April 28, 2013 |
Reggie Theus played in the NBA for more than a decade, covered the league as a broadcaster and coached the Sacramento Kings. So postseason drama at Staples Center draws his attention. "I've been a Lakers fan since I was a kid," said Theus, who starred at Inglewood High in the mid-1970s, "and I know a lot of guys on the Clippers. " But Theus has no time to be immersed in the playoffs. For the last three weeks, Cal State Northridge's new coach has been busy on campus or on the road recruiting, laying the groundwork to turn around a program.
January 10, 2013 |
The Pac-12 didn't do UCLA any favors with the 2013 schedule. The Bruins have back-to-back road games against the conference's top two teams, Stanford and Oregon. They also have difficult road games at Nebraska (Sept. 14) and USC (Nov. 30). The Bruins go to Palo Alto on Oct. 19 to play Stanford, which won the Pac-12 and the Rose Bowl this season. The Cardinal finished seventh in the Associated Press poll. The following week, UCLA travels to Eugene to play Oregon, which won the Fiesta Bowl and finished second nationally.
November 5, 2011 |
At least DeWayne Walker will always have 13-9. That was his shining moment as UCLA's defensive coordinator in 2006, when the Bruins knocked USC out of the Bowl Championship Series title game by shutting down the Trojans at the Rose Bowl. Nowadays, highlights are few and far between. Walker is in his third season as head coach at New Mexico State, and it looked as if maybe he caught a break when Saturday's opponent, Georgia, was without its top four tailbacks. Unfortunately for Walker, the Bulldogs figured out a way to adjust: They let quarterback Aaron Murray pass.
September 10, 2011 |
It was a rough week around Ames, Iowa, with the Big 12 Conference backed into a corner as speculation swirled that the league's best football programs might be headed for new homes. All the while, the local team, Iowa State, wasn't being wooed or coveted by anyone. It was simply mentioned among the leftovers after the megaconferences swooped in and picked off the prime targets. But the town's mood improved appreciably Saturday after the Cyclones stunned Iowa, 44-41, in a triple-overtime thriller that was the highest-scoring of the 59 games played between the heated intrastate rivals.
November 21, 2010
usc basketball up next.
November 21, 2010 |
Maurice Jones, generously listed at 5 feet 7, overshadows his fellow freshman teammates as the predetermined prize of USC's 2010 basketball recruiting class. But Bryce Jones and Garrett Jackson are proving to be more advanced than once thought, and have each carved early roles as much-needed playmakers for the Trojans this season. Bryce Jones, a guard from Woodland Hills Taft High, scored 21 points Sunday in USC's 80-61 drubbing of New Mexico State at the Hall of Fame Tip-Off tournament in Springfield, Mass.
November 20, 2010 |
USC forward Alex Stepheson pedaled a stationary bicycle off to the side during practice, squeezing a tennis ball with his right hand to make it stronger. He can't do that exercise with his left hand, though. It's broken. But although that injury is costing Stepheson some practice time, it's not stopping him from playing games. Since fracturing his hand in the Trojans' season-opening win against UC Irvine on Nov. 13, Stepheson has played 74 of a possible 80 minutes in USC's next two games, totaling 15 points and 13 rebounds.
November 17, 2010 |
Playing on a Wednesday, in the hope that no one would notice, Akron (0-11) fell to Miami of Ohio, 14-19. This was a big stumble for the Zips, who need only to lose to No. 10 Buffalo (2-8) in their final game to capture the Bottom Ten title. The Akron-Buffalo game is a week from Friday, a sort of day-after-Thanksgiving turkey. Meanwhile, No. 2 Eastern Michigan (1-9) will try to keep its fading title hopes alive Saturday when it plays, yes, the same Buffalo. Everyone wants to play Buffalo these days.
November 11, 2010 |
It took a long time, but Akron (0-10) is finally alone on the bottom. The Zips' loss to Beach Ball State (3-7) left them as the nation's only winless major-college team. The Lost Lobos of New Mexico (1-8) suffered a crippling blow in the Bottom Ten race by scoring a stunning upset over the Wyoming Cowboys (2-8), a farm team of the Dallas Cowboys (1-7). Though the Zips don't play until Nov. 17, they seem to have the reverse momentum needed to fall to Miami (Ohio) (6-4)