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September 24, 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.
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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.
SPORTS
June 26, 2013 | Wire reports
The NCAA stripped Oregon of a scholarship in each of the next two seasons and put the program on probation for three years, opting against stiffer penalties such as a bowl ban despite issuing a show-cause order against former coach Chip Kelly, who apologized to the school, its fans and its players. The NCAA's Division I Committee on Infractions released a report Wednesday that said Kelly failed to monitor the program for its improper involvement with Willie Lyles and his Houston-based recruiting service.
SPORTS
June 23, 2013 | Eric Sondheimer
It's a new era in college football recruiting. Sometimes it takes showing up at a camp to convince a school to offer a scholarship. That's what happened Friday at UCLA, where receiver Jordan Lasley of Gardena Serra said he ran a 4.4 40-yard dash and made such a positive impression that he received a scholarship offer from the Bruins. On Saturday, he accepted the offer. "It meant a lot," Lasley said. "I think of it as testament to my hard work. I was really appreciative. " There are risks in going to college camps, because the coaches get to see you up close and personal, and measurements and speed times might not match previous expectations.
SPORTS
June 10, 2013 | By Gary Klein
USC, which offered a football scholarship to a 13-year-old seventh-grade quarterback a few years ago, has offered a scholarship to Nathan Tilford, an incoming freshman receiver at Upland High. Upland Coach Tim Salter confirmed Monday that the 6-foot-2, 190-pound Tilford received the offer from the Trojans. Blair Angulo of WeAreSC.com reported the offer on Sunday evening, citing an unnamed source. Salter said Tilford was set to begin summer practice at Upland. "I would like for the young man to enjoy his high school experience before he has to worry about what college to go to," Salter said.
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