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.
May 4, 2011 |
The soon-to-be Pacific 12 Conference has the richest television deal in college history. And that's no accident. Rights fees for televised sports keep climbing, even in a challenging economy. Proof came Wednesday as Pac-10 Commissioner Larry Scott confirmed a new 12-year deal with Fox and ESPN that is estimated to be worth $3 billion. Randy Freer, Fox Sports Networks president, said televised sports is getting to be the equal of entertainment programming. "I think we're all making a bet on the future where we believe college sports and sports in general is one of the leading lights of generating large audiences," he said.
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 28, 2011 |
Playing basketball away from Pauley Pavilion shouldn't keep UCLA from making itself at home wherever it goes in the Pacific 12 Conference. At least that was the assessment of conference media members who picked the Bruins to win the Pac-12 title in a close race with California and Arizona. UCLA, which will play most of its home games at the Sports Arena this season while its permanent home receives a makeover, received 14 first-place votes to Cal's 13 and Arizona's 11. "It doesn't help us win one game," Bruins Coach Ben Howland said Friday at L.A. Live during Pac-12 media day. "All it does is make the bull's-eye even bigger, and you've already got the bull's-eye because you have those four letters on your chest.
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.
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.
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.
September 29, 2011 |
USC receiver Marqise Lee has played in four games. The freshman has caught 13 passes. Coach Lane Kiffin has seen enough. "I know it's early to say," Kiffin said Thursday. "I think he's going to be one of the best receivers ever to play at this school. " Not bad for a player many projected as a college defensive back. Lee, 6 feet, 190 pounds, has started opposite former Gardena Serra High teammate Robert Woods three times and is expected to do so again Saturday when the Trojans play Arizona at the Coliseum.
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.
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.