With their next two games likely to be played at the Rose Bowl, the Trojans have decided to make the historic venue their home away from home, by wearing their Cardinal jerseys on Saturday against their crosstown rival UCLA Bruins.
"I talked to Rick (Neuheisel) about it just after he got the job and he liked the idea, so I'm just going to do it," USC Head Coach Pete Carroll announced on Monday.
The tradition of both teams wearing their home colors dates back to when USC and UCLA shared the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
"I have been thinking about this for years, and trying to restore that," Carroll said. "I just always thought it was a really cool tradition."
Pete Carroll has attempted to bring back the tradition, which ended in 1982, since his arrival at USC but was never able to coordinate the idea with former UCLA head coaches Bob Toledo and Karl Dorrell.
"I have suggested it every year since I have been here," Carroll said. "They didn't do it, so we are finally going to do it and hopefully start a nice tradition.
"I can't wait for the other guys to do it, because it hasn't happened."
As result of wearing their home uniforms USC will be forced to forfeit a timeout each half, something Pete Carroll didn't seem too concerned with.
"I don't care about it right now," Carroll said. "We'll play with out it. I think it's a fun thing to do and I think our fans will appreciate it over time."
Carroll said he isn't wearing the home uniforms to surprise the Bruins or be disrespectful, he just wants to bring back some tradition to the rivalry.
"This is not trying to surprise them like Notre Dame throwing on their green jerseys or something like that," Carroll said. "I just think it is a cool thing to do."
USC fullback Stanley Havili suffered two sprained ankles against Notre Dame. Havili got injured when he was brought down after a 39-yard catch and run in the second quarter of Saturday's game.
"I actually sprained both of them on that one," the sophomore fullback said on Monday. "I re-sprained my left one and sprained the right one."
Havili wore a boot on his right ankle on Monday, but said he plans to practice on Wednesday.
Pete Carroll said Havili would play Saturday against UCLA.
Offensive lineman Nick Howell has a high-ankle sprain and said he could be sidelined up to 3-4 weeks.
Safety Kevin Ellison will try to practice on Tuesday.
News and Notes
• USC kicker David Buehler was named the Pac-10 Special Teams Player of the Week following his impressive performance in USC's 38-3 victory against Notre Dame.
Buehler connected on a 35-yard field goal, was a perfect 5-for-5 on PAT conversions and had four touchbacks. It's the second time Buehler has received the honor in 2008.
• Freshman defensive tackle Armond Armstead returned to practice on Monday with a hard cast on his right hand.