We're just about set to go at the L.A. Memorial Coliseum for the Trojans' Pac-12 opener against Utah. Here are a couple of last-minute things worthy of an update before kickoff:
Running back Marc Tyler is in uniform for the Trojans for the first time this fall after being reinstated this week from his one-game suspension for inappropriate comments to TMZ.com. D.J. Morgan's still listed as the starter, but Tyler is expected to receive carries early on and his legs should probably be fresher than the other USC backs.
Also in uniform: left guard Abe Markowitz, who sat out of practice this week with a foot injury. It's not known whether or not he's been medically cleared, but he said Thursday he'd pushed to be cleared as late as Saturday morning, so it's possible he'll be allowed to play. Martin Coleman will start at left guard, having unseated Week One starter Jeremy Galten in practice this week. Also starting Saturday is Devon Kennard, who unseated Wes Horton. Both players will still play extensively.
Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott is in the building as part of the conference's celebrations for the first-ever game between two Pac-12 squads. (Technically, Colorado and California were the first teams to match up earlier Saturday, but the USC-Utah contest is being billed as the real opener.) Scott will be presented with a Pac-12 football signed by all of the conference's coaches prior to kickoff, and the football will later be auctioned off to raise funds for the September 11 memorial in New York City.
More 9/11 commemoration activities: 50,000 American flags will be distributed to fans entering the Coliseum to display at a later time and there will be a moment of silence prior to the national anthem for the 10th anniversary of September 11. Iraq war veterans will also be on the field during the anthem and an Air Force flyover will occur at the conclusion. Former Olympian and military hero Louis Zamperini will be USC’s honorary game captain for the coin toss.
Join us here on the USC Report on ESPNLA.com at 4:30 p.m. PT as Arash Markazi and I will keep you updated throughout the game in Trojans Live!, a full-blown interactive chat.