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Win one for the fat man? Win one for the Holtzer? Could anyone have dreamed, even a month ago, that the 1996 college football season would come down to this? To a USC team turned upside-down by three consecutive defeats and speculation that its coach is about to be turned loose? To a Notre Dame team whose coach is walking away, virtually without explanation, from the sport's best job? Yet that's exactly how the script reads when Notre Dame (8-2) plays USC (5-6) tonight at a sold-out Coliseum.
April 26, 2014 | By Chris Foster
UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley was a bit flustered, something opposing defenses might not be able to cause this fall. Asked how the college football world will greet the Bruins when they return for August training camp, Hundley said, "Great question. With open arms?" Hundley turned serious, "That's a tough question to answer because what I expect is different from what everyone else will expect of us. " Actually, not so much. The bar will be set high for UCLA entering the 2014 season … in the locker room and in the public's eye. "We definitely should be considered as a big-time program," said linebacker Myles Jack.
"I don't know if you can see the scar," Ryan Nece says. Barely. "It goes from here to here." He stretches his right hand over to his left ear, extending the thumb inside the closely cropped dark hair as a pointer, then drags it over the bend of the skull to the other side. "I had an operation," he says. "They cut me open from ear to ear." For the reconstruction. "They pull down your skin, they cut underneath my eyes. I have titanium plates all through here."
April 4, 2014 | By James Barragan
Tom Umberg still remembers the Ducks' inaugural game at Honda Center in 1993. The Arrowhead Pond, as it was then called, was packed with more than 17,000 fans, all using their duck calls to accompany a Dixieland band in its rendition of "When the Ducks Go Marching In. " At one point during the pregame show Wild Wing, the team's greater than life-sized duck mascot, flew into the arena from the rafters. Umberg was in awe. So much so that almost 21 years later he remembers the pregame more than the final score.
It appeared a case of school property defacement, likely the work of a prankster. Years ago, an assistant coach at Claremont McKenna College came upon an old desk while cleaning out a weight room in the athletic department. The culprit had carved into the wood, the way lovebirds might scrawl a heart into a tree. Except this inscription was curious: it read "I Love This College" and was signed "John Zinda." The assistant reported what he thought was an act of mockery to the football coach.
December 26, 2010 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
The Rose Bowl -bound college football teams made their annual pilgrimage to Disneyland on Sunday, taking in a day of roller coasters, parades and confetti-filled pomp. During the visit, Wisconsin Badgers and Texas Christian Horned Frogs football players rode the Matterhorn bobsleds and the Mad Tea Party teacups after greeting fans in a celebration in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle. "I don't really like the rides where you go up and down too much," said 6-foot-3, 305-pound Texas Christian center Jake Kirkpatrick.
August 28, 1994
Arrowhead League--Southern California Christian (Bert Esposito). Century League--Canyon (Bob Hughes), El Modena (Steve Howard), Foothill (Tom Meiss), Orange (Dick Hill), Santa Ana Valley (Scott Orloff), Villa Park (Pat Mahoney). Empire League--Century (Bill Brown), Cypress (John Selbe), El Dorado (Rick Jones), Katella (Larry Anderson), Kennedy (Mitch Olson), Loara (John deFries).
August 28, 2001 | Ben Bolch
Southern California high school football teams are 2-1 against Hawaiian opponents after San Clemente and Dana Point Dana Hills split their games Saturday. Terrell Vinson rushed for 197 yards and scored three touchdowns to lead Dana Hills over Honolulu Pac-Five, 30-14, at Aloha Stadium. Vinson scored on touchdown runs of 10 and 70 yards and had a nine-yard touchdown reception. San Clemente did not fare as well in a 40-7 loss to Honolulu St. Louis.
August 6, 2012 | Eric Sondheimer
To play high school football in Southern California, players have to fulfill some basic requirements, such as getting a physical and making sure they are academically eligible. There is an added element if you want to play for Sherman Oaks Notre Dame this season. You'll need a passport, because the Knights are headed to Ireland to play Hamilton High of Chandler, Ariz., on Aug. 31 in a journey that will rank as the longest trip any Southern Section school has traveled for a regular-season football game.
November 14, 1987
The San Diego Section seeding committee will meet at 8 a.m. today to determine the four at-large high school football teams from the 2-A and 3-A divisions. The committee also will determine the top seeds for the playoffs. Each league, except the Grossmont 2-A, will automatically send its top two teams. The Grossmont 2-A league will send only its top team because there are only four teams in the league.
January 28, 2014 | By Gary Klein
JERSEY CITY, N.J. - Most NFL players require years to hone their football skills and become pros. Denver Broncos tight end Julius Thomas needed one season of college football. The 6-foot-5, 250-pound Thomas played basketball for four seasons at Portland State, then joined the school's football team and ended up being selected in the fourth round of the 2011 NFL draft. Three years later, he's preparing for the Super Bowl. "This isn't something that I imagined doing when I was 20 years old, getting ready to play in the NCAA tournament," Thomas said this week.
January 15, 2014 | Chris Erskine
Pro ball seems always to just elude my soft, suburban hands. I have this dream, over and over, where the QB zips a pass high over the middle, and I am unable to go up for it. I look down, and I see two newspaper editors wrapping their arms around my legs, preventing me from reaching the ball. One looks like Naomi Watts, the other .... Look, details aren't import. What's important is that something always seems to be holding us back from our dreams. Don't let it. Paper Lion? Meet Paper Kiss.
January 1, 2014 | Bill Dwyre
Stanford didn't go totally without a victory in the Rose Bowl on Wednesday, even though Michigan State won the game, 24-20. The Cardinal and its young and successful coach, David Shaw, took top honors in stubbornness. They were rock-solid in that category. No matter what the score, what the situation, what point in the game, they played "Stanford football. " Translation is simple: "You establish the running game. " You do so, even if you end up establishing only that Michigan State is too good on defense to allow you to establish the running game.
December 27, 2013 | By Gary Klein
John Baxter, USC's special teams coach the last four seasons, said he was told by new Coach Steve Sarkisian that he would not be part of his Trojans staff. Baxter said he met with Sarkisian earlier this week and was told there was not a scenario that he would remain with the staff. “I'm proud of the work we've done collectively and proud of the work I've done at USC,” Baxter said Thursday night. “I enjoyed every day working there. I'm proud of what was accomplished on the field and academically.” Baxter, who coached for 13 seasons at Fresno State before coming to USC, was responsible for implementing an “Academic Gameplan” designed to help players stay on track toward graduation.
December 22, 2013 | Eric Sondheimer
There's little doubt that 10 years from now, when high school football fans and experts look back and debate how good Bellflower St. John Bosco's team was in 2013, the verdict will be near unanimous: the best in Southern California history. Even before Saturday night's 20-14 victory over Concord De La Salle in the CIF state championship Open Division bowl game, the Braves (16-0) were receiving rave reviews. Outgoing Santa Margarita Coach Harry Welch said the Braves were the best team he'd seen since he started coaching in 1965.
December 21, 2013 | Eric Sondheimer
Give a quality high school football coach five years to execute a plan, and the results can be memorable. That's what came to fruition for Ed Croson and West Hills Chaminade on Saturday night at StubHub Center in Carson. Five years after leaving Lake Balboa Birmingham as a four-time City Section champion to assume the challenge of trying to revitalize the Eagles, Croson watched his program win the CIF state championship Division II bowl game with a dominating 41-9 victory over Redding Enterprise.
January 4, 2001
The Southland all-star prep football teams as chosen by the staff of The Los Angeles Times (the Orange County team appeared in Tuesday's Prep Extra): CITY Offense WR--Earvin Johnson, Cathedral; Mark Bradford, Fremont. OL--Walter Mebane III, Crenshaw; Francisco Lainez, Dorsey; Larry Harris, Jefferson; Marco Guerra, Fremont; Keith Ornelas, Loyola; B--Devin Hollins, Crenshaw; Daniel Gonzalez, Franklin; Rafael Rice, Loyola; Manuel Esparza, Roosevelt. K--Nathan Oakes, Loyola.
May 17, 1994 | SHELBY GRAD
Cross-town football rivals will team up next month when players and coaches from three high schools sponsor a carnival aimed at raising money for their cash-strapped programs. The Tri-School Fair will take place June 3-5 and is being organized by football teams from Irvine, Woodbridge and University high schools. The teams are fierce competitors on the field, but boosters said that all three need money.
December 16, 2013 | SAM FARMER
The Miami Dolphins beat the New England Patriots on Sunday for the first time in the last eight tries. That prompted high-fives in Denver, high anxiety in San Diego . . . and an extremely low word count in Tom Brady's postgame news conference. The Patriots quarterback, blissfully inexperienced at losing games in December, answered two questions at the podium -- a total of 74 words, one unprintable -- before excusing himself in frustration. "We had plenty of chances all day," said Brady, who threw for 364 yards and two touchdowns in the 24-20 defeat.
November 17, 2013 | By Chris Foster
A weary and somewhat battered group of UCLA football players headed toward the student section Friday, as is the habit after Bruins victories. They then trudged back to the locker room, probably feeling every snap from a 41-31 victory over Washington. The Bruins are halfway through a four-game stretch that will determine their fate. Consecutive scratch-and-claw victories over Arizona and Washington have led them to a showdown with Arizona State on Saturday. UCLA is one game behind the first-place Sun Devils in the Pac-12 Conference South Division.
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