March 12, 1993 |
Fifteen months after leaving Anaheim Stadium as departing coach of the Rams, John Robinson reappeared in Orange County on Thursday, emerging from the dark mouth of Sleeping Beauty's castle into the bright sunshine at Disneyland, reborn as the coach of the USC Trojans. Robinson made his grand entrance as part of a press conference to introduce the participants in the Disneyland Pigskin Classic IV--North Carolina and USC. Although the game won't be played for nearly six months--Sunday, Aug.
August 21, 2000 |
The two-deep roster that USC released Sunday contained no surprises, but the Trojans might be playing coy by leaving a few questions unanswered. As expected, Sultan McCullough and Malaefou MacKenzie were named co-starters at tailback. They will split time for several games, or until one emerges as a clear-cut choice.
August 1, 1996 |
John Robinson, with 25 days until USC's football opener, greets the first wave of his 1996 football team today. His freshman recruiting class--reported to be his best yet--will practice at Howard Jones Field at 7:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. His veterans, including 10 starters from the 1996 Rose Bowl championship team, join the freshmen Monday. USC, almost a unanimous favorite to repeat as Pacific 10 champion, opens against Penn State on Aug. 25 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.
October 19, 1995 |
Israel Ifeanyi, USC's senior defensive end, is caught in a dispute between his school and the NCAA and will not play Saturday against Notre Dame as he awaits the final outcome of his confusing eligibility case. By trying to get the NCAA to rule quickly in Ifeanyi's case, USC might inadvertently have eliminated any hope the linebacker had of playing Saturday against Notre Dame and infuriated NCAA officials in the process.
November 2, 1996 |
The Coliseum becomes Dodge City this afternoon, with USC's young guns staring down Marshal Dillon. Washington's Huskies (5-2 overall, 4-1 in the Pacific 10 Conference) hope to run their new top gun, Corey Dillon, through, around and over the Trojans and hold onto second place in the Pac-10, behind unbeaten Arizona State.
September 21, 1996 |
USC running back Shawn Walters has denied an anonymous accusation that he accepted gifts from an agent last year while he was serving a 12-game suspension for receiving gifts from a different agent. USC was informed Wednesday that the NCAA had received an anonymous call claiming Walters accepted travel expenses and tickets to a San Diego Charger game from Jordan Woy, a Texas agent, and Woy's assistant, Mike Merkow, last fall.
November 3, 1993 |
No one should be surprised that these two players should be headliners in the closing weeks of the Pacific 10 Conference football season. After all, both quarterbacks, Steve Stenstrom and Rob Johnson, were outstanding high school quarterbacks. But the remarkable part of this story is that they were not only at the same high school but in one season, 1989, played on the same team.
October 9, 1999 |
Whither the Pac-10? Maybe that should be wither the Pac-10. Exactly which of the preseason favorites for the Pacific 10 Conference title still has a realistic shot at the Rose Bowl will be decided today at Arizona Stadium. Will it be once-upon-a-time No. 4 Arizona, still trying to right itself--and tackle somebody--after being trounced by Penn State and Stanford? Or No.
October 17, 2001 |
Ask the guys who play along the line or in the secondary. Ask anyone on the USC defense about Notre Dame and the answer is pretty much the same. For them, it isn't just the gold helmets and "Touchdown Jesus" that make this rivalry special. It's the massive Irish offensive line. It's the hitting. "Every season is the same," defensive end Lonnie Ford said. "Notre Dame is smash-mouth football." Last season, that translated into a bruising defeat.
November 20, 2000 |
Forty-eight hours ago, it was a foregone conclusion. Paul Hackett was on his way out the door. Then his team defeated UCLA, giving him two victories in a row over the Bruins, the first USC coach to achieve that since 1988. If the Trojans defeat Notre Dame at the Coliseum on Saturday, he will be the first to sweep the rival schools in almost two decades. Add to that some very public support from the star quarterback, Carson Palmer, and Hackett has a chance to stay, right? Not so fast.