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Trojans need mental toughness in 2015

by Greg Katz

LOS ANGELES – Since training camp opened for the USC Trojans, head coach Steve Sarkisian and his staff have worked on fundamentals, team drills, special situations, and the “Finish Challenge,” a competition to avoid end-of-game collapses.

It’s hoped these practices and the “Finish Challenge” will pay dividends during the heat of a foreboding Pac-12 schedule and a trip to Notre Dame. Steve Sarkisian is optimistic that all the attention to detail will eventually put his team in position to attain a series of 2015 challenges and championships.

With the opener against Arkansas State slightly over two weeks away, the one crucial area that the coaching staff can preach but the team can’t realistically practice is handling the forthcoming emotional pressures from on and off the field.

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Greg Katz

Now in his 58th season of either writing, broadcasting, or just plain watching USC football, WeAreSC columnist Greg Katz began his affiliation with the website back in 2001, introducing his well-received O/NSO (The Obvious/The Not So Obvious) column and later adding his respected IMHO Sunday opinion and tidbits column. Greg, a former ESPN.com college football staff writer covering USC, is also a member of the Football Writer's Association of America. He is also known in Southern California as a professional public address announcer, having called the the 1996 Rose Bowl Game between USC and Northwestern. Greg also holds a master's degree in athletic administration and was a former varsity high school coach of 27 years.


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