for use of a local businessman's SUV

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USC Tailback Joe McKnight has some explaining to do... For several weeks, McKnight has been seen driving a well-kept 2006 Land Rover that, according to California Department of Motor Vehicles...

USC senior point guard Mike Gerrity will be available to face No. 9 Tennessee on Saturday after the...

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USC senior point guard Mike Gerrity will be available to face No. 9 Tennessee on Saturday after the NCAA granted him a "progress towards degree" waiver. Gerrity transferred to USC from Charlotte after the first semester of the 2008-09 season. Without the waiver, he wouldn’t have been eligible until sometime next week. Gerrity (Mater Dei High) will add much-needed floor leadership to a Trojans team that will have to be at its very best to compete with the deep, athletic Volunteers.

USC basketball: Gerrity available for UT game - The Orange County Register Nice to get an extra set of hands for this game...

So far this season, the Trojans appear to be fully on board with Kevin O’Neill's style of play, w...

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So far this season, the Trojans appear to be fully on board with Kevin O’Neill's style of play, which carries both positives and negatives. Traditionally, O’Neill’s team’s are extremely tough defensively so the fact that the Trojans are holding opponents to 58 points per game and 38.5% shooting this early in the season are certainly good signs. No team has scored over 80 points on them despite the fact that they played both Texas and Georgia Tech on the road. However, while the team has bought into O’Neill's defensive-oriented philosophy, they unfortunately have adopted his offensive plan as well. After eight games, the Trojans rank last in the Pac-10 and 255th nationally in points per game with 59. Not only are the Trojans slowing the game down, but they continue to shoot poorly from the field. So far, they have posted a field goal shooting percentage of just 42% and a 3-point shooting percentage of 30%. That isn’t exactly indicative of a great offensive team. Unfortunately, nothing in O’Neill’s past seems to suggest the poor offensive showing this season is anything of an aberration so it remains to be seen how much they will or even can improve.

Conquest Chronicles Interview with Rocky Top Talk

BEST PROGRAM: USC Under Pete Carroll's direction, the Trojans became the sport's most dominant...

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BEST PROGRAM: USC Under Pete Carroll's direction, the Trojans became the sport's most dominant program, winning seven straight Pac-10 titles (2002-08), six BCS bowl games and two national titles (2003 AP; 2004 unanimous). At one point from 2003-05, Carroll's teams won 34 straight games, tying Miami for the longest streak this decade. USC won 11 or more games for seven straight seasons while consistently playing one of the nation's toughest schedules. Tim Tebow, USC Trojans dominate college football decade - 2000s: The Decade in Sports I guess this is a make-up for that joke of an All-Decade Team Mandel posted earlier this week.

Know Thy Enemy (Tennessee) - Q & A with Rocky Top Talk

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While most Trojan fans right now are likely hung up on the December 26th Emerald Bowl against Boston College and SI.com's exclusion of Matt Leinart and Troy Polamalu from their All-Decade team, it...

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