The world of USC athletics on Tuesday, Jan. 26:
Freshman quarterback Matt Barkley underwent surgery on his right (throwing) wrist this morning. The official team release said the purpose of the procedure was to "relieve stiffness and clean up inflammation." Barkley is expected to be back within four weeks.
Speaking of Barkley, he and receiver Brice Butler headed up a team Bible study group Monday night, according to posts from the two players on Twitter. Faith has been a much-publicized part of the freshman Barkley's life, dating to a 2008 New York Times article. In it, reporter Thayer Evans quotes Barkley's high school coach Bruce Rollinson on the then 17-year-old's religious beliefs: “He’s not one to talk about it a lot, but his faith is what carries him. He is literally a powerful, powerful Christian young man. He doesn’t get nervous about a whole lot of things because he has the ability to turn it over, pray about it and then move on.”
The USCRipsIt blog, created under Pete Carroll's regime, continues under Lane Kiffin. RipsIt has put up an early prognostication of what next season's depth chart might look like. The biggest surprise on that list? Probably at left guard, where the blog projects soon-to-be redshirt sophomore Khaled Holmes to take over at left guard over former starter Zack Heberer. Holmes has never had meaningful snaps on the offensive line. Heberer, who will be a senior, has started five games in his USC career. He earned Pac-10 all-freshman first-team honors after the 2007 season.
The USC men's basketball team will practice this evening at the Galen Center and quickly Wednesday afternoon before heading to Oregon for Thursday and Saturday games against the Oregon schools. Oregon State, USC's opponent Thursday, has been struggling. The Beavers have lost their last three games, including a blowout loss at Stanford.
The Orange County Register reports that USC defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator Ed Orgeron sent an e-mail today to alumni and USC boosters asking for a $200 donation to the university's Trojan Club. In the letter, Orgeron writes that USC's recruiting requires a budget of $1 million annually. In related news, National Signing Day is Feb. 3.