September 28, 2002
Although the final score was 27-20, the real difference between Kansas State and USC is far greater. Kansas State is a team. USC, as usual, is a bunch of athletes who want to look good for the scouts. Nowhere was this more evident than in the second half when Kareem Kelly, with his team trailing by 21 points, was seen mugging for the camera and kidding around with defensive back Terence Newman, the same Newman who had humiliated and dominated Kelly for the entire game. Note to Pete Carroll: I hope you looked across the field and saw how a real head coach in the NCAA operates.
November 29, 2003 |
USC offensive coordinator Norm Chow is staying with the Trojans, but another member of the staff has his eye on a head coaching opportunity. Chow, who interviewed last week for the head coaching position at Arizona, said Friday night that Arizona Athletic Director Jim Livengood had left him a message informing him that another candidate had been chosen for the job. "It was flattering to be considered," Chow said. "I have a great job....
November 11, 2006
Two weeks ago, USC was down by 23 late and on the road against Oregon State. The Trojans found determination and grit and pushed back to miss overtime by a fingertip deflection of a two-point conversion. The attitude continued last week and they destroyed Stanford. Two weeks ago, UCLA was at home against Washington State and ahead at halftime. The Bruins got shut out in the second half, losing in a 37-15 game not as close as the score. The attitude continued last week in a loss to Cal. Given the performance under their current staff, is it any wonder that UCLA All-Americans Ken Norton and Wendell Tyler either want to coach at USC or want their sons to play there next season?
January 6, 2005 |
Norm Chow, USC's offensive coordinator, will be considered for the same position with the Baltimore Ravens, according to a report in the Baltimore Sun. Raven Coach Brian Billick said the team would like to have a new offensive coordinator in place before the team's personnel meetings in two weeks. Billick's ties with Chow date back nearly 30 years to Brigham Young. Chow could not be reached for comment. Chow interviewed to become coach at Stanford in December.
September 29, 2001
Losses Will Do for You Top five explanations for USC's 1-2 record: 5. When the going gets tough, the tough get Carson Palmer to turn the ball over. 4. USC's defense blinded by Kansas State running backs' silver helmets. 3. Trojans historically do not play well against teams with animal nicknames. 2. Oregon's green jerseys make it hard to see and tackle them on grass. 1. Trojan players insist: "Football is harder than we thought." David Allen Tyau Pasadena I think I'm already starting to miss Hue Jackson.
November 27, 2009 |
In the relatively cloistered world of college football, Demetrius Papadakis qualifies as a blasphemer. His father, John, played at USC in the early 1970s. One older brother, Taso, played linebacker for the Trojans and another, Petros, was a tailback. The family restaurant, Papadakis Taverna in San Pedro, is a USC hangout. So how did Demetrius end up as a walk-on fullback at UCLA? "My family has been very true Trojans," his father said. "But what can I say? UCLA noticed him and encouraged him."
December 5, 2008 |
It is a truth that most USC fans have either avoided or denied, and who can blame them? In the last eight years, it has been their toughest loss. Since the Pete Carroll era began, it has been his biggest miscalculation. Nobody really talks about it anymore, it exists far across town and deep in the standings, it's nearly disappeared under four years of obscurity and disappointment. But it's still there.
February 11, 2005 |
Standing at that lectern a couple of weeks ago, his voice breaking, his forehead sweating, we thought Matt Leinart was making this difficult decision alone. Turns out, he had company. "This was about Matt and Norm," said his father, Bob. "They were doing this together. One last year together." Together, Matt and his guru Norm Chow, meeting for an hour every day to talk about everything.
February 7, 2005 |
USC offensive coordinator Norm Chow and offensive line coach Tim Davis are expected to decide in the next few days whether they will move to the NFL or return as the Trojans pursue a third consecutive national title. Chow interviewed for the Tennessee Titans' offensive coordinator's job on Friday in Nashville.