September 8, 2011 |
It turns out that the Pacific 12 Conference's taste in video selections was a little too pointed for UCLA's liking. The conference had posted on its website a promotional video that included a segment on rivalries. The chosen clip showed a Trojans drum major planting a sword in the UCLA logo near midfield at the Rose Bowl. That didn't go over too well in Westwood. "I felt the clip was inappropriate and expressed my displeasure to Pac-12 officials," UCLA Athletic Director Dan Guerrero said.
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.
August 17, 2011 |
Larry Scott, commissioner of the Pacific 12 Conference, has quickly gained a reputation for making bold moves. And bold statements too. That was evident again Wednesday when Scott reflected on a Yahoo! Sports report detailing how a now-imprisoned University of Miami booster allegedly provided impermissible benefits to more than 70 Hurricanes athletes from 2002 to 2010. Paul Dee was Miami's athletic director from 1993 to 2008. Last year, he was chairman of the NCAA's Committee on Infractions, overseeing USC's receiving sanctions that ranked among the most severe in college sports history.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.