Thursday, September 13, 2007

Casualties of the Trojan wars - CNNSI
The three air-horn blasts signaling the end of practice at Howard Jones Field came about a half-hour earlier than usual on Tuesday.

Make that "Competition Tuesday," as it's known at USC -- a reminder to starters that they must earn their jobs every day; a goad to backups to push the guys in front of them.

It is this ethos that fuels the extraordinarily high tempo at Trojan practices. These guys aren't kidding when they say that, come Saturday, the game slows down for them.

The downside of coach Pete Carroll's full-go philosophy is that it tends to generate an inordinate number of casualties...

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