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.
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.
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.
October 15, 2011 |
The clock is ticking, less than a year until the Pacific 12 Conference starts collecting on its historic $3-billion television contract. The largest broadcast deal ever negotiated by a college league, it will pour hundreds of millions into the member schools annually. And it cannot come a moment too soon. A sluggish economy has left athletic departments across the Pac-12 scrambling to cover costs, and some barely afloat, according to records acquired by The Times. Cash-strapped programs at California, Arizona State and Oregon State needed "allocated revenues" to balance their budgets last year.
August 27, 2012
Join us at 8:15 a.m. today for a live Google+ Hangout chat with sportswriter David Wharton, who is in China with the UCLA basketball team, and Times sports editor Mike James. [ Update at 8 a.m. : The chat has been canceled because of technical difficulties. Our apologies for the cancellation.] The trip to China represents a trial run, the start of what could be an annual exchange between the Pac-12 and the Federation of University Sports of China. Pac-12 officials are eager to foster relationships with a country where they might someday broadcast games and sell merchandise to a basketball-crazed populace.