As former UCLA football coachRed Sanders said of the famed crosstown rivalry: “It’s not a matter of life and death; it’s more important than that.” This year was an embarrassment for UCLA and an embarrassment of riches for USC, but a year’s a long time.
7. USC’s 2006 schedule includes Arkansas, Notre Dame and Nebraska, who all should soften up the Trojans before SC plays UCLA at the Rose Bowl.
8. The Trojans’ “Get Out of Jail Free” card will be revoked when Los Angeles criminal defense attorney and SC alum Carmen Trutanich, known around Rocky Delgadillo’s office as “the Nooch,” suddenly discovers conflict-of-interest rules and, out of good conscience, refuses to get Trojans out of their legal jams.
9.O.J. Simpson will take a break from looking for the “real” killers, and have time to give his old team some advice.