Ricky Rosas has been a special part of the USC football program and is quickly becoming a major celebrity. Rosas is a volunteer worker in the athletic department who always has a big smile and cup of Gatorade for the USC players at practice.
Rosas' infectious personality and genuine enthusiasm for the USC players and coaches is on display everyday as he watches his friends practice with a grin on his face from ear to ear. Seeing Rosas at practice everyday is joy and a reminder of how caring and special The Trojan Family truly is.
Rosas' heartwarming story has been chronicled by our own Clay DeLeon and in the Los Angeles Times and at Wednesday's practice Rosas was being followed by camera crew from CNN.
CNN is doing a feature on Ricky and the role he plays within the football program. The camera crew will also follow Ricky during Saturday's game at the Coliseum. The feature will air on CNN this Sunday.
Carroll Mum on Possible Move to Rose Bowl
The Los Angeles sports media has all been focused on the news that USC could be moving its home games to the Rose Bowl starting in 2008. After practice Pete Carroll was asked what he thought about the potential move but the coach said he isn't very familiar with the details.
"I don't have enough information to even talk about it at this point. This is in the business rooms right now and they are talking about trying it figure it out," Carroll said. "I don't know anything about it really."
Carroll insists that the story won't be a distraction for the Trojans as they prepare to face UCLA this Saturday.
Mayor Villaraigosa Weighs in on Possible Move
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa released the following statement Wednesday concerning USC and the Coliseum:
"Over the last two years, the City has made every effort to bring an NFL team to the LA Coliseum, and I applaud the Coliseum Commission, Councilman Bernard Parks, Senator Mark Ridley-Thomas, and others for their tireless work carrying the ball forward.
"While I remain committed to bringing a professional team to Los Angeles, it is time to read the scoreboard: the Coliseum is no longer a viable option for the NFL.
"The Coliseum is and should remain the home of the USC Trojans. I am committed to seeking a long-term agreement with USC that protects the public interest, preserves jobs and benefits the entire community of South Los Angeles."
Brown Moves Outside, Jackson Moves Inside
USC linebacker Luthur Brown has shown his versatility this week moving to outside linebacker. Coach Carroll was very impressed with Browns play on the outside and said he could take over Thomas Williams' spot next year as the utility linebacker.
"He looks really comfortable playing out there. I have been really surprised at how natural he moved there and jumped in assignment-wise and adjustment-wise. He's looked very good," said Carroll. "Thomas (Williams) has talked that he (Luthur Brown) is going to take over for Thomas as the most versatile linebacker in the program."
Carroll explained that having a player that can play multiple positions is a very valuable asset.
"It's good. It's really helpful. It's like having a couple of extra guys," said Carroll.
The Trojans have shuffled the defensive line a bit with the absence of defensive tackle Fili Moala. If Moala can't play on Saturday there is a good chance that Lawrence Jackson could see some action at tackle and Everson Griffen, Kyle Moore and Alex Morrow would play defensive end.
"A couple of guys are sick. You saw Chilo (Rachal) was sick again today and (Drew) Radovich made it through most of the practice but he had some stomach issues too," Pete Carroll said.
Carroll said he expects both players to be okay by Saturday.
"I hope those guys will come back raring to go here but Chilo did miss a couple of days here but I think he will be alright," Carroll said.
Defensive tackle Fili Moala(Concussion) dressed but didn't practice on Wednesday. After practice Pete Carroll said they aren't going to rush Moala back into action.
"They think he is going to be alright and they just want to really make sure he is clear," said Carroll. "We don't want to take any chances needlessly so they are protecting him all week."
Cary Harris returned to practice Wednesday after dislocating his finger on Tuesday.
The intensity level really picked up today and was evident when Brian Cushing leveled Stafon Johnson during 11-on-11 drills. Cushing was fired up today and really let the running backs feel his presence.
David Buehler made 3 of 4 field goal attempts.