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USC Now mailbag: Trojans recruiting and Ed Orgeron

Time again for the USC Now mailbag.

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USC has 24 scholarships this year, and with the signing of Isaac Whitney, they have six spots left. There are quite a few possibilities left on the table for them. I assume that the coaches will try and use that limited availability to get key players to commit, but is it first-come-first-served for the remaining scholarships? Or can the team recall offers if they feel they need to hold some spots open?

-- Torin, Portland, Ore.

Great question, Torin.

USC has 24 scholarships in the 2015 recruiting class, because a scholarship was given to kicker Matt Boermeester, who is a blue-shirt recruit already on the roster.

USC has guaranteed scholarships to five players who signed financial-aid agreements: Ventura St. Bonaventure High quarterback Ricky Town, Granite Bay linebacker Cameron Smith, Riverside City College...

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Watch Gary Klein and Lindsey Thiry preview USC vs. Nebraska

USC will play Nebraska in the Holiday Bowl on Saturday at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego.

The Trojans finished the regular season 8-4 overall and 6-3 in the Pac-12 Conference. The Cornhuskers are 9-3 overall and 5-3 in the Big Ten.

Nebraska fired coach Bo Pelini after the regular-season finale and hired Oregon State Coach Mike Riley, but the Cornhuskers will be led by interim coach Barney Cotton in the bowl game.

This will be USC's first time playing in the Holiday Bowl, but its fifth game against Nebraska. 

In 2007, the Trojans defeated the Cornhuskers, 49-31, in Lincoln, Neb.

Times beat reporter Gary Klein joins me to preview the game.

Here's the rundown:

  • USC's first time in the Holiday Bowl
  • Nebraska's interim coach situation
  • USC's offense
  • USC's defense
  • NFL-eligible players 

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USC football morning report

Fact of the day: In the Holiday Bowl's 37-year history, this is only the second time the game will be played on a Saturday.

USC is set to play Nebraska in the Holiday Bowl on Saturday at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego.

The Trojans finished the regular season 8-4 overall and 6-3 in the Pac-12 Conference. The Cornhuskers are 9-3 overall and 5-3 in the Big Ten.

This will be USC's first time playing in the Holiday Bowl, but its fifth game against Nebraska. 

In 2007, the Trojans defeated the Cornhuskers, 49-31, in Lincoln, Neb.

In The Times:

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USC players interact with a Beluga whale at SeaWorld

USC captains received kisses from a sea lion at the San Diego Zoo on Wednesday. By Thursday, it was “Allua” the Beluga whale’s turn at SeaWorld.

Players went behind the scenes of the “Wild Arctic” exhibit to perform tricks with the whale.

“So what do I do?” asked quarterback Cody Kessler, as the whale popped out of the water and planted a kiss on his cheek.

Defensive lineman Leonard Williams, center Max Tuerk, receiver Nelson Agholor and linebackers Hayes Pullard and Scott Felix also interacted with the whale.

“Its head is so soft,” said Williams after he received a kiss from the whale. “It’s all squishy.”

USC plays Nebraska on Saturday in the Holiday Bowl.

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USC players race after Christmas Day practice

USC practiced to Christmas music for a little more than an hour on Thursday at San Diego State.

Afterward, some players danced off the field as a few others -- including George Farmer, Adoree’ Jackson, Josh Shaw and Gerald Bowman -- lined up for a 50-yard race.

“Hold on, this is going to be a good race,” said Coach Steve Sarkisian, interrupting a reporter’s question during a news conference.

Farmer won by about five yards.

“Get out of here!” Sarkisian hollered, laughing.

Sarkisian said the team was in “good spirits” during practice.

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USC players get warm welcome from San Diego Zoo sea lion

USC football captains got cozy with Cabo the sea lion at the San Diego Zoo on Wednesday.

“Awe, that feels so weird,” said defensive lineman Leonard Williams as he laughed when the sea lion planted a kiss on his cheek.

Receiver Nelson Agholor giggled in anticipation of Cabo’s peck.

“He gave me a kiss!” Agholor exclaimed with a laugh.

Players spent two hours wandering the zoo, ahead of Saturday's Holiday Bowl game against Nebraska. The main attraction was the lions exhibit, “even though they were sleeping,” Williams said.

The Trojans will visit SeaWorld on Thursday. 

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