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February 18, 2004 | Gary Klein
USC Coach Pete Carroll filled the final vacancy on his staff Tuesday, naming Todd McNair as running back coach. McNair, 38, coached running backs for the Cleveland Browns the last three seasons. He replaces Kennedy Pola, who left USC in January to join the Browns' staff after Coach Butch Davis fired McNair in December. McNair, a former NFL running back and special teams player, is the second former Cleveland assistant hired by Carroll in less than two weeks.
May 2, 1988
Carroll Righter, the dean of American astrologers whose fascination with the stars led him into a lengthy career that saw his column published in more than 200 newspapers, including The Times, is dead, it was learned today. His business manager, Thomas S. Pierson, said the veteran stargazer was 88 when he died of the complications of advanced age at St. John's Medical Center in Santa Monica on Sunday.
November 17, 2008 | Gary Klein, Klein is a Times staff writer.
For at least one night, USC regained its once indisputable standing as Tailback U. The Trojans' reliance on their running game in the second half against Stanford on Saturday harkened to the 1970s, when USC left opponents no choice but to try to stop the inevitable. But will it continue?
November 3, 2008 | Gary Klein, Klein is a Times staff writer.
Coach Pete Carroll typically avoids commenting about the Bowl Championship Series standings, let alone inviting questions about them. But even Carroll could not help injecting some gallows humor Sunday after the Trojans dropped from No. 5 to No. 7 in the aftermath of their third shutout victory in four weeks. "The more we win the worse we get," he joked. USC, a 56-0 winner Saturday over winless Washington, maintained its ranking in the coaches' and Harris Interactive polls.
August 15, 2003 | Gary Klein, Times Staff Writer
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.
October 26, 2007 | Gary Klein, Times Staff Writer
USC quarterback Mark Sanchez played late in the game against Oregon last season, mopping up for starter John David Booty in a convincing victory at the Coliseum. Sanchez's role will be significantly larger Saturday when he starts for the ninth-ranked Trojans against the fifth-ranked Ducks at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore.
October 6, 2005 | Gary Klein, Times Staff Writer
USC's game against Notre Dame is still more than a week away. But with an ear toward the matchup at Notre Dame Stadium -- and other remaining games at Washington and California -- USC Coach Pete Carroll ordered crowd noise piped in for Wednesday's practice as the top-ranked Trojans continued preparations for Saturday's home game against Arizona. USC is a heavy favorite Saturday and has won 26 consecutive games, 22 in a row at the Coliseum.
November 30, 2004 | Gary Klein, Times Staff Writer
After giving up a season-high 195 yards rushing against Notre Dame, USC Coach Pete Carroll said Monday that the top-ranked Trojans will face another formidable run-oriented challenge Saturday against UCLA. The Bruins are averaging 208 yards rushing a game. "That's a lot of yards they put on the board," said Carroll, whose team remains second in the nation against the run after Saturday's victory. "They're a legitimate big-time running football team, so we're going to have our hands full."
December 4, 2006 | Gary Klein, Times Staff Writer
Throughout the long history of their rivalry, USC and UCLA played each other 35 times with the Rose Bowl on the line for one or both teams. The spoils went to the victors in each of those matchups. Not this season. On Sunday, a day after UCLA's stunning 13-9 upset, USC officially accepted a bid to the Rose Bowl, the first time the outcome of the game between the Trojans and the Bruins earned the loser a New Year's Day date in Pasadena.
August 14, 2004 | Gary Klein, Times Staff Writer
With USC's cornerback situation a concern heading into the season, redshirt freshman Eric Wright's development has been of primary interest to Coach Pete Carroll during training camp. "He's a guy I've had my eye on the whole time," Carroll said Friday. Wright sat out last season after having hamstring surgery in August. He impressed during spring practice and worked with the first unit for most of the week because Kevin Arbet and Ronald Nunn were experiencing sore legs.
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