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.
September 4, 2012
Join us at noon today for a live Google+ Hangout chat with sportswriter David Wharton and deputy sports editor John Cherwa. Wharton was in China with the UCLA men's basketball on their recent historic trip. The trip to China was 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.
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.
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.
October 21, 2011 |
The Pacific 12 Conference on Friday handed down suspensions to six UCLA football players and four Arizona players for their participation in a fight during Thursday night's game. UCLA defensive tackle Cassius Marsh will serve a two-game suspension, and wide receivers Taylor Embree, Randall Carroll, Ricky Marvray and Shaquelle Evans were suspended for one game. Guard Albert Cid will serve a half-game suspension. All four of Arizona's suspended players are defensive backs. Shaquille Richardson and Jourdon Grandon will sit out one game; Mark Watley and Lyle Brown received half-game suspensions.
October 3, 2011 |
USC's next game is not until Oct. 13, so the Trojans won't spend a lot of time this week preparing for California. Instead, when the Trojans resume practice Tuesday, they will turn inward. "The next couple days will be all about us, about making sure we're improving and we're figuring out our deficiencies and getting better at those," Coach Lane Kiffin said Monday. The biggest deficiency has been the defense. Two weeks ago, an interception that was returned for a touchdown by Arizona State helped the Sun Devils score 43 points against the Trojans.
October 11, 2011 |
Tim Kish was in Los Angeles recruiting in his role as Arizona's defensive coordinator when school officials contacted him about taking over as interim head coach after Mike Stoops was fired Monday. Kish immediately headed back to Tucson, arriving about midnight. On the way, he said he thought about Stoops, their 7 1/2 seasons together, and started jotting down notes. Even back home, he didn't sleep much. "There were a lot of things running through my mind," Kish said Tuesday during the weekly Pacific 12 Conference football coaches' conference call.
October 24, 2011 |
Highly touted freshman quarterback Brett Hundley was not ready to play had UCLA needed to replace Kevin Prince against Arizona last week, Coach Rick Neuheisel said Monday. "I'm not afraid to play Brett Hundley," Neuheisel said. "My concern is Brett being ready to play. " Neuheisel said he "thought briefly" about using Hundley, but it was junior Nick Crissman who warmed up late in the game. Crissman didn't play because the Wildcats ran out the clock in a 48-12 victory.
September 19, 2011 |
Andrew Luck threw for 325 yards and had both of his touchdown passes in the second half, helping Stanford pull away for a 37-10 victory over host Arizona in a game that ended late Saturday night. Stanford, 3-0 overall and 1-0 in the Pacific 12 Conference, struggled to find the end zone in the first half, then wore Arizona down in the second. Luck picked the Wildcats apart on 20-for-31 passing, throwing touchdown passes to Zach Ertz in the third quarter and Levine Toilolo in the fourth.
October 25, 2011 |
Oregon is without its starting quarterback and tailback — and it doesn't seem to matter much. Against Colorado, freshman quarterback Bryan Bennett threw for a pair of touchdowns while stepping in for Darron Thomas , who sat out because of an injured knee. Junior Kenjon Barner rushed for a pair of touchdowns in place of LaMichael James , who missed his second game because of an elbow injury. That left Colorado Coach Jon Embree with his mouth agape following his team's 45-2 loss to the Ducks.