November 17, 2010 |
USC defensive linemen intend to turn up the pressure when the Trojans play Saturday at Oregon State. USC ranks seventh in the Pacific 10 Conference with only 22 sacks. But there could be more opportunities against a Beavers offensive line that includes several walk-ons and former walk-ons and gives up nearly three sacks a game. The Trojans' much-maligned pass defense, ranked 116th among 120 major college teams, could certainly use a strong game from the line. "We've talked about it," defensive tackle Jurrell Casey said.
November 19, 2010 |
Freshman tailback Dillon Baxter did not travel with the Trojans to play in Saturday's game against Oregon State and is being held out indefinitely pending a compliance inquiry. Athletic Director Pat Haden said Friday night that Baxter had accepted a ride in a golf cart on campus Thursday and that one of the people on the cart was a student who is a registered sports agent. Haden said the NCAA, the NFL Players Assn. and USC's Office of Student Affairs had been notified.
October 3, 2010 |
Lane Kiffin had not walked out of the Coliseum on the losing end of a football game since 2001. That also was the last year USC was unranked during the regular season. But that changed Sunday, the Trojans' 32-31 loss to Washington the night before dropping the Trojans out of the Associated Press top 25 media poll and putting Kiffin on the spot as he attempts to rally his players for Saturday's game at Stanford. A loss to Oregon dropped Stanford from ninth to 16th in the AP poll, but Coach Jim Harbaugh's Cardinal is among Pacific 10 Conference teams no longer intimidated by the Trojans.
October 20, 2010 |
USC Coach Lane Kiffin this week posited that, if not for two defensive lapses by the Trojans, quarterback Matt Barkley would be a frontrunner for the Heisman Trophy. On Wednesday, after a rain-soaked practice, Barkley acknowledged that he has eyed winning a Heisman at some point in his career. "It's definitely a goal of mine," the sophomore said, "but ? I've said this before: You can be good two weeks and then plummet the next week. " Barkley, who has passed for 20 touchdowns, with only four interceptions, hopes to avoid that fate when the Trojans resume their schedule Oct. 30 against top-ranked Oregon.
July 26, 2011 |
Lane Kiffin went on … and on … and on. Taking a cue, perhaps, from a seasoned politician, USC's coach stretched his opening statement Tuesday at Pacific 12 Conference media day to nearly nine minutes. "I've eaten up all the time," Kiffin finally joked, "so there are no hard questions you can ask me right now. " Kiffin and the Trojans will begin finding answers next week when they open training camp in preparation for Kiffin's second season. USC is coming off an 8-5 record in 2010, its worst season since 2001.
October 30, 2010 |
USC receiver Ronald Johnson , who had taken a back seat to freshman Robert Woods the last few games, reemerged in the Trojans' 53-32 loss against top-ranked Oregon on Saturday at the Coliseum. Johnson, a senior, caught four passes for 65 yards and a touchdown. He also caught a two-point conversion pass and returned four punts for 94 yards, including a 55-yarder that helped set up a third-quarter go-ahead touchdown. Woods wasn't bad, either. He had seen catches for 58 yards and returned eight kickoffs for 200 yards.
December 4, 2010 |
USC rushing offense vs. UCLA rushing defense: The Trojans have been Tailback Who more than Tailback U this year. Leading rusher Marc Tyler has had stellar moments, as has Allen Bradford. But freshman Dillon Baxter traveled farther on a golf cart than he has on the field. The flip side is that UCLA's youth, inexperience and shoddy tackling have led to big days for running backs, though linebacker Akeem Ayers can have a dramatic impact on a game. Advantage: USC. USC passing offense vs. UCLA's passing defense: If Matt Barkley plays, the Trojans are more dangerous.
November 20, 2010 |
Dave Roberts , USC's vice president for compliance, said Saturday that he expected suspended tailback Dillon Baxter to be reinstated after he repays the value of a golf cart ride on campus. Baxter did not make the trip to play against Oregon State after school officials discovered that he had accepted a ride from other USC students, one of whom Roberts said is a registered financial advisor with the NFL Players Assn. Roberts said a USC compliance director saw Baxter riding on a cart emblazoned with a logo for 1st Round Enterprises.
November 24, 2011 |
USC linebacker Hayes Pullard III looked forward to being a part of the USC-UCLA rivalry. And for most of his time at Crenshaw High, he envisioned doing it as a Bruin. Former Crenshaw stars Reggie Carter and Brian Price had made their way to Westwood. Pullard was on track to follow. "I was always up there and supporting them," Pullard said. "I kind of felt a vibe. " That changed after former Trojans linebackers coach Ken Norton invited Pullard to a USC workout.
November 25, 2010 |
While senior quarterback Mitch Mustain remains on track to start for USC for the first time Saturday against Notre Dame, freshman Tommy Rees is preparing for his third start for the Fighting Irish. Don't expect Rees to be overcome by playing in a historic stadium. Taking over for injured starter Dayne Crist , he made his first start at home in the shadow of Touchdown Jesus. Then came a neutral site matchup at Yankee Stadium against Army. Now, Rees ? who lived in California as a boy when his father, Bill , served as a UCLA assistant and recruiting coordinator ?