Day 15 Monday Practice Report

The march moves on towards the first game, but more rumors are circulating that another offensive player is on the move. Find out more in the Monday practice report.

The Countdown Continues

Today is the first day of Fall Registration of Classes which continues through Friday. Campus is abuzz with students, faculty and staff returning from a summer of sun. Wednesday is student "move-in day"- on campus housing will be filled. Coincidentally, Wednesday evening is the free to the public intra-squad scrimmage at the Coliseum. The full band will be on hand for USC Football Indoctrination 101.

Moody–Holland Affair

Nothing definitive has been revealed about the circumstances behind Jamere Holland's dismissal from the football team. Scott Wolf's Blog claims Pete Carroll as saying, "Those guys got their information from somewhere," Carroll said. "Somebody's talking to them. I have some ideas." No other outlet confirms this report.

Off-Topic: Land of the Giants

Early on in practice, a giant of an athlete walked through Goux's Gate. He turned a few heads. After a while, I talked to his escort, Dwayne Polee from the USC Men's Basketball program. Polee confirmed that the athlete was incoming basketball player (center) Mamadou Diarra. When I commented he looks a little taller than the 6'10" he was listed at as a recruit, I was told he is now 7' and 230 lbs (15 lbs heavier than his original listed weight). When asked how soon Diarra would contribute to the team, I was told he would contribute immediately. Basketball practice begins this Wednesday at the Galen Center. On a related note, it was revealed that O.J. Mayo is a workhorse and a tireless athlete. This will be an exciting season for the basketball team.

Practice Notes

Monday's practice session was brief, but intense. John David Booty took the day off to rest his arms after a grueling Fall Camp. Once again squads were split and practiced on two fields.

The defense took the honors today, breaking up passes and stopping runs in the backfield. Lawrence Jackson had an interception off of a tipped pass, Josh Pinkard gave the quarterbacks fits, batting passes away from receivers and intercepting a pass. Gerald Washington had an impressive afternoon with an interception and strong tackling. Fili Moala got in on the action with powerful stops of both Chauncey Washington and Stafon Johnson.

On the offensive side of the ball, Bradford had a touchdown run, Fred Davis had a reception for a touchdown, Desmond Reed and Johnson broke off two long runs.

The Trojan Marching Band in Full Swing

USC Band Camp is picking up a full head of steam on Cromwell Field. Monday marked the first day of Full Band Camp. The horns are warming up and band director Dr. Arthur C. Bartner is warming up his vocal cords. Just 11 days to kickoff! Top Stories