August 14, 2011 |
USC's tailback competition could become a game of Last Man Standing. Marc Tyler , last season's starter, is suspended for the Sept. 3 opener against Minnesota, and possibly longer. Junior Curtis McNeal started Sunday's scrimmage at the Coliseum and ran strong on his first two carries before suffering a knee injury when tackled on his third. The former Venice High star needed assistance in leaving the field, then spent time on the trainer's table and bench before eventually rising from his seat and walking along the sideline.
August 13, 2011 |
Lane Kiffin seemed a ridiculous hire. What school facing severe sanctions hires a coach facing sanctions at Tennessee? It smacked of being a desperate act of an imperiled athletic director, Mike Garrett, to hold together the vestiges of a bygone era before Garrett was gone. Kiffin, a piece of Pete Carroll's glory years, was an obvious, selfish, short-term fix to keep a recruiting class from bailing. Never mind that it worked. USC has been able to forestall a calamity greater than the calamity of going 8-5. The Trojans proactively hoarded talent ahead of impending NCAA sanctions and are in such decent shape entering 2011 that they've been picked to win a Pac-12 South division they aren't, technically, allowed to win. The real pain starts next year, when USC loses 10 scholarships a year for three seasons.
August 12, 2011 |
USC's starting tailback job is turning into a moving target. That, at least, is the way Coach Lane Kiffin is playing it publicly. Redshirt freshman D.J. Morgan started the first scrimmage, sophomore Dillon Baxter moved ahead with a strong performance, and Friday, Kiffin said junior Curtis McNeal was in the lead. Whether that's true or just another motivational ploy by Kiffin to keep the trio and freshman Amir Carlisle on edge won't be known until the Trojans open the season Sept.
April 23, 2011 |
The line of fans waiting for Matt Barkley's autograph stretched the width of the Coliseum field Saturday after USC's final spring scrimmage. The junior quarterback had not exactly enjoyed a signature performance: He had two passes intercepted against a defense that never blitzed during the 121-play scrimmage. But neither Coach Lane Kiffin nor Barkley seemed too concerned on a day when tailbacks flashed breakaway ability and the defense showed improvement. Photos: USC's final spring scrimmage Still, with so many players sidelined because of injuries, Kiffin does not have a good feel for what his team will be like in the upcoming season.
April 9, 2011 |
Matt Barkley went through most of Saturday's practice and scrimmage at the Coliseum with a camera mounted on the front of his helmet. The intent was to give fans a point-of-view experience through the eyes of USC's junior quarterback. "Hopefully, they got some good shots out of it," Barkley said. New York Jets' Mark Sanchez addresses USC football team before practice Video editors will no doubt spend much of their time culling through footage of receiver Robert Woods , as Barkley continuously looked for the sophomore in drills and during an 86-play scrimmage.
April 2, 2011 |
Every time USC running back Dillon Baxter sees a would-be tackler out of the corner of his eye, instinct kicks in. "I want to cut back so bad," he said Saturday. The sophomore tailback, however, is attempting this spring to move straight ahead — on and off the field. Baxter's freshman season was, in his words, "a mess. " Quarterback Matt Barkley finding a comfort zone Part of the problem was a spectacular run he made last spring against a defense that would later prove to be subpar in tackling.
December 3, 2010 |
The NFL Players Assn. announced Friday that it had revoked the certification of agent Teague Egan, a USC student who gave tailback Dillon Baxter a golf cart ride on campus that led the freshman's temporary ineligibility. In a statement, the NFLPA said that Egan violated "numerous provisions of the NFLPA's Agent Regulations" by providing Baxter with the ride, which is regarded by the NCAA as a prohibited extra benefit. Baxter was suspended by USC for the Trojans' Nov. 20 game at Oregon State.
November 29, 2010 |
Meet Teague Egan , noted golf cart chauffeur, and the country's first certified NFL student agent, well meaning, he says, but with the potential to destroy USC's hopes of recovering from NCAA sanctions. A budding entrepreneur, Egan is probably known best in USC circles for not knowing the rules as a certified NFL agent, resulting in the one-game suspension of Dillon Baxter . His goal now is to represent four to six of his friends, who also happen to be USC football players, in the upcoming NFL draft ?
November 24, 2010 |
Dillon Baxter was reinstated Wednesday by the NCAA, clearing the way for the USC tailback to play Saturday against Notre Dame. "Hopefully, this week he can do some things for us," Coach Lane Kiffin said. "And what better game for it to happen in. " Baxter was ruled ineligible for last week's game at Oregon State after accepting a golf-cart ride on campus from a student who is also an agent. He was reinstated after making a $5 donation to charity ? the approximate value of the prohibited extra benefit he received.
November 22, 2010 |
The suspension of USC tailback Dillon Baxter , resulting from a golf cart ride the freshman accepted from a fellow student who is a registered agent, continued to reverberate Monday with the school responding to Internet reports that included photographs of Trojans players taken at parties sponsored by the student. Baxter was declared ineligible for last week's game at Oregon State because he accepted a ride on campus from other USC students, one of whom was Teague Egan , chairman of 1st Round Enterprises.