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February 5, 2004 | Gary Klein, Times Staff Writer
For a day anyway, there is not much debate about who is No. 1 in college football. On Wednesday, the first day that high school players could sign letters of intent, USC appeared to have edged Louisiana State and other programs on the recruiting front. USC, coming off a 12-1 national co-championship season that included a Rose Bowl victory over Michigan, signed 17 players, including 14 high school players and three junior college players. Three other new players already are enrolled in school.
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April 3, 2004 | Gary Klein, Times Staff Writer
USC finished last season ranked No. 1, a distinction the school also might hold when it comes to the price of tickets for spring football games and scrimmages. Walk-up general admission for the annual Trojan Huddle today at the Coliseum is $25, which includes a lunch ticket redeemable for two hamburgers and two soft drinks. Parking is $6. The scrimmage begins at 11 a.m. Last year, the event drew an estimated 5,000.
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December 24, 2004 | Gary Klein, Times Staff Writer
John Drake is on track to start at left guard when top-ranked USC plays No. 2 Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl, Coach Pete Carroll said Thursday. Drake, a 6-foot-4 senior who is listed at 350 pounds, appears recovered from a high ankle sprain that forced him to sit out all or most of the Trojans' final four games. Freshman Jeff Byers, who has started in Drake's place, will revert to a backup role. "John's got more experience, that helps us," Carroll said. "He's had one of his best weeks ever."
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October 27, 2004 | Gary Klein, Times Staff Writer
USC quarterback Matt Leinart is looking forward to Saturday's game at Washington State so he can finally put last week's effort behind. On Tuesday, Leinart initially called his performance in the Trojans' victory over Washington "probably the worst game I played in my career." He retreated some when reminded the top-ranked Trojans won, 38-0.
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October 30, 2003 | Gary Klein, Times Staff Writer
Tailback U qualified as a misnomer for USC for the better part of the last two decades, but the third-ranked Trojans are ranked first in the Pacific 10 Conference in rushing heading into Saturday's game against sixth-ranked Washington State at the Coliseum. USC, which has not finished first in the conference in rushing since 1981, is averaging 160.5 yards a game. "That's a big deal," sophomore tailback Hershel Dennis said Wednesday. "Now we have to build on that this year and every year."
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December 8, 2004 | Gary Klein, Times Staff Writer
Ed Orgeron, USC's defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator, spoke with Mississippi officials Tuesday and is expected to interview for the school's head coaching position in the next few days. "I expect to interview with Ole Miss by the end of the week," Orgeron said. Mississippi fired David Cutcliffe last week after a 4-7 season. Orgeron, 43, is a Louisiana native.
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December 16, 2004 | Gary Klein, Times Staff Writer
Daryl Gross, a senior associate athletic director at USC, is expected to be named athletic director at Syracuse as early as Friday. "Out of respect to Syracuse and their search process, I'm going to decline any comment on the situation other than to say it's a very attractive job," Gross said Wednesday night. Gross handled coaching searches, including those that resulted in the hiring of football Coach Pete Carroll and incoming men's basketball coach Rick Majerus, who was introduced Wednesday.
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October 30, 2004 | Gary Klein
No. 1 USC (7-0, 4-0) at Washington State (3-4, 1-3) Today, 4 p.m. Martin Stadium, Pullman, Wash. TV: Channel 7. Radio: KMPC (1540) WHEN USC HAS THE BALL Coach Pete Carroll talked all week about the need to run the ball, especially if it rains. Washington State is ranked eighth in the conference against the run, so it might be a sound strategy regardless of conditions. With LenDale White nursing a thigh bruise and an ankle sprain, Reggie Bush probably will line up in the backfield more often.
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March 22, 2005 | Gary Klein, Times Staff Writer
Spring football practice at USC affords young players the opportunity to compete for starting jobs and increased playing time in the fall. But when the two-time defending national champion Trojans open workouts today, the players won't be alone in moving into new or expanded roles. USC was originally scheduled to begin spring workouts on March 6, but Coach Pete Carroll pushed back the date partly because of coaching turnover.
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