The Obvious and Not So Obvious

Somebody call Art Bartner and strike up "Conquest" and "Fight On", pass out those cardinal and gold pom poms to the masses,and tell The Lettermen to change the tune from "See You In September" to "See You In November". The USC Trojans, ladies and gentlemen, have returned to everybody's Top Ten.

The Obvious - Somebody call Art Bartner and strike up "Conquest" and "Fight On", pass out those cardinal and gold pom poms to the masses,and tell The Lettermen to change the tune from "See You In September" to "See You In November". The USC Trojans, ladies and gentlemen, have returned to everybody's Top Ten.

The Not So Obvious - For the first time since the spirited 1995 season, USC has returned to the Top Ten in November, registering as the nation's best 9th team in the USA Today/ESPN Poll and 10th best in the Associated Press.

The Obvious - Having gone the past six seasons without being ranked in the second half of the season, the next four games against Stanford, Arizona State, UCLA, and Notre Dame could provide the Trojans with one of their finest finishes in recent memory.

The Not So Obvious - Before Trojan fans rekindle victory memories of Julies and go bonkers at the Boneventure, just remember what happened this upset weekend as a number of previous contenders croaked in their suds. This week's current Trojans Top Ten appearance is due to the generosity of the North Carolina States and Notre Dames.

The Obvious - Trojan fans should have been at Cesars' Palace Sports Book this weekend in Las Vegas if they wanted to see some real green-shirted Irish fans suffer both visually and financially. Each Irish fumble brought more groans and anger as the large screen painfully showed replay after replay.

The Not So Obvious - Those betters dressed in Arizona State jerseys couldn't believe their eyes as their team went inside the Washington State red zone five times only to come away with a field goal. There were softer group of fans leaving Ceasars than the Irish and Sun Devil advocates.

The Obvious - With a bye this past weekend, Trojan coaches were taking advantage of the recruiting possibilites and traversed the country like Norm Chow, who went to North Carolina to sell his Trojan wares to quarterback Chris Leak, called by some the best player in this year's draft, uh, recruiting class.

The Not So Obvious - Pete Carroll traveled out to El Segundo High to investigate the talents of quarterback Matt Engle, who some say is a mini Doug Flutie.

The Obvious - El Segundo's Matt Engle certainly isn't physically imposing, but he got the respect of another Trojan recruit by the name of Lawrence Jackson, the all-world defensive lineman from Inglewood. Lawrence says Engle is as tough as he has faced and definitely feels Engle is a USC level player.

The Not So Obvious - While Jackson was recently singing the praises of Engle, it should be noted that this is not the first time that Troy has landed on the El Segundo campus in search of a quarterback. Many Traveler laps ago, there was all-American signal-caller named Pete Bethard, who led the Trojans to the 1962 National Championship and the legendary Rose Bowl win over Wisconsin.

The Obvious - Media from ESPN to The Sporting News are saying that despite the loss to Washington State in overtime, the Trojans are currently the best team in the Pac-10.

The Not So Obvious - The Sporting News Tim Brando says, "USC is the only team with a top-notch defense, and it's playing the best ball right now. But it probably won't matter because the Trojans lost early to Washington State, which is undefeated in league and has an advantageous schedule."

The Obvious - Web sites such as WeAreSC have become a state of media confusion for sports information departments such as USC. Do these sites increase fan information and enthusiasm or do they simply allow fans to vent and spread uncontrollable blabber? This has become a tough call for all sports information directors across the country, especially with tight space in the press box.

The Not So Obvious - In the case of USC football and this Trojan web site, the answer is answered by Trojan head coach Pete Carroll, who asked to come on to WeAreSC this Thursday at 7:00 p.m. and do a chat on premium site. If the head coach of Troy is willing to come on line and talk with the fans, what more
credibility do you need?

The Obvious - The USC media realtions department is sending out clever "The Carson Show" cards to promote a late Carson Palmer Heisman campaign.

The Not So Obvious - So if Palmer is to Johnny Carson, who is Carson's Ed McMahan? Keary McColbert? Mike McWilliams? Kareem McKelley?By being named Sporting News Player of the Week, Palmer was scheduled to be heard on Sporting News radio on the Peter Brown Show with Scott Wetzel.

The Obvious - A coach like Carroll's acceptance to be part of a site like WeAreSC.com should make it easier for sports information departments to justify web acceptance to promote their product. If it's good enough for the head coach, it's good enough.

The Not So Obvious -Carroll obviously understands today's media potential of the web to his program. With more and more followers of Trojan football across the country going to web sites such as WeAreSC.com for information, it is like trying to stop the conversion from radio to television. It's called progress, and Pete Carroll obviously understands the value under his own terms.

The Obvious - One of USC's high-profile recruits is offensive lineman Drew Radovich from Mission Viejo, whose coach is Bob Johnson, father of former USC quarterback Rob Johnson.

The Not So Obvious - While it would seem natural that Johnson would love to see his lineman go to Troy because of his son, there is another Mission Viejo coach with USC connections. Defensive coach George Tuioti, a former two-way star out of Santa Ana High in 1988, signed with Troy out of high school, but was hurt in the Orange County All-Star game practices and never made it to SC.

The Obvious - The Trojans would dearly love to have two-way Tustin star Chris Barrett, a probable all-American, commit as early as possible.

The Not So Obvious - Word out of Tustin is the Trojans are pulling away for the player that Tustin coach Myron Miller calls "a freak of nature". The 6-5, 252 pound star, who thinks he is a better player as a defensive end than a tight end, has accepted a roster spot on the U.S. Army All-America game in San Antonio. The game, billed as the first-ever primetime high school all-American game, will be played on January 5th and will be televised live on ESPN2 at 6:00 p.m.

The Obvious - Following in the footsteps of high school basketball, there are more post-season football high star games on the horizon. Ya don't think the McDonalds hasn't thought about a football relative to its successful basketball game?

The Not So Obvious - Tustin's Barrett is not the only Trojan football recruit accepting to play in San Antonio. Other Trojan recruits include Tustin guard Sam Baker, North Carolina quarterback Chris Leak, and Taft receiver/corner Seve Smith. Of the first 50 players invited to play, 48 accepted, although the states of Michigan, Wisconsin, USC Trojans, ladies and gentlemen, have returned to everybody's Top Ten.

The Not So Obvious - For the first time since the spirited 1995 season, USC has returned to the Top Ten in November, registering as the nation's best 9th team in the USA Today/ESPN Poll and 10th best in the Associated Press.

The Obvious - Having gone the past six seasons without being ranked in the second half of the season, the next four games against Stanford, Arizona State, UCLA, and Notre Dame could provide the Trojans with one of their finest finishes in recent memory.

The Not So Obvious - Before Trojan fans rekindle victory memories of Julies and go bonkers at the Boneventure, just remember what happened this upset weekend as a number of previous contenders croaked in their suds. This week's current Trojans Top Ten appearance is due to the generosity of the North Carolina States and Notre Dames.

The Obvious - Trojan fans should have been at Cesars' Palace Sports Book this weekend in Las Vegas if they wanted to see some real green-shirted Irish fans suffer both visually and financially. Each Irish fumble brought more groans and anger as the large screen painfully showed replay after replay.

The Not So Obvious - Those betters dressed in Arizona State jerseys couldn't believe their eyes as their team went inside the Washington State red zone five times only to come away with a field goal. There were softer group of fans leaving Ceasars than the Irish and Sun Devil advocates.

The Obvious - With a bye this past weekend, Trojan coaches were taking advantage of the recruiting possibilites and traversed the country like Norm Chow, who went to North Carolina to sell his Trojan wares to quarterback Chris Leak, called by some the best player in this year's draft, uh, recruiting class.

The Not So Obvious - Pete Carroll traveled out to El Segundo High to investigate the talents of quarterback Matt Engle, who some say is a mini Doug Flutie.

The Obvious - El Segundo's Matt Engle certainly isn't physically imposing, but he got the respect of another Trojan recruit by the name of Lawrence Jackson, the all-world defensive lineman from Inglewood. Lawrence says Engle is as tough as he has faced and definitely feels Engle is a USC level player.

The Not So Obvious - While Jackson was recently singing the praises of Engle, it should be noted that this is not the first time that Troy has landed on the El Segundo campus in search of a quarterback. Many Traveler laps ago, there was all-American signal-caller named Pete Bethard, who led the Trojans to the 1962 National Championship and the legendary Rose Bowl win over Wisconsin.

The Obvious - Media from ESPN to The Sporting News are saying that despite the loss to Washington State in overtime, the Trojans are currently the best team in the Pac-10.

The Not So Obvious - The Sporting News Tim Brando says, \"USC is the only team with a top-notch defense, and it's playing the best ball right now. But it probably won't matter because the Trojans lost early to Washington State, which is undefeated in league and has an advantageous schedule.\"

The Obvious - Web sites such as WeAreSC have become a state of media confusion for sports information departments such as USC. Do these sites increase fan information and enthusiasm or do they simply allow fans to vent and spread uncontrollable blabber? This has become a tough call for all sports information directors across the country, especially with tight space in the press box.

The Not So Obvious - In the case of USC football and this Trojan web site, the answer is answered by Trojan head coach Pete Carroll, who asked to come on to WeAreSC this Thursday at 7:00 p.m. and do a chat on premium site. If the head coach of Troy is willing to come on line and talk with the fans, what more
credibility do you need?

The Obvious - The USC media realtions department is sending out clever \"The Carson Show\" cards to promote a late Carson Palmer Heisman campaign.

The Not So Obvious - So if Palmer is to Johnny Carson, who is Carson's Ed McMahan? Keary McColbert? Mike McWilliams? Kareem McKelley?By being named Sporting News Player of the Week, Palmer was scheduled to be heard on Sporting News radio on the Peter Brown Show with Scott Wetzel.

The Obvious - A coach like Carroll's acceptance to be part of a site like WeAreSC.com should make it easier for sports information departments to justify web acceptance to promote their product. If it's good enough for the head coach, it's good enough.

The Not So Obvious -Carroll obviously understands today's media potential of the web to his program. With more and more followers of Trojan football across the country going to web sites such as WeAreSC.com for information, it is like trying to stop the conversion from radio to television. It's called progress, and Pete Carroll obviously understands the value under his own terms.

The Obvious - One of USC's high-profile recruits is offensive lineman Drew Radovich from Mission Viejo, whose coach is Bob Johnson, father of former USC quarterback Rob Johnson.

The Not So Obvious - While it would seem natural that Johnson would love to see his lineman go to Troy because of his son, there is another Mission Viejo coach with USC connections. Defensive coach George Tuioti, a former two-way star out of Santa Ana High in 1988, signed with Troy out of high school, but was hurt in the Orange County All-Star game practices and never made it to SC.

The Obvious - The Trojans would dearly love to have two-way Tustin star Chris Barrett, a probable all-American, commit as early as possible.

The Not So Obvious - Word out of Tustin is the Trojans are pulling away for the player that Tustin coach Myron Miller calls \"a freak of nature\". The 6-5, 252 pound star, who thinks he is a better player as a defensive end than a tight end, has accepted a roster spot on the U.S. Army All-America game in San Antonio. The game, billed as the first-ever primetime high school all-American game, will be played on January 5th and will be televised live on ESPN2 at 6:00 p.m.

The Obvious - Following in the footsteps of high school basketball, there are more post-season football high star games on the horizon. Ya don't think the McDonalds hasn't thought about a football relative to its successful basketball game?

The Not So Obvious - Tustin's Barrett is not the only Trojan football recruit accepting to play in San Antonio. Other Trojan recruits include Tustin guard Sam Baker, North Carolina quarterback Chris Leak, and Taft receiver/corner Seve Smith. Of the first 50 players invited to play, 48 accepted, although the states of Michigan, Wisconsin,