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October 9, 2007 at 10:49 AM

Around the Pac-10

As always, Tuesday is the day for the weekly Pac-10 coaches teleconference.
Here are some highlights from the early portion.
UCLA: Coach Karl Dorrell said the Bruins are “a little bit ailing” at that position right now. Ben Olson is having arthroscopic surgery today to see now much damage there is to his knee. Dorrell said he thinks there is a meniscus tear but that the rest of the knee is okay. If so, he may be out just a few weeks instead of the season. Fortunately for the Bruins, they have their bye this week (they resume Oct. 20 against Cal) and have a little time to get it sorted out. The team is practicing in the morning with the bye week and Dorrell said Pat Cowan, who hurt his knee against UW, was back on a limited basis. Sounds as if Cowan will start against Cal. Dorrell also said that true freshman Chris Forcier will be taken out of redshirt status and could be used this season.
USC: Coach Pete Carroll said the team is proceeding as if Mark Sanchez will be the starter this week with John David Booty ailing with a broken bone in the middle finger of his throwing hand. USC hosts Arizona Saturday. Sanchez has never started but Carroll pointed out he went through spring ball in 2006 as the starter when Booty was sidelined with a back injury, and he has seen some time as a backup. Asked what happened against Stanford, Carroll pointed mostly to the five turnovers, saying the defense only gave up a couple of plays. His biggest disappointment other than the turnovers is the running game, which didn’t get much done against Stanford. Carroll said the problem was more the running backs then the line pointing out that Staffon Johnson missed the game with an injury.
STANFORD: Jim Harbaugh said T.C. Ostrander has been cleared to play at QB this week but that the job is now open and there has been no final decision made on who will start this week against TCU. Tavita Pritchard, the hero of the USC win, may be hard to take out of the lineup. Harbaugh said the 4th-and-20 play that Stanford converted on the last drive was supposed to be a route that included the tight end going out for a pass along with the receivers. But Prithchard couldn’t hear it and called a route that kept the tight end in to block. “I think I liked his version better,” Harbaugh said.

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