November 22, 2010 |
The suspension of USC tailback Dillon Baxter , resulting from a golf cart ride the freshman accepted from a fellow student who is a registered agent, continued to reverberate Monday with the school responding to Internet reports that included photographs of Trojans players taken at parties sponsored by the student. Baxter was declared ineligible for last week's game at Oregon State because he accepted a ride on campus from other USC students, one of whom was Teague Egan , chairman of 1st Round Enterprises.
November 15, 2010 |
Reflecting on his team's 24-21 victory at Arizona the night before, USC Coach Lane Kiffin said Sunday that he was most pleased with the "style" with which it was achieved. But there was substance as well in the win over the then-No. 18 Wildcats. The win over a ranked opponent, on the road, qualifies as the most significant of Kiffin's short tenure. "In our first year together, to have a game like that is very critical," Kiffin said during a teleconference with reporters.
November 13, 2010 |
It was ecstasy, agony, ecstasy, agony ? then a final dose of ecstasy and agony ? for USC cornerback Shareece Wright during USC's 24-21 victory over Arizona on Saturday night. On a first-quarter blitz, Wright stripped the ball from Arizona quarterback Nick Foles while recording a sack. Defensive tackle DaJohn Harris recovered the ball for the Trojans, setting up Matt Barkley's touchdown pass to Rhett Ellison that gave the Trojans a 14-0 lead. However, Wright then got beat by Arizona receiver Travis Cobb for a 31-yard touchdown late in the second quarter.
November 12, 2010 |
Motivation won't be a problem for USC on Saturday night against Arizona. Not for Trojans upperclassmen, anyway. Last week, four seniors received invitations to the Senior Bowl, a prestigious evaluation stop on the way to next April's NFL draft. But center Kristofer O'Dowd, fullback Stanley Havili, cornerback Shareece Wright and receiver Ronald Johnson aren't the only Trojans seeking to impress pro scouts over the final four games. With USC facing another bowl-game ban in 2011, draft-eligible juniors and third-year sophomores could be considering moves to the pros.
November 5, 2010 |
Safety Marshall Jones , slowed by injuries throughout his USC career, is expected to play a larger role Saturday night when the Trojans meet Arizona State in a Pacific 10 Conference game at the Coliseum. Jones, a junior who starred at Westlake Village Oaks Christian High, redshirted last season after suffering a broken vertebra in his neck. He has played as a reserve or on special teams in every game this season, but worked with the starters this week and could alternate with Jawanza Starling against the Sun Devils.
October 31, 2010 |
USC opened the season with designs, however unrealistic, on finishing unbeaten. Now, it will be a challenge for the Trojans to remain two games above .500. USC, 5-3 overall and 2-3 in the Pacific 10 Conference after Saturday night's loss to top-ranked Oregon, plays three of its final five games on the road. The Trojans play their last Pac-10 home game this week against talented-but-unpredictable Arizona State and then finish with games at No. 13 Arizona and Oregon State, a nonconference home game against Notre Dame and the season finale against UCLA at the Rose Bowl.