December 5, 2010 |
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.
September 11, 2010 |
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.
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May 24, 2006 |
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.
April 22, 2010 |
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.
June 12, 2000 |
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 (http://www.ananova.com) last month.
September 1, 2012 |
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.
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."
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November 1, 2012 |
The Halloween party was going strong at the heart of the USC campus. Inside the student center, about 400 people danced to a DJ under rave lighting while more than 100 milled around outside trying to get into the event, which boasted tight security. "Strict off-duty officers plus campus [police] = no worries," one online ad for the party said. But about 11:45 p.m., gunshots were fired in the crowd outside, not far from the university's Tommy Trojan statue. Students screamed and ran for safety.
September 14, 2010 |
Former USC tailback Reggie Bush on Tuesday became the first athlete in the 75-year history of the Heisman Trophy to forfeit the award, bowing to pressure from detractors in and around college football. After five years of staunch denials about any wrongdoing, Bush acknowledged in a statement posted on the New Orleans Saints' website that he made "mistakes"—though he didn't specify what they were. The player said that "persistent media speculation" he called "both painful and distracting" prompted his decision.
June 21, 2011 |
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.