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November 17, 2006
REMEMBERING A TEAMMATE USC basketball players, including RouSean Cromwell (42) and Taj Gibson (22), react during an emotional halftime ceremony at the Galen Center honoring Ryan Francis, who was shot and killed in May. "He was our heart and soul," Athletic Director Mike Garrett said.
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June 13, 2008 | Jaime Cardenas, Times Staff Writer
Two years ago, Jacobe Shannon was sorting out mail. Now he's sorting out plans for a future that could include a four-year college degree. Shannon, a point guard who has played the last two seasons at Antelope Valley College, recently accepted a scholarship from Jacksonville (Ala.) State. "That was my goal, period -- to get to a Division I college and play Division I basketball," Shannon says. "That's pretty cool that it's about to happen." For that, he can thank USC basketball Coach Tim Floyd.
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March 17, 2007 | Ben Bolch, Times Staff Writer
It took three stopovers and nearly an entire day, but Paulette Francis made it here. Even though she hates flying and knew it would be a heart-wrenching experience, the mother of slain USC guard Ryan Francis fulfilled her promise to support the Trojans in their first NCAA tournament appearance in five years. "I really wanted to be here in my heart for the boys," Paulette Francis said before USC defeated Arkansas, 77-60, in an East Regional first-round game Friday at Spokane Arena.
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March 13, 2008 | Ben Bolch, Times Staff Writer
One sure sign the games are really starting to count for USC: Paulette Francis is showing up in the Trojans' cheering section. The mother of USC guard Ryan Francis, who was fatally shot shortly after his freshman season, is expected to be at Staples Center today when the fourth-seeded Trojans play fifth-seeded Arizona State in a Pacific 10 Conference tournament quarterfinal at noon. The last few times Paulette Francis traveled from her home in Baton Rouge, La., to be with USC, the Trojans were either playing in the NCAA tournament or opening the $130-million Galen Center.
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January 17, 2006 | Ben Bolch
USC freshman point guard Ryan Francis bruised his right knee Monday during a collision with a teammate and could not finish practice. His status is listed as day to day, and he will undergo precautionary X-rays today. "He's a tough, tough cat," Coach Tim Floyd said. "When he goes down, the building goes quiet because he never goes down. He might get down, but he bounces right back up. But he stayed down and couldn't finish practice."
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March 13, 2008 | Ben Bolch, Times Staff Writer
One sure sign the games are really starting to count for USC: Paulette Francis is showing up in the Trojans' cheering section. The mother of USC guard Ryan Francis, who was fatally shot shortly after his freshman season, is expected to be at Staples Center today when the fourth-seeded Trojans play fifth-seeded Arizona State in a Pacific 10 Conference tournament quarterfinal at noon. The last few times Paulette Francis traveled from her home in Baton Rouge, La., to be with USC, the Trojans were either playing in the NCAA tournament or opening the $130-million Galen Center.
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November 11, 2006 | Ben Bolch, Times Staff Writer
In a tribute to the relationship between slain USC guard Ryan Francis and his mother, Paulette, actor Tom Arnold and the University of Phoenix have established a program that will award 100 undergraduate scholarships in recognition of supportive parents. The First Chance Scholarship Program will provide full rides valued at about $40,000 each to attend the University of Phoenix, which has 13 locations in Southern California.
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May 14, 2006 | Ben Bolch, Times Staff Writer
USC freshman point guard Ryan Francis was shot multiple times and killed early Saturday while riding in a car in his hometown of Baton Rouge, La., the apparent unintended victim of a dispute between two other young men. Francis and three other passengers in a 2006 Chevrolet Impala pulled up to a stoplight at an intersection in the northern part of the city around 3 a.m.
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December 7, 2005 | Ben Bolch, Times Staff Writer
The first steal of the Tim Floyd era might have been made by the coach himself, who appears to have found a treasure in freshman point guard Ryan Francis. Francis had orally committed to Louisiana Lafayette as a senior at Baton Rouge (La.) Glen Oaks High when Floyd joined the recruiting game last winter after being hired as USC's coach. Floyd was in New Orleans to be with his wife, who was having surgery, when a friend who lived in the area told him about Francis.
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May 19, 2006 | Ben Bolch, Times Staff Writer
In the same Glen Oaks High library where last year she proudly watched her son Ryan sign a national letter of intent to attend USC on a basketball scholarship, Paulette Francis met with reporters Thursday and lamented the loss of an only child who was "all I had." Wearing a white T-shirt featuring a picture of Ryan driving for a layup and occasionally pausing to dab her eyes with tissue, Paulette spoke poignantly about her son, who had won the starting job as USC's point guard as a freshman.
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May 13, 2007 | Jaime Cardenas, Special to The Times
Jacobe Shannon would hear it all the time from Ryan Francis. During phone conversations, "You need to start working out." In text messages, "Get back to the gym." Through MySpace comments, "You need to go back to school." After high school, Francis went to USC on a basketball scholarship while Shannon stayed home in Baton Rouge, La., and worked for the post office.
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March 17, 2007 | Ben Bolch, Times Staff Writer
It took three stopovers and nearly an entire day, but Paulette Francis made it here. Even though she hates flying and knew it would be a heart-wrenching experience, the mother of slain USC guard Ryan Francis fulfilled her promise to support the Trojans in their first NCAA tournament appearance in five years. "I really wanted to be here in my heart for the boys," Paulette Francis said before USC defeated Arkansas, 77-60, in an East Regional first-round game Friday at Spokane Arena.
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February 17, 2007 | Ben Bolch, Times Staff Writer
These are the times they miss Ryan Francis most, when they imagine what it would have been like for the 5-foot-9 bundle of energy to be a part of what is shaping up as a special season. The ache runs especially deep for USC junior swingman Nick Young, Francis' roommate on trips and a close friend of the freshman who was slain last May in Baton Rouge, La. As fun as it was, the No. 22 Trojans' 80-75 victory Thursday over No. 19 Arizona somehow seemed incomplete.
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November 17, 2006
REMEMBERING A TEAMMATE USC basketball players, including RouSean Cromwell (42) and Taj Gibson (22), react during an emotional halftime ceremony at the Galen Center honoring Ryan Francis, who was shot and killed in May. "He was our heart and soul," Athletic Director Mike Garrett said.
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November 11, 2006 | Ben Bolch, Times Staff Writer
In a tribute to the relationship between slain USC guard Ryan Francis and his mother, Paulette, actor Tom Arnold and the University of Phoenix have established a program that will award 100 undergraduate scholarships in recognition of supportive parents. The First Chance Scholarship Program will provide full rides valued at about $40,000 each to attend the University of Phoenix, which has 13 locations in Southern California.
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May 21, 2006 | Ben Bolch, Times Staff Writer
The more people doubted Ryan Francis, the more determined he became to prove them wrong. Several weeks ago, the USC freshman point guard, who was a few inches shorter than his listed height of 5 feet 11, accepted a bet from teammate Nick Young in which he was given three tries to dunk a basketball. On the first attempt, Francis lobbed the ball off the backboard and tried to dunk it with one hand but couldn't connect. The second try went similarly awry.
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February 17, 2007 | Ben Bolch, Times Staff Writer
These are the times they miss Ryan Francis most, when they imagine what it would have been like for the 5-foot-9 bundle of energy to be a part of what is shaping up as a special season. The ache runs especially deep for USC junior swingman Nick Young, Francis' roommate on trips and a close friend of the freshman who was slain last May in Baton Rouge, La. As fun as it was, the No. 22 Trojans' 80-75 victory Thursday over No. 19 Arizona somehow seemed incomplete.
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May 19, 2006 | Ben Bolch, Times Staff Writer
In the same Glen Oaks High library where last year she proudly watched her son Ryan sign a national letter of intent to attend USC on a basketball scholarship, Paulette Francis met with reporters Thursday and lamented the loss of an only child who was "all I had." Wearing a white T-shirt featuring a picture of Ryan driving for a layup and occasionally pausing to dab her eyes with tissue, Paulette spoke poignantly about her son, who had won the starting job as USC's point guard as a freshman.
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