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September 11, 2010 | By Gary Klein
USC safety T.J. McDonald , who had a rough first start in the Trojans' opener at Hawaii, came up with a huge play early in the 16th-ranked Trojans' home opener against Virginia on Saturday night at the Coliseum. McDonald, a sophomore from Fresno, thwarted a Cavaliers scoring opportunity with the first interception of his USC career. Virginia appeared to be on the verge of taking an early lead after the Cavaliers sacked Trojans quarterback Matt Barkley and recovered a fumble at the Trojans' 31-yard line with 8 minutes 54 seconds left in the first quarter.
April 22, 2010 | By Gary Klein
Receiver Ronald Johnson was the offensive star for most of USC's spring practice, showing improved route running and a knack for getting open and making big plays. The senior from Michigan, however, will probably sit out the remaining four workouts because of an elbow sprain and could also require off-season wrist surgery, Coach Lane Kiffin said Thursday. "We'd still like to have him out there, but if there was somebody that would be the most ready to play for our offensive players, he would be it," Kiffin said.
December 5, 2010 | By Gary Klein
Hours after USC defeated UCLA, several Trojans assistants hit the recruiting trail. Coach Lane Kiffin said he would join them Monday after a team dinner at USC President Max Nikias' home Sunday night. And so it goes for a program that will not play in a bowl game for the first time since the 2000 season. Asked how many incoming players he would like to have enroll next month, which would allow the Trojans to count them against their 2010 recruiting class, Kiffin quipped, "About 45. That would be good.
June 12, 2000 | From Washington Post
She has a cute shock of teal hair, a button nose and a voice once described as Barbie on Quaaludes. She moves. She emotes. She reads the latest news. "Hi, there," says Ananova, blinking her saucer eyes on the computer screen. "In the Philippines, negotiations continue over the fate of 21 hostages. . . ." Blink. Blink. The news is real, but Ananova is not. She is a news droid, a virtual newscaster. She popped onto the World Wide Web ( last month.
May 24, 2006 | Lynn Doan, Times Staff Writer
USC plans to open in September the first research institute dedicated to the study of United States and China relations, college officials announced during a trip to Beijing on Tuesday. University officials, who are on a weeklong tour of China, said USC is an ideal location for such an institute, with California boasting some of the largest populations of Chinese Americans in the nation. "We have a lot of students in and from China.
July 20, 2010
PAT HADEN: On sending back Reggie Bush's Heisman Trophy and taking down other forms of recognition: "The subliminal message is we want to win but we want to do it right." On new football Coach Lane Kiffin: "I don't think we're going to have a problem with Lane with compliance.... He knows where we're coming from." On compliance with NCAA rules: "Try to be perfect. When we make mistakes, we're going to fess up and try to be better the next time."
September 1, 2012 | By Mike Hiserman
USC and Athletic Director Pat Haden have responded to a recently posted Los Angeles Times story that included allegations that former Trojans athletes accepted payments from a local businessman while in school. The story says emails suggest that Scott Schenter, who used to work in the county assessor's office as an appraiser, provided football star Joe McKnight with a car and an airline ticket, and basketball player Davon Jefferson with about $3,700 in cash. Haden released this statement: "When allegations regarding Joe McKnight's use of a Land Rover arose in 2009, USC fully investigated the matter.
January 13, 2014 | By Larry Gordon
USC will be constructing a new building for bioscience research, thanks in part to a $50-million gift from Gary K. Michelson, a retired orthopedic surgeon and inventor of spinal implants and other medical devices, the university is announcing Monday. The new, 190,000-square-foot USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience will house up to 30 labs investigating a range of biomedical topics. With groundbreaking expected later this year and completion in three years, it will be located at the southwest quadrant of the main campus south of downtown Los Angeles.
May 25, 2011 | By Gary Klein
USC's appeal to the NCAA to modify some of the harshest sanctions in college sports history has been denied, several people familiar with the appeal confirmed Wednesday. An official announcement is expected Thursday. "USC has received a response from the NCAA regarding our appeal of NCAA sanctions," the school said in a statement. "However, under NCAA rules, we cannot comment on this response until the NCAA releases the decision to the public tomorrow morning [May 26]. " The NCAA had no comment.
September 23, 2010 | By Larry Gordon, Los Angeles Times
The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books will move its weekend-long celebration of the written word to the USC campus next spring after 15 years across town at UCLA, officials announced Wednesday. The change of venue to USC's main University Park campus south of downtown Los Angeles will offer a more central location, better access to public transportation, easier parking and the use of newly expanded university facilities for the annual event, leaders of the newspaper and USC said.
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