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Wolf: Could USC repeat its biggest backfield mistake?

By in Press Enterprise on September 15, 2017

By Scott Wolf

Notes and observations as USC and Texas prepare for a game that can’t possibly match their 2006 encounter …

LOS ANGELES — You might be surprised to hear which USC coach was in tears in the locker room immediately after the Trojans lost to Texas, 41-38, in the BCS title game. Was it Pete Carroll? Steve Sarkisian? Ed Orgeron? No, someone who has a less-emotional image: Lane Kiffin.

Perhaps Kiffin was aware of the criticism coming for having Reggie Bush on the sideline for the famous fourth-and-2 handoff to LenDale White that was stuffed and allowed Texas to mount its winning drive.

>> Are you shaking your head at the thought of Bush not being on the field? History could repeat itself this season. When have you seen Ronald Jones and Stephen Carr on the field together this season?

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Carr has only played two games but he’s done more than Bush in his first two games. What’s wrong with playing the two best backs together?

So much of coaching today involves rigid lineups. Remember Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Allen was a fullback for Charles White in 1979. But today it is all about having three wide receivers on the field.

>> USC has several players nursing injuries but there is enough depth this season that only one injury report ever matters. Is Sam Darnold healthy? Because if he’s ever unavailable, USC automatically becomes an average team.

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