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October 8, 2013 | By Gary Klein
USC is in the process of adding veteran defensive line coach Pete Jenkins to its staff, interim Coach Ed Orgeron said Tuesday. Jenkins, 72, coached at Louisiana State and numerous other college programs in the South before joining the Philadelphia Eagles' staff in 2006. Jenkins retired after the 2009 season. USC has only three defensive coaches. Orgeron oversees the defensive line, Mike Ekeler linebackers and defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast also coaches defensive backs.
April 27, 2012 | By Rosanna Xia, Los Angeles Times
USC and the Los Angeles Police Department announced sweeping new security measures Thursday, including the addition of 30 police officers to the area surrounding the campus. The move comes three weeks after the university was stunned by the slayings of two graduate students from China, a case that remains unsolved. The measures go beyond more police on the street to include the sharing of crime data with USC public safety officials, the installation of more security cameras and the addition of a city prosecutor who will focus on cases in and around the campus.
January 15, 2013 | By Angel Jennings and Rosanna Xia, Los Angeles Times
Dontez Sharpley approached the entryway to USC at Jefferson Boulevard and Trousdale Parkway late at night, expecting to make his usual trek through the campus to catch a bus home after a shift at the Starbucks across the street. But as he walked onto campus, he was stopped by a security guard, who told him he was not allowed to pass through the university unless he was a registered guest. Exasperated, Sharpley, 22, ran along the perimeter before being stopped by another guard at another checkpoint.
August 23, 2011 | By Larry Gordon, Los Angeles Times
John R. Hubbard, a historian and former U.S. ambassador to India who was president of USC in the 1970s, died Sunday at his Rancho Mirage home after a long illness, the university announced. The broad-shouldered and outspoken Texas native, widely known as "Jack," was 92. During his decade-long presidency, Hubbard was credited with helping to boost the University of Southern California's finances and academic reputation. But his term also was marked with controversies over donations from the shah of Iran and from corporations doing business in Saudi Arabia.
July 23, 2010
After reviewing incoming USC President Nikias' letter to the Trojans' community, the new motto of the reshaped USC athletic department can aptly be summed as "be more like Stanford." USC has been trying to emulate Stanford's elite academic reputation for years. If USC also wants to run a squeaky clean program adherent to the highest standards in Division 1, simply look at the tape from last year's football game to see you can have your cake and eat it too. Dean Paulsen Manhattan Beach :: I am ecstatic with the dismissal of Mike "The Ostrich" Garrett and hiring of Pat Haden as athletic director at my alma mater.
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.
June 13, 2011 | By Larry Gordon, Los Angeles Times
The W. M. Keck Foundation on Monday will announce a gift of $150 million to boost scientific research at USC's medical school and at two affiliated hospitals, adding to the university's recent success in attracting supersized donations. The gift is the single largest in the 57-year history of the Keck Foundation, which has backed many scientific projects, including the famous Keck Observatory and telescopes in Hawaii. For USC, the money marks the third mega-gift since March, for a total of $460 million, as new President C. L. Max Nikias seeks to build the Los Angeles university's endowment.
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."
December 28, 2013 | By Paul Pringle and Rong-Gong Lin II
The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum was flirting with insolvency, but that didn't stop its government overseers from incurring hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal expenses to keep secret their deliberations on a new long-term lease for the stadium. For more than a year, the Coliseum Commission fought an open-government lawsuit that challenged the legality of the closed-door talks on USC's lease of the historic venue. The suit also sought to make records related to the deal public.
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.
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