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November 30, 1996 | EARL GUSTKEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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December 4, 2013 | By Gary Klein, This story has been corrected. See below
  New USC Coach Steve Sarkisian will wait until spring practice to install the up-tempo, no-huddle offense he brought with him from Washington. Trojans quarterbacks are already looking forward to it. "I'm very excited," said starter Cody Kessler, who ran a spread offense at Bakersfield Centennial High. Fellow sophomore Max Wittek operated out of a more traditional pro-style offense at Santa Ana Mater Dei, but said, "I think I can move around well and do what's asked.
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July 18, 1991 | TIM KAWAKAMI
Ram Coach John Robinson says this season's training camp will be much different from those in years past. "It's going to be very competitive," Robinson said, just before the team meeting that opened camp at UC Irvine. "It's competitive at corner and at safety, at outside linebacker and inside linebacker, at defensive end. At defensive tackle--not much depth there. The depth is young, so there isn't probably the depth to compete there. So that's a big concern.
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October 13, 2013 | Diane Pucin
On the first day Ed Orgeron became interim head coach of the USC football team, another coach, a former USC coach who had some success at the school, asked Orgeron if he wanted to chat and perhaps listen to some advice. Orgeron looked at John Robinson -- 78 years old, with eyes as clear as the sky after Santa Ana winds and a back as straight as a ruler -- and told him, "Of course. " Though Robinson would never say it, previous coach Lane Kiffin wasn't as eager to listen to Robinson, who comes to practice occasionally and does fundraising for the Trojans more often.
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July 17, 2010 | By Fred Mitchell
Reporting from South Bend, Ind. — Former USC coach John Robinson, Stanford wide receiver Ken Margerum and Cal Lutheran linebacker Brian Kelley were among the 24 inductees to the College Football Hall of Fame on Saturday night. "I was very lucky to go to USC; we had good players. We were expected to win, but we had the opportunity to win," said Robinson, who had two stints as USC coach. "The thing I remember the most is my first year. I started out …I was an unknown selection.
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February 24, 2011
James McLure Playwright who wrote 'Lone Star' James McLure, 59, a playwright and actor best known for his two one-act plays that reached Broadway, died Feb. 17 from cancer at his home in Marina del Rey, said his sister, Jenny Schroeder. McLure's plays "Lone Star," set behind a small-town Texas bar, and "Pvt. Wars," the story of three young Vietnam veterans in a hospital, were produced on Broadway in 1979. "I'm part of the Vietnam generation," McLure told the Columbus (Ohio)
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October 25, 2011 | T.J. Simers
One of the perks of this job is a Tuesday afternoon talking sports with John Robinson , the "old fart" as he calls himself, still as giddy as a USC cheerleader. He's 40 pounds lighter, his knee is fixed and he's mindful that his heart was "wounded" by an attack five years ago. But that was 76-year-old John Robinson all by himself in an Arizona hotel room Saturday night, yelling at his TV and jumping up and down with fist pump after fist pump as USC crushed Notre Dame. "I couldn't go to sleep after that game," he says.
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October 16, 1985 | RICH ROBERTS, Times Staff Writer
Considering that John Robinson has had nine quarterbacks in 10 years as a head coach, Dieter Brock could be just a passing fancy. In seven years at USC and three with the Rams, Robinson was unable to form lasting relationships with his quarterbacks, who kept changing with the annual fashion trends. What's new in the fall line? This year it's a 34-year-old rookie with a strong arm but legs of lead, and Robinson says he's going to keep him around.
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October 24, 1985 | SCOTT OSTLER
Here's John Robinson, arriving for work. It's very early and very chilly, but the Ram coach walks across the parking lot with a definite spring in his step. As he nears his office, he is whistling. Settling into his large, leather chair, Robinson leans back and props up his feet on his desktop. Clearly, the pressure of running a 7-0 football team is taking its toll on the old coach. These are times of acute stress, after all, and Robinson should be reflecting that situation.
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January 18, 1986
The Rams in the last 10 years have acquired three career-ending quarterbacks: Joe Namath, Bert Jones and Dieter Brock. If that was an experiment, it failed. It's time for them to revert to the draft for a quarterback. Dieter Brock was just handed the starting job. He didn't beat out Jeff Kemp for it. It seems John Robinson forgot the good job Kemp had done the year before. So much for loyalty. I saw Brock pass well in 2 1/2 games this year; 2 1/2 games do not make a season. LUCIANO AGUIAR Tulare
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November 16, 2012 | By Chris Foster and Gary Klein
UCLA's Terry Donahue and USC's John Robinson know the UCLA-USC rivalry, and each other, very well. Donahue coached UCLA for 20 years and had a 10-9-1 record against the Trojans. Robinson coached USC for 12 years in two stints. His record against the Bruins was 5-7. Head to head, Donahue and Robinson's teams were 5-5 against each other. This week, The Times asked the former coaches for their insights on Saturday's matchup at the Rose Bowl. Here, in part, is what they had to say: USC passing vs. UCLA defense Robinson: The most successful approach against any accomplished passing team is to go after the quarterback and make it difficult.
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October 25, 2011 | T.J. Simers
One of the perks of this job is a Tuesday afternoon talking sports with John Robinson , the "old fart" as he calls himself, still as giddy as a USC cheerleader. He's 40 pounds lighter, his knee is fixed and he's mindful that his heart was "wounded" by an attack five years ago. But that was 76-year-old John Robinson all by himself in an Arizona hotel room Saturday night, yelling at his TV and jumping up and down with fist pump after fist pump as USC crushed Notre Dame. "I couldn't go to sleep after that game," he says.
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February 24, 2011
James McLure Playwright who wrote 'Lone Star' James McLure, 59, a playwright and actor best known for his two one-act plays that reached Broadway, died Feb. 17 from cancer at his home in Marina del Rey, said his sister, Jenny Schroeder. McLure's plays "Lone Star," set behind a small-town Texas bar, and "Pvt. Wars," the story of three young Vietnam veterans in a hospital, were produced on Broadway in 1979. "I'm part of the Vietnam generation," McLure told the Columbus (Ohio)
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July 17, 2010 | By Fred Mitchell
Reporting from South Bend, Ind. — Former USC coach John Robinson, Stanford wide receiver Ken Margerum and Cal Lutheran linebacker Brian Kelley were among the 24 inductees to the College Football Hall of Fame on Saturday night. "I was very lucky to go to USC; we had good players. We were expected to win, but we had the opportunity to win," said Robinson, who had two stints as USC coach. "The thing I remember the most is my first year. I started out …I was an unknown selection.
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May 2, 2010 | Eric Sondheimer
If you want to witness a freak of nature, go watch Kene Izuchukwu of Palisades High play volleyball. He jumps so high that he could be an astronaut in training. His coach, Chris Forrest, calls him "a phenomenon in the world of volleyball." He has a 41-inch vertical leap and a volleyball approach jump of 11 feet 11 inches. He's only 6 feet tall but can dunk a basketball as easily as a 7-footer. "When he goes up to hit, it doesn't seem like he's going to come down," Forrest said.
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January 15, 2010 | By Steve Lowery
So another coaching icon has skipped town. It happens. Southern California has had its share of coaching legends and has seen them move into retirement, onto other teams or just get worn out or fired. Every time it happens the question comes up: Will anyone ever be able to replace Walter Alston's steady hand, John Wooden's championship halo, Pat Riley's winning style or Barry Melrose's mullet? (Answer: Yeah -- Tom Lasorda. No -- Gene Bartow. Kind of -- Mike Dunleavy. Are you kidding?
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December 19, 1991
The past two dreadful seasons aside, ecstasy has far outweighed agony for the Rams, from the franchise's start in Cleveland in 1937 and through moves to Los Angeles (1946) and then to Anaheim (1980). In 54 seasons--the team suspended operations in 1943--the Rams have had 31 winning teams and 19 losers; four finished at .500. The Rams have made one Super Bowl appearance--losing to Pittsburgh, 31-19, on Jan. 20, 1980--and five NFL championship appearances, winning in 1945 (vs.
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January 7, 2010 | By Ben Bolch
The recession apparently hasn't struck deep in the heart of Texas. Nor has it reached sweet home Alabama. Tickets for the Bowl Championship Series national title game between Alabama and Texas tonight at the Rose Bowl have sold for an average of $943 on StubHub, a 37.9% increase over the $684 average paid last year for the BCS title game between Florida and Oklahoma. It is the highest-grossing bowl game this season on StubHub and ranks fifth on its all-time list of highest-grossing events.
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September 15, 2006 | Larry Stewart
John Madden has a high-profile personal spotter working for him in the "NBC Sunday Night Football" booth -- lifelong friend John Robinson, the former USC and Los Angeles Rams coach. Madden and Robinson have been friends since they were fifth graders at Our Lady of Perpetual Help School in Daly City, Calif. Robinson, the Oakland Raiders' backfield coach in 1975 when Madden was the head coach, left the Raiders to become the head coach at USC in 1976. Now they are working together again.
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