August 21, 1997 |
When Darrell Russell left USC a year early and became the second pick in the NFL draft, he left the Trojans with a big hole on the defensive line. It measures about 6 feet 4 and 305 pounds. End George Perry is the only returning starter, and both tackles are gone--Russell and Matt Keneley. Senior Cedric Jefferson (6-2, 280) is taking Russell's position and junior Marc Matock is the other tackle. Junior Lawrence Larry, who Coach John Robinson said is having a great camp, is the other end.
October 11, 1996 |
Ted Iacenda, the USC freshman running back charged with sexual assault, worked out with his teammates Thursday and afterward said his attorney had ordered him not to discuss his case with the media. "The one thing I can say is that [the charge] is absolutely untrue," Iacenda said, one day after he was processed in Las Vegas on a charge of assaulting a 17-year-old girl in Las Vegas on July 7.
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.
October 12, 2001 |
Though the USC offensive line had its best performance of the season against Washington, several players spent this week battling for starting spots. Faaesea Mailo practiced well enough to remain at left guard, Coach Pete Carroll said. But no announcement was made about center, where Norm Katnik was a surprise starter last week. Lenny Vandermade, a former freshman All-American, was competing to get that position back. "I knew I couldn't make any mistakes this week," Vandermade said.
October 9, 2000 |
USC's early season flirtation with a top-10 ranking completed its sudden and drastic reversal Sunday. The Trojans, who only two weeks ago stood at No. 8, fell out of the top 25 entirely, the result of consecutive losses to Oregon State and Arizona. And things don't get any easier with No. 9 Oregon coming to the Coliseum on Saturday. "Right now we're playing good football only in spurts," tackle Faaesea Mailo said. "If we keep going this way, we could get beat again."
August 31, 2001 |
On Wednesday, Coach Pete Carroll escorted Marcell Allmond off the field at the end of practice, leaning outside the gate to have a few last words with the receiver. Asked about the conversation immediately afterward, Carroll said they were talking about a class. Thursday brought the announcement that Allmond has been suspended pending the outcome of an investigation into an off-campus altercation that allegedly occurred last week.
November 29, 1996 |
Brad Otton, who Wednesday put his chances of playing against Notre Dame on Saturday at better than 50%, raised them to 100% Thursday. Attired in a custom-made flak jacket to protect his bruised sternum and ribs, the USC quarterback seemed to throw smoothly against the scout team defense. John Robinson had said Tuesday that Otton wouldn't play "unless he's pain free." "I honestly think it's a 100% chance I'll play, but how long I don't know," he said.
December 18, 2001 |
USC players have a ritual by which they reach up and touch the top of the gate to their practice field as they pass through. Monday marked the last "tap out" for a number of seniors. Cornerback Antuan Simmons hugged his mother, Faye, who watched practice with other parents on the sideline. Cornerback Kris Richard found himself thinking about former assistant Dennis Thurman, the secondary coach at USC for most of his college career. Defensive lineman Bobby DeMars wasn't sure what to think.
November 30, 1996 |
The "Win one for the fat man" theme is the second such for John Robinson, who announced his USC resignation three days before the 1982 Notre Dame game. The result: a 17-13 USC victory, its last in the series. * Cornerback/kick returner Chad Morton is out because of a bad back. Quarterback Brad Otton's availability will be a game-time decision. Notre Dame guard Mike Rosenthal is listed as probable after sitting out four games because of an ankle injury.
August 15, 1999 |
Until USC rebuilds its offensive line, the program won't get back to where the Trojans want to be. That's the way Coach Paul Hackett sees it, and he has plenty of company. The beginnings of progress are visible at camp, where the Trojans have gone from 11 scholarship linemen to 17, and from a starting offensive line with only one experienced player--Travis Claridge--to five potential returning starters. "I think we're making strides," offensive line coach Steve Greatwood said.