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First Take… The long-awaited ESPN 30 for 30 documentary on USC, Trojan War, had its pre-night in the spotlight on Tuesday, with a special screening on campus alongside an appearance from its makers. Included among the bunch was executive producer and Trojan great Keyshawn Johnson.
Despite fears among USC fans that the 2006 Rose Bowl loss to Texas would be its focus, or more so the plight the program has endured for the misdeeds of Reggie Bush, all signs point to the film being a prideful display for the historic Pete Carroll era.
USC super fan Roy Nwaisser tweeted that the 30 for 30 was “very positive and there’s no anti-USC agenda at all.” Others, including educator JaBari Brown and alum Kimberly Ostiller echoed those thoughts, with Ostiller saying “what a time to be a Trojan.”
It’s been a concern for Trojans, given that much of the film’s creation was before the tide had turn in the Todd McNair case against the NCAA. But with Johnson being so involved, along with filmmaker Aaron Rahsaan Thomas having gone to USC, maybe it shouldn’t have concerned anyone at all.
Miami was the basis for a pair of 30 for 30s, and while the Hurricanes had their fair share of issues on and off the field, both were considered successful at bottling up what The U was all about in its heyday. From everything we’ve seen, Trojan War looks to function in the similar way.
The film premieres on ESPN Tuesday October 13 at 6:00 p.m. Pacific. We at Reign of Troy will live tweet the documentary and produce a special edition of Reign of Troy Radio podcast to review it. For a trailer, click here.
And Ten USC Football News Links…
- Reign of Troy: It’s been confirmed that Claude Pelon has a high ankle sprain, which means he could be in for a semi-lengthy layoff unless he gets whatever Leonard Williams was drinking last season. Since Sarkisian expects to test the lineman’s capabilities today it may only be a minor sprain, but it would be a surprise for him to play this week.
- Reign of Troy: How does the Washington offense match up against USC? They a bright young quarterback and a former USC commit at receiver, but they’re definitely a work in progress.
- Reign of Troy: The RoT staff weighs in on what bye week improvements they want to see on display against Washington.
- LA Times: Steve Sarkisian used Kam Chancellor’s game-winning punch as inspiration for his team to not give up and create turnovers at practice Tuesday.
- Daily News: The USC offense had generated plenty of explosive plays, but the focus remains on building a strong running attack.
- ESPN: Speaking of, the Trojans hope that strength in numbers will produce more consistent production from the running back position than last year when Buck Allen and Justin Davis were banged up by the end.
- OC Register: Washington head coach talked about growing pains with his offense after losing to Cal, but as Michael Lev details, the Trojans are also still a work in progress with so much youth on hand.
- OC Register: Do the connections between Washington and USC matter?
- College Spun: Usain Bolt was on campus shooting a commercial Tuesday and aspiring-Olympian Adoree’ Jackson got a chance to meet him.
- CBS Sports: Robby Kalland tabs Washington at USC as a prime game to take the under, which is set at 56. The Husky defense has done a good enough job at limiting opposing offenses that he thinks they’ll be able to slow the Trojans enough to stay below that line.
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