USC Morning Links: Herbstreit’s Preview, Guertler’s Full Life and Other Links


USC DB: Hiring Ed Orgeron would keep prospects from leaving(Dan Greenspan | College Football 24/7)

"The next USC head coach better be ready to hit the ground running. Not only will Lane Kiffin’s replacement have to recruit four players capable of enrolling in January or lose those scholarships because of NCAA sanctions that limit the Trojans to signing 15 players in the Class of 2014, but he will have to essentially re-recruit nearly half of the roster, which is already limited to 75 scholarship players instead of the usual 85."

Kirk Herbstreit’s Game Plan Breakdown(

"Stanford’s most impressive win of the season has it in the driver’s seat for another berth in the Pac-12 championship game. Resurgent Southern California is looking to rekindle its own chances. After knocking off the second-ranked team in the nation, the No. 5 Cardinal look to put themselves on the cusp of playing for a second straight conference title by beating the host Trojans for a fifth consecutive time Saturday night."

USC football walk-on Nate Guertler gets a full life, if not a full ride(Bill Plashke | Los Angeles Times)

The money would have been nice. Nate Guertler won’t lie. After four years of paying for the privilege of playing football at USC, an actual scholarship would have made things easier.

Teammates wouldn’t have to sneak him food from the athletic dining hall. He wouldn’t have to stay up late after practice figuring out how to pay overdue rent. He wouldn’t have to summon all the courage in his aching body to call family and friends to borrow $5,000 in overdue tuition, as he did recently.

The Centerpiece(Sarah Bergstrom | USC RipsIt Blog)

"From about as early as he could walk, Omar Oraby played every sport he could get his hands or feet on. He preferred activity to anything else, and so his days were spent swimming, playing tennis, and kicking the soccer ball. Born and raised in Cairo, Egypt, basketball wasn’t exactly the country’s most popular sport, but for Omar, that didn’t matter."

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