November 19, 2005 |
USC fullback Brandon Hancock could not help noticing just about every time his cellphone rang this week. "Quite a few 559-area-code numbers were popping up on the old caller ID," said Hancock, a fourth-year junior from Fresno. More than perhaps any other USC player, Hancock is looking forward to tonight's game against 16th-ranked Fresno State at the Coliseum. Hancock attended Clovis West High in Fresno and said he grew up idolizing Fresno State players.
August 3, 2006 |
As the USC football team arrived for the start of training camp Wednesday morning, about a dozen players were told to report for drug testing at noon, their names selected at random. "Everyone knows we're getting tested at the end of the summer," offensive tackle Kyle Williams said. "They say [the selection] is done by computer, that they just press a button."
August 15, 2003 |
USC Coach Pete Carroll all but named Matt Leinart the starting quarterback for the season opener Thursday after the sophomore continued an impressive training camp by toughing out a hand injury. Leinart and the Trojans received a scare when the left-hander bruised his throwing hand while trying to block on a reverse. Leinart was relieved when X-rays revealed no broken bones. He felt even better after Carroll gave him his strongest endorsement to date.
November 20, 2005 |
From the day in February when USC reluctantly put Fresno State on its schedule, the Trojans knew they faced a potential hazard on their road to a third consecutive national championship. Fresno State lives by the motto "Anyone, Anytime, Anywhere." And on Saturday night at the Coliseum, the Bulldogs proved it was not just wordplay. Safety Darnell Bing's interception in the end zone in the final minute secured top-ranked USC's 50-42 victory before a sellout crowd of 90,007.
January 20, 2006 |
Darkness shrouded USC's campus Thursday when quarterback Mark Sanchez pushed through the gate at Howard Jones Field just before 6 a.m. A few minutes later, John David Booty arrived, joining about three dozen teammates trying to keep warm in a cold wind.
January 29, 2003 |
One week from today, on the first day college football programs can sign high school seniors to letters of intent, Pete Carroll of USC and Karl Dorrell of UCLA will be able to end their NCAA-mandated vows of silence and discuss their 2003 recruiting classes. Consider this a preview of what the atmosphere will be on each campus: At USC, they will be popping corks to celebrate the best recruiting class since the Trojans won three national championships in the 1970s.