Free the LA Coliseum Peristyle and More USC Football News


Can’t get enough USC football? We’ve got your morning dose of all the best content from around the web concerning the men of Troy.

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First Take… Coliseum renovations cannot come soon enough. And the best thing that could come of securing a corporate sponsor for the stadium is getting one step closer towards restoring the peristyle to its former glory.

This past weekend the 2015 Special Olympics held their opening ceremonies at the Coliseum. There was plenty of things to draw the eye, from on stage performances to a spectacular fireworks display. But you could be forgiven for being distracted by the sight of something beautiful in the background.

That is to say, the Coliseum peristyle sure looks pretty without the obstruction of the Audi Suites.

So many have been distraught over the idea of the name on the front of the Coliseum changing that it’s become easy to forget the corporate blemishes that already exist on the inside.

Renovations almost certainly mean the addition of luxury suites, which should mean the ditching of those glorified tents that block the most iconic feature of the 92-year-old stadium.

Freeing the peristyle should be priority number one.

If a sponsor makes that happen sooner, then bring it on please.

And Ten USC Football Links…

  1. Reign of Troy: Five-star dual-threat quarterback Tate Martell revealed a top five over the weekend, with USC joining Alabama, Texas A&M, Michigan and Washington among his top choices.
  2. Reign of Troy: Another recruiting list that hit the internet over the weekend was Keyshawn Johnson Jr.’s, who revealed a top eight of USC, UCLA, Arizona State, Alabama, Ohio State, Clemson and Ole Miss.
  3. College Spun: The No. 1 athlete in the class of 2017 has USC in his top ten, along with Notre Dame, UCLA and Stanford, though the Cardinal seem like the odds on favorite to land him.
  4. OC Register: Michael Lev ended the week with a look at Washington. Adam Jude of the Seattle Times answered questions on the differences between Sarkisian and Petersen, who apparently is so attuned to the micro-aspects of coaching that he picks up sunflower seeds off of the locker room floor.
  5. OC Register: Lev predictions USC to go 7-2 in the conference this season, winning a Pac-12 championship game over North champion Stanford.
  6. ESPN: What does tradition really mean? Ted Miller gives his answer to the question in his Pac-12 blog mailbag. Ultimately, the most important tradition is winning. Winning is what makes the traditions of the most successful programs so recognizable on the national stage. (He also picks UCLA to win the conference)
  7. ESPN: A settled offensive line is one of the big reasons USC feels so confident going into the 2015 season, as Gary Paskwietz details. According to Damien Mama, the biggest difference right now is chemistry, which has the line rolling.
  8. Speaking of Mama, he checks in at No. 21 of the 30 key Trojans this year. The big man in the trenches is still huge, but he has dropped a considerable amount of weight to prepare for this season, now down to 354 pounds from 370 last year.
  9. ESPN: With quarterbacks ineligible for selection, Su’a Cravens was determined to be USC’s most important player by Kevin Gemmell. Why? Because he is irreplaceable as a hybrid defender.
  10. Reign of Troy: If you’re feeling nostalgic for the old days when college football and video games were gloriously linked, new rosters for the 2015 season are available despite the discontinuation of EA’s NCAA franchise. Unsurprisingly, Cody Kessler is rated very high.

Stat of the Day:

In two meetings with Oregon in 2012 and 2013, Justin Wilcox’s Washington defenses conceded 14.5 yards per carry, totaling 564 yards and 7 touchdowns on just 39 carries.

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