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SPORTS
September 26, 2013 | By Gary Klein
USC Athletic Director Pat Haden frustrated some USC fans by not publicly challenging the NCAA after the school's appeal of sanctions related to Reggie Bush was denied. But now he has gone on the offensive. Haden announced Thursday that he and David Roberts , USC's vice president for athletic compliance, met with NCAA officials this week and discussed the possible reduction of scholarship losses that were imposed on the Trojans in 2010. Haden revealed the meeting with NCAA President Mark Emmert and members of his management team in a statement that was posted on USC's Athletic Department website.
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SPORTS
September 25, 2013 | By Gary Klein and Chris Dufresne
The NCAA announced Tuesday it would begin to restore some of the scholarships it took from Penn State's football program in the aftermath of the Jerry Sandusky sexual-abuse scandal, news that brought measured reaction from USC, which is in the midst of sanctions imposed in 2010 that included the loss of 30 scholarships. Athletic Director Pat Haden said in a statement that USC was hopeful that the NCAA's recently enacted enforcement and penalty reforms would "result in a consistent and fair enforcement and penalty process for all its institutions.
SPORTS
September 24, 2013 | By Chris Dufresne
The NCAA announced Tuesday it will begin to restore some of the scholarships it took from Penn State football in the aftermath of the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal. The NCAA cited the school's "continued progress toward ensuring athletics integrity" in relaxing the scholarship losses that threatened to cripple the famed football program. The action was based on the recommendation of former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell and endorsed by the NCAA Division 1 Board of Directors.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 3, 2013 | Devin Kelly
Flush with excitement, Tristan Baizar showed up on his USC move-in day even before the official 8 a.m. check-in time. His mom and girlfriend helped him unpack. It was a quick process -- from past camps and programs, the 18-year-old South Los Angeles resident knew how to move into USC's dorms. Except this was the real deal, the first step into his freshman year of college. Baizar met his new roommates, bought textbooks and soaked in the experience. But later in the day, a few hours before his first dorm meeting, Baizar slipped away from campus.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 29, 2013 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
Last week Juicy J tweeted that he would be "giving out a 50k scholarships to the best chick that can twerk. " The veteran emcee, who had a breakout year thanks to a handful of strip club anthems, quickly deleted the tweets. But that hardly meant that he was rescinding the offer.  Fifty grand is still on the table for any female (no males, please) who wants to compete. So what must one do to enter the contest? MTV Video Music Awards: Best & Worst | Show Highlights Well the official entry rules -- which were released on Wednesday courtesy of the rapper's label, Columbia -- don't exactly specify twerking as a means to win. Instead, female fans between the ages of 18 and 25 can enter the competition by creating YouTube videos explaining, or “showing,” why they're most deserving of the prize.
SPORTS
August 28, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
Long snappers are considered slightly less quirky than kickers - who are to football what left-handed pitchers are to baseball - but their makeup perfectly fits the task at hand. Take the personality of Tanner Carew, a La Verne Damien senior who has committed to Oregon and who long-snapping guru Chris Rubio believes is the best in the nation at what he does. "I would say Tanner is definitely quirky," Rubio said. "He's laid back. The first time I met him, he was telling me how he wanted to ride a wake board from Long Beach to Catalina.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 20, 2013 | SANDY BANKS
They lured him with Clippers tickets and the promise of money for college. The deal required Eric Antuche to give up years of Saturday mornings. But it all paid off for the graduate of Verbum Dei High School in Watts. His family drove him up to Humboldt State University last weekend, where he'll begin his freshman year classes Monday. He owes the opportunity to Neighborhood Youth Achievers and a handful of generous donors. Neighborhood Youth Achievers is one of those grass-roots groups we don't hear much about.
SPORTS
August 19, 2013 | By Chris Foster
UCLA got a little thinner at quarterback Monday. T.J. Millweard met with Coach Jim Mora and asked to be released from his scholarship so he could transfer. The request was granted. The Bruins now have three quarterbacks on scholarship: starter Brett Hundley , redshirt freshman Jerry Neuheisel and freshman Asiantii Woulard . "They are the right three," Mora said. "I'd rather have the right three than the wrong five. " Millweard said he decided to leave because "I grew up in the Midwest and the South.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 31, 2013 | By DiAngelea Millar
The American Film Institute has nearly tripled its funding for scholarships in an effort to compete with larger film schools and to help students pay for the institute's $47,000 in annual tuition. In the past, AFI found it was attracting candidates for its program and then losing them to schools that offered better financial aid. The school often had to look past the list of students it had already accepted, to an alternate list, to fill out its student body. “We had lost a number of fellows who wanted to go to AFI to schools with more robust scholarship programs,” said Bob Gazzale, the CEO of AFI.  To combat that, the AFI Board of Directors set the challenge to raise more money for scholarships and successfully received more than $6.2 million from donors.
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