first_imgUSC coach Pete Carroll said he did not think Baker would play. Butch Lewis is scheduled to start at left tackle, but Charles Brown is a possibility after returning from a sprained ankle. “Charles battled really well,” Carroll said. “He was ahead of Butch Lewis when he got hurt.” also Painful memory Fullback Stanley Havili still blames himself for a fumble against Oregon that led to a crucial Ducks touchdown. “It’s still taking its toll on me,” Havili said. “There’s not a day or hour I haven’t thought about it. It was really hard this past weekend emotionally for me.” Havili also fumbled against Idaho. “It was careless plays,” he said. “You always need to hold on to the ball with two hands in traffic, especially on third-and-one. I’ve made some crucial mistakes.” Penalty bias? Carroll complained for the third time this week about the lack of penalties against teams that play USC. After USC researched it, Trojans opponents ranked 10th in penalties for the last four seasons. Carroll even called Pac-10 supervisor of officials David Cutaia on Wednesday. “He had no explanation,” Carroll said. “I have no explanation for it either. I’ve told our guys for years to expect it. We have to overcome our problems and play over and above it. We still don’t make it a big issue with the players. They might know it after you write it.” Although Carroll said he’s known about it for years, he did not publicly complain until now, perhaps because USC is off to its worst start in five years. Cutaia is in his first year as supervisor of officials. He was suspended for a game last season after being part of the officiating crew that worked the Oregon-Oklahoma game that ended in controversy. Good velocity, better aim Quarterback John David Booty said his passes were accurate and did not sail on him during practice, unlike last week, which makes Carroll’s decision to start him easier. “I feel I do have better accuracy,” Booty said. “For the most part, when I did throw I was throwing in-between defenses. It didn’t seem like it was sailing. It had great spin and I was putting it right on guys.” [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“I just wanted to know what that meant,” Baker said. “I didn’t think it was called for and I didn’t understand it.” Baker did not name the teammate, but said it was unwarranted. “It’s not completely surprising because people want attention,” Baker said. Baker, meanwhile, said doctors advised him not to play Saturday because of a partially torn hamstring. “It was a little rough (Wednesday),” Baker said. “We’ll see (today).” By Scott Wolf Staff Writer USC offensive tackle Sam Baker is a team captain this season, so it made sense he took offense to a teammate’s comment over the weekend criticizing the play calling. Following the loss to Oregon, a USC player said the Trojans’ playbook was on the Internet “for $9.95.” last_img

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *