April 13, 2013 |
USC concluded spring practice Saturday with a Coliseum scrimmage devoid of tackling. This time, however, it was by executive order, not defensive shortcomings. With 20 players sidelined because of injuries, and the Trojans especially thin at tight end and receiver, Coach Lane Kiffin said "there just weren't enough bodies out there. " So fans in the stadium and those watching on television saw the Trojans finish workouts with what amounted to a glorified passing drill designed to avoid injuries.
April 12, 2013 |
The competition to replace Matt Barkley as USC's starting quarterback will not end Saturday in the Trojans' final spring scrimmage at the Coliseum. But Max Wittek, Cody Kessler and Max Browne are looking forward to making lasting impressions. Trojans Coach Lane Kiffin has not classified them in any order - "They're all in there," he said - and no major change is expected when Kiffin releases a depth chart Monday. Still, the quarterbacks' performances will enable USC fans to begin forming opinions as the Trojans head into summer.
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March 21, 2013 |
The top manager of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum refused to answer questions Wednesday after his lawyer objected to the presence of Los Angeles Times reporters at a deposition in an open-government lawsuit against the stadium's overseers. Interim General Manager John Sandbrook walked out of the deposition in the suit brought by The Times and a 1st Amendment group. The Times would not agree to exclude the two reporters or prohibit them from publishing Sandbrook's sworn answers before they are introduced as evidence in a trial.
March 10, 2013 |
Jack Beasley died. You might say "Who?" and I wouldn't disagree. I knew him like I do so many people: To say hello, chat a little, laugh a little, so I really didn't know him at all. But you probably saw him, a regular part of your life maybe on some Saturdays, or at the very least you looked through him. He was the guy standing on the concourse monitoring access to the press box elevator, a fixture at the Coliseum since 1967. He worked hundreds of football and basketball games and saw none of them.
February 8, 2013 |
There will be big doings for USC athletics Saturday at the Coliseum. And no, Matt Barkley did not get another year of eligibility. This has to do with lacrosse, which brings to mind one of two things for most of us: a medium-sized city in Wisconsin or a sport with sticks. Sticks it will be. Also, a beginning. USC will play its first-ever NCAA game, at 3 p.m., in a sport that is a big deal in the East and barely on the radar in these parts. It will be women's lacrosse, 12 scholarships spread among 26 student athletes.
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January 11, 2013 |
The financially strapped Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission has failed to pay $500,000 in rent to the state of California. The board of the California Science Center, which owns the land where the Coliseum sits, has asked the state attorney general's office to assess its legal options, Jeffrey Rudolph, the center's president, said Friday. The Coliseum is in deep financial difficulty. Officials there said this week that they may not have enough money to pay employees by the end of March.