Opener may be moved
USC coach Pete Carroll said he favors moving the Trojans’ 2006 season-opener at Arkansas to late August to accommodate ESPN, but Razorbacks coach Houston Nutt needs to approve the idea. The game is scheduled for Sept. 9, but ESPN wants to move it late August. Arkansas is scheduled to play Louisiana-Monroe on Sept. 2, so the Razorbacks’ game against the Trojans would be their season-opener, which is one reason no decision has been made. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Powdrell to fullback? Linebacker Ryan Powdrell said he’s spoken to coaches about to fullback as a way of getting more playing time next season. Powdrell played fullback at Mission Viejo High. “Coach Carroll said it’s a possibility,” Powdrell said. USC returns Brandon Hancock and Jody Adewale at fullback next season and recently received a commitment from Stanley Havili, rated the No. 3 fullback in the nation by Rivals.com. Sartz to track: Linebacker Dallas Sartz, currently recovering from shoulder surgery, said he will begin working out with the track team to improve his speed. Sartz could play safety next season, because USC lost starters Scott Ware and Darnell Bing. Scott Wolf, (818) 713-3607 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “In the past it’s been a good format for us to start early,” Carroll said. “We’d play a game and then have a bye before our second game, which I like.” If the game were changed, USC would get at least a week off before playing Nebraska on Sept. 16.