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SPORTS
January 21, 2011 | By Gary Klein
Arriving in Indiana on Friday, USC Athletic Director Pat Haden and university President Max Nikias were greeted by snow on the ground, icy roads and single-digit temperatures. "It's a beautiful day in Indianapolis," Haden said. Haden, Nikias and USC's contingent hope for a warmer reception Saturday when USC sits before the NCAA's Infractions Appeals Committee. USC faces a difficult mission: persuade the five-member panel to reduce by half the severest penalties that were handed down in June by the NCAA's Committee on Infractions, which cited USC for a lack of institutional control.
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SPORTS
August 4, 2010 | By Gary Klein
The first training-camp practice of the Lane Kiffin era at USC featured all of the usual huddles. The Trojans gathered as a team around their new coach, and the offense and defense received play calls behind the line of scrimmage from their typical alignments. But while the Trojans went through Wednesday's nearly three-hour workout, new President Max Nikias and Athletic Director Pat Haden entered the facility and gathered with other senior administrators for a head-turning huddle.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 1, 2012 | By Deborah Vankin, Los Angeles Times
Tall, sinewy women, their necks thin and erect, mingle in wispy dresses on the arms of broad-shouldered men under the twinkling white lights of the canopied back patio at the Beverly Hills Four Seasons. As dusk fades and cocktails are served, the black-tie crowd moves with a particular rhythmic elegance. Maybe that's because some of the country's biggest names in dance are here. There are Debbie Allen, Diavolo Dance Theater's Jacques Heim, choreographer and one-time Joffrey prima ballerina Jodie Gates, as well as Complexions Contemporary Ballet co-founder and dancer Desmond Richardson.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 14, 2013 | By Randy Lewis and Reed Johnson, Los Angeles Times
Hip-hop star Dr. Dre and music mogul Jimmy Iovine are donating $70 million to USC for a new academy that they say will give students the tools they need to break into the rapidly changing music industry. Scheduled to be announced by Dre (whose given name is Andre Young) and Iovine on Wednesday in Santa Monica, the gift will establish the USC Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young Academy for Arts, Technology and the Business of Innovation. The academy will open with an inaugural class of 25 students in fall 2014.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
SPORTS
June 21, 2011 | By Gary Klein
The victories, and a national championship they produced, are vacated. The trophies — a copy of Reggie Bush's Heisman statuette and a crystal football for a Bowl Championship Series title — are now ghosts of Heritage Hall. The forfeiture of those wins and mementos is just a fraction of what USC lost in the wake of some of the harshest penalties in college sports history — delivered largely because the NCAA found numerous violations relating to Bush. The Trojans men's basketball program also was punished for violations related to former star player O.J. Mayo, and the school actually paid some of that in cash: a $5,000 fine and the return of $206,200 it received for participation in the 2008 NCAA tournament.
BUSINESS
February 16, 2006 | Michael Hiltzik
Through the big windows of a corner office could be seen the bobbing masts of Marina del Rey. Against this tranquil backdrop, Herb Schorr was explaining to me how he planned to grow his unusual waterside outpost of the University of Southern California into a significant player in the world of corporate research. "The rules of the research game are changing," he said. "And we want to change with it."
SPORTS
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.
SPORTS
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.
SPORTS
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.
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