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September 16, 2006
Regarding "Student Body Left (Out)?" Sept. 12: Three years ago, as a USC faculty football season-ticket holder of 25 years, I with others was pushed 25 yards goal-ward to make room for new financial donors. I joked then to Gary Klein, "Soon they'll be sticking the band in the end zone and eliminating the student section." Garrett Inc. must have thought that was a good suggestion. After all, USC football is not about students, faculty, staff and regular alumni. It's about money. It's a business.
September 3, 2010 | By Michael Phillips, Tribune Newspapers critic
Warning: This is not a reliable review of "Going the Distance. " When it comes to contemporary American romantic comedy, my brain, heart and standards have been seriously compromised by "The Ugly Truth," "Did You Hear About the Morgans?", "The Bounty Hunter" and "The Back-up Plan" and many others. Too many others. The calculated sexual raunch (mostly verbal) in "Going the Distance" impedes on its hard-edged, soft-center charm, and it may be enough to throw various audience segments straight out of the thing.
September 29, 2009 | Gary Klein and Ben Bolch
USC running back Stafon Johnson underwent more than six hours of throat surgery Monday after he was injured in a weight-room accident on campus. Johnson, a senior, was still in surgery at California Hospital Medical Center as of 9 p.m., the school said. Johnson was in "critical but stable" condition, a hospital spokeswoman said at 7:20 p.m. Johnson, who starred at Dorsey High, was just starting a set of bench-press lifts near the end of a midmorning workout when he apparently lost control of the bar and it landed on his neck, Coach Pete Carroll said.
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.
February 28, 1988 | STEVE BEATTY
Wayne Branstetter did not know quite how to feel. For most Saturday's San Diego Section Masters wrestling meet, Branstetter, the Poway High School coach, said he felt like he was on top of the world. His team was cruising to its sixth Masters title in seven years. Guys who were not expected to be in the top four were winning. Seven Poway wrestlers made it to the finals. Poway had earned 187 1/2 points before the finals even started. But it did not receive one more point.
July 19, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Former El Toro pitcher Garrett Mundell, who will be a junior at Fresno State this fall, is having a terrific summer in the Alaska League. He's 5-1 with an 0.73 ERA playing for the Achorage Bucs.  
March 31, 1989
Oceanside High athlete Jerry Garrett has been ruled academically ineligible for the second time this school year and will no longer compete in track. Garrett, a star quarterback, was also ruled ineligible midway through last football season. Garrett ran the 100 meters, long jumped and anchored the 400 relay before leaving the track team.
November 23, 1996
So USC Athletic Director Mike Garrett says that it has always been the policy at USC to wait until the end of the playing season before evaluating a sports program. Unless, of course, that program is men's basketball and the coach is Charlie Parker, in which case you have no problem firing--beg pardon, evaluating--mid-season, right, Mike? JOSEPH CARLUCCI Encino
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