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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.
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.
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.
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.
January 20, 2010 | By Carol J. Williams
Would a reasonable person confuse a USC logo on a garnet-and-black ball cap in Columbia, S.C., with the same letters on cardinal-and-gold sportswear worn by a Trojans fan at the Coliseum? Apparently so, a federal appeals court has decided in rejecting a petition from the Palmetto State to use the letters on baseball team clothing for the University of South Carolina Fighting Gamecocks. A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on Tuesday upheld a decision last year by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office review board to recognize the University of Southern California's century-old claim to the logo letters.
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
February 27, 2010 | By Baxter Holmes
Senior day tradition dictates that Mom and Dad will cry, so pack extra tissues. Chin up, chest out, dry eyes only. "I'm not going to cry," USC guard Dwight Lewis said. "It won't hit me until after." That's when Lewis will lose his cool, when the final buzzer sounds after USC's game against Oregon State on Saturday. That's when he'll join parents Rosa and the elder Dwight Lewis. They'll cry, hold each other and smile. It won't be the Lewis most people see, the laid-back player with the Southern drawl that rolls off his tongue like a smooth jazz tune from Bourbon Street.
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 24, 2010 | By Baxter Holmes
USC can beat the best, but not the worst this season. The Trojans are 7-1 versus the Pacific 10 Conference's top six teams and 1-5 against the current bottom four. USC Coach Kevin O'Neill's quick explanation was "most of those [losses] came on the road." USC's losses to Oregon, Oregon State and Stanford all came on the road, while Washington State beat USC both home and away. "The important thing," O'Neill continued, "is that we've been in every game with a chance to win it."
February 20, 2010 | By Gary Klein and Lance Pugmire
Todd McNair could not wait to finish. Tim Floyd cannot wait to start. So it goes for USC, which is scheduled to complete its three-day hearing before the NCAA's Committee on Infractions on Saturday. McNair, the Trojans' running backs coach, appeared relieved late Friday afternoon after enduring two days of grilling from the 10-member committee during the closed-door proceeding in a hotel ballroom. Floyd, who resigned as USC's basketball coach last June, had hoped to appear Friday.
February 20, 2010 | By Baxter Holmes
Coaches sell their idea on how to win all the time. If players believe, they buy. If not, they move on. When USC hired Kevin O'Neill last June as its basketball coach, his pitch was clear: "We're going to be a great defensive team," he said. Not "try to be." Not "strive to be." But "going to be," as if no other option existed. "He demands it," USC guard Mike Gerrity said. "And if you want to play, you're going to buy into the system. If you're not playing defense, you're not going to be on the floor."
February 19, 2010 | By Baxter Holmes
USC walked into Bank of America Arena as if it owned the joint Thursday, made itself comfortable, then bullied and bloodied the Washington Huskies before stealing a rare road win it nearly gave away. Mike Gerrity hit a clutch jumper with 15.2 seconds left to put USC up 65-61. Following a timeout, two Washington players missed desperation shots, and Dwight Lewis grabbed a key rebound and secured the 67-64 win with two free throws. For USC (16-9 overall, 8-5 in Pacific 10 Conference)
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 19, 2010 | By Gary Klein and David Wharton
Athletic Director Mike Garrett, former football coach Pete Carroll and running backs coach Todd McNair were among the members of a USC contingent that was on the hot seat Thursday in Tempe before the NCAA's Committee on Infractions. Meantime, former USC tailback Reggie Bush, the focus of many of the allegations that landed USC in the desert for its long-awaited hearing, was at the Winter Olympics in Canada, preparing to take in a hockey game and some ski races. "There are attorneys, there are lawsuits, there are all those things that keep you from being able to talk," Bush, the 2005 Heisman Trophy winner, said during a promotional stop at a sponsor's office in Vancouver, adding, "I've tried to do everything I can, on my part, to help USC out."
February 18, 2010 | By Lance Pugmire
Former USC men's basketball coach Tim Floyd once described the distant treatment he received from Trojans Athletic Director Mike Garrett as "a bitter pill." Floyd's bitterness about the events that led to his resignation last June could be in evidence Thursday when the school goes before the NCAA's infractions committee at a hearing in Tempe, Ariz. USC officials will defend their athletic department against college rules violations. Floyd's attorney said he would appear at the hearing.
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