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Steve Sarkisian, USC look for that finishing kick
Steve Sarkisian, USC look for that finishing kick

Steve Sarkisian dropped to the ground, his legs and feet kicking, his left hand slamming the turf. "Catch the ball!" he yelled. "Catch the ball!" It was the middle of a USC practice this week, and the Trojans' first-year coach was imploring a defensive player to seize an interception opportunity. Sarkisian's intent: Remind the Trojans that no one could let up. Not even the coach. "You just try to push all the right buttons at the right time," he said. As USC heads into Saturday's game at Washington State, few fans and opinion-shapers question the Trojans' physical effort. But many are criticizing Sarkisian's play-calling, the...

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