Ohio State coach Jim Tressel said star tailback Chris
"Beanie" Wells' injured foot did not improve and that he was doubtful for Saturday's game against USC.
Tressel said there was lingering soreness for Wells after he worked out Wednesday. Wells didn't practice with the team Thursday morning just before it departed for Los Angeles.
"We were hoping he'd wake up this morning and feel even better than yesterday," Tressel said.
"But it didn't happen. We'll see from here."
The news did not exactly generate much response from the Trojans.
"I don't really care," safety Kevin Ellison said.
"If he's in there, good for him."
Asked by a reporter about
"Beanie's status," Ellison said,
"Who? Who's Beanie?"
Coach Pete Carroll said is still assuming Wells will play.
"He probably wasn't going to play the whole game anyway," Carroll said.
"In his history, he's been banged up a bunch of times and found a way to get out there."
Meanwhile, USC wide receiver Vidal Hazelton (sprained ankle) said he was 95 percent recovered and would play Saturday.
"I ice it so much it doesn't have a chance to swell up," Hazelton said.
Safety Will Harris recovered from suffering a sprained ankle Wednesday and is available.
Early opener: USC intends to open its student gates a half-hour earlier than normal Saturday to avoid a repeat of the Nebraska disaster two years ago when there were complaints about being crushed by stampeding fans.
The walkway between the Rose Garden in Exposition Park and Coliseum has also been widened to allow more fans coming from the USC campus. The Los Angeles Police Department is also going to have an extra detail to look for ticket scalpers.
No news: The NCAA Clearinghouse was still reviewing the transcripts of USC recruits Nick Perry and Curtis McNeal.
The pair must be cleared by today in order to attend school this semester.
The clearinghouse gave McNeal preliminary approval but has yet to formally approve his records.
Best defense?: Carroll tried to pump up Ohio State's defense and said,
"These guys are the best defense in America, statisically. This is the ultimate challenge."
The key word was
Asked if he meant the Buckeyes' defense was better than USC's, he demurred.
"They were the best statistically last year," he said.
Galippo plan: Linebacker Chris Galippo said he will see a doctor today to receive clearance to practice in full pads next week. He participated in individual drills this week.
Galippo, who underwent back surgery in the summer, said he should be available in two weeks against Oregon State.