USC tailback Chauncey
"I probably know him better than anyone on the team so it's a good look," Patterson said.
USC compliance officials are interviewing players this week about recruiting dinners they attended at Papadakis Tavern in San Pedro. The dinners came under scrutiny for possible NCAA violations last December when the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported that owner John Papadakis, a former USC football player, made impassioned speeches to potential recruits. Papadakis has said he did not instruct recruits to choose USC. "It's just a routine thing they have to go through to make sure they are doing their due diligence about an issue that was raised," Carroll said…. Defensive end Lawrence Jackson did not practice because of upper-back spasms, but said he would return today. Defensive lineman Chris Barrett did not practice because of a calf strain, but said he hoped to play Saturday…. Linebacker Rey Maualuga (knee sprain) practiced and said he was near full speed. Nose tackle Sedrick Ellis also returned after sitting out Tuesday to rest a knee…. Carroll said he planned to speak with freshman fullback Stanley Havili about his status. Havili broke a leg against