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If It's Friday, It's Time For A USC Notes Column

If It's Friday, It's Time For A USC Notes Column

It's only one game but Saturday's USC-Stanford sure feels like a critical contest for the Trojans and Clay Helton.

If you look at the first six games, it's hard to imagine USC beating Notre Dame or Washington. If USC plays like it did last week, Utah would win when it comes to the Coliseum.

BYU was not great against Utah, but the Cougars like to pass the ball and USC's secondary looked awful until Isaiah Pola-Moa's end-zone interception.

The point if USC beats Stanford, a best-case scenario might be 4-2. That makes Helton happy. But if the Cardinal win Saturday, the Trojans could easily be 2-4 after six games.

That will put a lot of pressure on Lynn Swann and it is hard to see how the players would maintain their morale for a coach they already do not believe in.

  • Did Helton ever address why he sprinted down the sideline to call a timeout, which allowed Fresno State to kick a field goal? Maybe the defense was in the wrong formation or something but the timeout sure helped Fresno State, which looked disorganized before the timeout.

  • USC officials expect a smaller crowd Saturday vs. Stanford than the previous week with Fresno State.

  • USC's No. 3 QB is walk-on Brandon Perdue, who was playing on defense in spring practice. Perdue was a quarterback at Oaks Christian but wore No. 27 last week for USC. That will change.

  • Stanford cornerback Kyu Blu Kelly is the son of former USC cornerback Brian Kelly.

  • Has USC freshman wide receiver Bru McCoy even submitted paperwork to the NCAA to be eligible since he transferred from Texas? He has yet to practice so it might be a moot point.

  • Former USC basketball assistant/interim coach Bob Cantu is a consultant at Kansas.

  • I spoke yesterday about the L.A. Times article on USC mega-donor Wayne Hughes. Once, a close friend congratulated Hughes because a horse he owned finished third in a big race.

"Have you ever been excited about finishing third?" Hughes replied.

  • Hughes has a horse named "Willie Brown" after his close friend, the former USC tailback who passed away last year.

  • And finally . . . Corona High School has renamed its football stadium "Jess Hill Stadium" after the former USC athlete, coach and athletic director. Hill played football, baseball and track at USC; was the head track coach and head football coach and then became athletic director.

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