July 6, 2011 |
Christian Tupou is a student-athlete. He plays football, and more specifically he plays defensive tackle. The combination of these simple traits traps USC's Tupou in a series of stereotypes that thrust him to the bottom of the intellectual scale at a top-tier university. But listening to Tupou talk and watching him show his football skills muddies the water. The starting redshirt senior has boatloads of athletic intelligence in addition to school smarts. With fall camp fast approaching, he's studying Pacific 12 Conference centers and guards to see which hand they use to snap the ball, and to see how far apart their feet are. In games he'll use his off-season studying to help him shoot his gaps.
September 7, 2011 |
Robert Woods felt as if he was in sync with quarterback Matt Barkley during a record-setting, 17-reception performance in USC's season opening victory over Minnesota. Afterward, he also felt sore. "That was like three games of catches," he said Wednesday. "Three games of hits. " To preserve the sophomore receiver, USC Coach Lane Kiffin plans to rest Woods during Thursday practices. Woods does not favor the idea. He prefers being in the huddle as the Trojans prepare for Saturday's inaugural Pacific 12 Conference game against Utah at the Coliseum.
November 29, 2010 |
Texas Christian University has accepted an invitation to join the Big East Conference, league and school officials announced here Monday. TCU began competing in the Mountain West Conference in 2005 and will remain in the league next season before it joins the Big East on July 1, 2012. All 20 of TCU's sports teams will participate in the Big East, and the long-rumored move should benefit the school's football team, which will be joining a league that annually sends its champion to a Bowl Championship Series bowl game.
October 30, 2011 |
Five things to watch this week in college football: 1. Louisiana State visits Alabama in one of those "game-of-the-century" moments that remind people why college football's regular season is so special. The winner has a fast track to the national title while the loser will no doubt be pining for a rematch. 2. Go tell it on the mountain. A week after its thrilling, prime-time Saturday overtime loss, USC plays a rare Friday night game in Boulder against a Colorado team that has struggled all season with altitude sickness.
May 10, 2011 |
Gus Johnson is leaving CBS, where he was noted for his enthusiastic play-by-play calls of the NCAA men's basketball tournament, and coming to Fox Sports. Johnson and Charles Davis will be Fox's new No. 1 college football announcing team, according to Eric Shanks, co-president of Fox Sports Media Group. Davis has worked for the Big Ten Network and as a college football analyst for TBS among his broadcast jobs. Shanks said Johnson and Davis will do about 15 college football games during the regular season as well as the Cotton Bowl.
November 10, 2010
The University of Denver, Texas San Antonio and Texas State will join the Western Athletic Conference in 2012-13 to offset the departures of Boise State, Fresno State and Nevada to the Mountain West, ESPN.com reported on Wednesday. Texas San Antonio, which needs official approval from the board of regents, and Texas State will join in all sports. Denver will join for all sports except for football because the Pioneers don't play at the FBS level. ESPN.com based its report on multiple sources.
September 4, 2011 |
Five things to watch this week in college football: 1: Labor Day weekend used to end with a captivating Monday night conclusion. Florida State and Miami once occupied this spot and, last year, Boise State defeated Virginia Tech in a thriller. This year we get Miami at Maryland lacking eight suspended Hurricane players? 2: California at Colorado features two schools from the Pacific 12 Conference but is technically a non-conference game because it was scheduled before expansion.
September 18, 2011 |
PLAY IT FORWARD Five things to watch this week in college football. 1. Pittsburgh and Syracuse were accepted Sunday as members of the Atlantic Coast Conference. That sets the stage for further conference expansion. Regents from Texas and Oklahoma meet separately Monday to discuss possible moves to the Pacific 12 Conference. Stay tuned. 2. Big 12/Pac-12/Southeastern Conference game of the week? Oklahoma State plays at Texas A&M in a Big 12 game that actually might involve three conferences.
February 25, 2012
at Long Beach State 64, UC Riverside 40: Casper Ware scored 17 points for the 49ers, who are undefeated in 14 Big West Conference games. T.J. Robinson recorded his 52nd career double-double, with 10 points and 16 rebounds. Phil Martin had nine points and 10 rebounds to lead the Highlanders, who trailed, 41-18, at halftime. Riverside committed 19 turnovers. at UC Davis 78, Cal State Fullerton 75: In a game they never led, the Titans pulled to within one point in the fourth quarter, but the Aggies hung on for the victory, which ended Fullerton's six-game winning streak.
October 31, 2011 |
The last time USC lost in triple-overtime, the Trojans came back the next week and began a 34-game winning streak. Heading into Friday night's game at Colorado, Coach Lane Kiffin has more modest goals coming off a triple-overtime defeat against Stanford. "We're just trying to get one in a row," he said Monday. "We're not worried about 34 right now. " This is the Trojans' first trip to Boulder, Colo., since 2002, when quarterback Carson Palmer led USC to a 40-3 victory in the second game of the season.