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Win one for the fat man? Win one for the Holtzer? Could anyone have dreamed, even a month ago, that the 1996 college football season would come down to this? To a USC team turned upside-down by three consecutive defeats and speculation that its coach is about to be turned loose? To a Notre Dame team whose coach is walking away, virtually without explanation, from the sport's best job? Yet that's exactly how the script reads when Notre Dame (8-2) plays USC (5-6) tonight at a sold-out Coliseum.
January 6, 2014 | Chris Foster
There are bigger challenges ahead for UCLA. There must be. The Bruins trampled USC, 107-73, at Pauley Pavilion on Sunday, looking like a team that wants to be a Pac-12 power. The conference opener for both teams was a stat fest for one side. Kyle Anderson had 23 points, Jordan Adams 21 and Bryce Alford 20. The Bruins shot 58%. They had a 41-35 rebounding advantage. The Bruins (12-2 overall, 1-0 in Pac-12 play) even matched their highest point total over USC (9-5, 0-1). The outcome probably will produce a shrug across the conference.
The route from USC's fraternity row to the 901 Club on Figueroa Street is marked by broad painted stripes running three blocks, a symbol of the bar's importance to the social life of the campus' affluent "Greeks." The "9-Oh," as the raucous college bar is affectionately known, is where inhibitions, like IDs, are checked at the door. For one fraternity--the prestigious and well-connected Alpha Tau Omega house--it is a path well traveled.
February 20, 2013 | By Alejandro Lazo
The nation's top fund-raising institution last year, Stanford University, raised $1.03 billion from donors, the first to raise more than $1 billion in a given year. Out of the nation's top 10 fund-raising institutions, two others were in California, with the University of Southern California raising $492 million and the University of California, Berkeley raising $405 million, according to a list by the Council for Aid to Education. Among other California schools, UCLA raised $344 million and Caltech pulled in $100 million.
May 11, 1985
The University of Southern California held its 102nd spring graduation ceremony Friday in USC's Alumni Memorial Park. Degrees: 6,700 students, including 2,750 undergraduates, 2,800 master's degree candidates, 400 doctoral candidates and 650 professional degrees. Speakers: Simon Ramo, co-founder and director of TRW Inc., predicted that the nuclear arms dilemma would be solved by the year 2000.
January 26, 2007 | Helene Elliott
What do you give as a 90th birthday present to a man who survived a plane crash into the Pacific Ocean during World War II, only to endure unspeakable horrors as a prisoner of war, who admits he was "an alcoholic, chain-smoker, rotten, lowdown stinker" before he found redemption in his religion and never looked back? Who set a track record for the scholastic mile at Torrance High that lasted 20 years, and a collegiate mile record at USC that stood for 15 years.
September 8, 1991 | Celeste Fremon, Celeste Fremon was a member of USC's first song girl squad in 1967.
TO MOST AMERICANS, JANUARY 17, 1991, MARKED THE FIRST terrible but riveting 24 hours that the United States was at war with the Republic of Iraq. However, for the 3,500 or so fans who streamed into the Los Angeles Sports Arena that night, the date had another significance. It was the USC vs. Cal Berkeley basketball game and the debut of the 1991 University of Southern California song girls.
The grave is south of town, in the cemetery on the bluff, just above the dusty sage lands of the southwestern San Joaquin Valley. The flat headstone is a few feet away from the tree-lined road. It reads: BELOVED HUSBAND & FATHER LEON O. PATTERSON 1933-1954 About 300 yards away, down a brush-covered slope, is Taft's complex of a half-dozen youth baseball diamonds.
August 3, 1993
If the state is divided into three states, as proposed, UCLA would become the University of Southern California. Now that would be a real conquest. ARTHUR A. LEWIS Los Angeles
June 13, 1986
William Lyon, chairman and chief executive of William Lyon Co. and chairman and chief executive of AirCal, both based in Newport Beach, has been elected to the University of Southern California's board of trustees.
February 26, 2010 | By Baxter Holmes
Help, USC needs somebody . . . Help, not just anybody . . . No, to be specific, only help from California and Arizona State would do now for the Trojans -- that is, if they want to end their tumultuous season with an improbable league title win following Thursday's 54-44 loss to Oregon. Before the loss, USC needed just to win out and have California lose one game to be assured at least a share of the title. But now, the Trojans (16-11 overall, 8-7 in Pacific 10 Conference)
February 17, 2010 | By Baxter Holmes
Blame cardboard-consistency airline food, unfamiliar beds and large quantities of opposing fans. But blame something, because Pacific 10 Conference teams don't travel well. Home teams are 44-19, with USC's Thursday night's matchup with Washington in Seattle featuring a paradoxical pair: Washington is 16-1 at home and 1-6 on the road. USC is 11-3 at home and 1-6 on the road. USC Coach Kevin O'Neill said the conference's lack of teams with veteran players, aside from California, the Pac-10 leader at 9-4, is why no team has fared well on the road.
February 16, 2010 | By Baxter Holmes
USC guard Donte Smith made a clutch three-point basket against UCLA midway through the second half Sunday. The shot, from the left wing, boosted USC's lead to 52-47 with 8 minutes 42 seconds to play. After he made it, Smith swiveled his neck back and forth and smiled wide as he ran down the court. "I told my guys I was going to do that if I hit one," he said after USC's 68-64 victory. Smith matched his career high with 12 points in the game. But he hadn't been so happy of late, because he hadn't been playing.
February 13, 2010 | By Baxter Holmes
Tick-tock, tick-tock . . . By Coach Kevin O'Neill's count, USC has about 14 hours of basketball left -- seven games at about two hours each -- a figure he can state with confidence because of the university's self-imposed ban on postseason play this year stemming from past indiscretions that neither he nor his players had anything to do with. Which is not to say they're not important hours. In fact, the two it will spend playing UCLA on Sunday are arguably USC's biggest this season.
January 30, 2010 | By Baxter Holmes
USC's nonconference schedule next season is shaping into something tough. There are agreements to play at Kansas, Tennessee and Nebraska; Texas would come to the Galen Center. There is also a tentative deal for USC to host Marquette in the first of a two-game series. "We're trying to play a heavyweight schedule," USC Coach Kevin O'Neill said. "We want to be able to recruit high-level recruits to play in a high-level league and play a high-level nonconference schedule."
January 29, 2010 | By Baxter Holmes
That issue USC used to have, when there would be so many turnovers the game seemed a comedic performance? It came back Thursday night. The Trojans committed 19 turnovers and lost to Oregon State, 51-45, in front of 6,654 at Gill Coliseum. "You can't turn it over 19 times on the road," USC Coach Kevin O'Neill said. Credit Oregon State and its 1-3-1 defense. It trapped Trojans in the corners and on the wings, forcing lob passes that were picked off -- which the Beavers converted, turning 19 turnovers into 22 points.
January 28, 2010 | By Baxter Holmes
To coaches who face USC this season, Trojans Coach Kevin O'Neill asks one thing: Press us, please. Full-court, if that's all right, and all game long, if you don't mind. "The more people press us, the better I like it," O'Neill said. "I wish everybody would press us." Tennessee, Nevada Las Vegas and Washington all tried, and failed, largely because of USC point guard Mike Gerrity . In those wins, USC's offense hummed along to better-than-usual numbers behind Gerrity, who averaged 13.3 points and 6.7 assists, compared to his season averages of 9.7 points and 3.8 assists.
January 27, 2010 | By Baxter Holmes
USC's postseason chances were buried on a Sunday. Immediately after that, many wondered whether the team would still be in mourning about its loss of what might have been, especially since those chances were laid to rest amid an eight-game winning streak. After that Sunday, when the university imposed sanctions over allegations surrounding former player O.J. Mayo , the team lost its next two games, and the many who wondered surely gave the team a pass, knowing what the team had gone through.
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