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February 11, 2010 | By Baxter Holmes
Lorenzo Nathan knew he wanted to coach basketball after he got out of the U.S. Army last year. So, two months before he would be medically retired because of an injury to his left arm, Nathan, 28, of San Diego called USC Coach Kevin O'Neill and asked if he could shadow him. O'Neill gets a lot of those calls, but this time he said yes. "I don't know why I ended up following up with him," O'Neill said. Since then, the former staff sergeant has attended practice regularly and also shares stories with the team.
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February 7, 2010
A month ago, USC's Nikola Vucevic blew the game against Stanford. This came on a failed tip-in at the buzzer. He used one hand on that attempt, not two. So Trojans Coach Kevin O'Neill asked ever-so politely, "If you get a tip-in at the end, go up with two hands, please." Vucevic paid heed and proved it Saturday, using both his sizable mitts on a tip-in with 20.6 seconds left that gave the Trojans a lead and the eventual win over Stanford, 54-49, at the Galen Center. "He always tells me not to do stuff with one hand," said Vucevic, who had a team-high 18 points.
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February 5, 2010 | By Baxter Holmes
USC and California gave the season-high crowd of 7,412 at the Galen Center a show Thursday, with the Trojans beating the Golden Bears, 66-63, in a nail-biter highlighted by a 25-0 USC run and dominated by one player: Jerome Randle. The California guard scored a game-high 29 points, but missed a three-pointer from the corner at the buzzer as a hushed crowd watched on. "If he had made that, we would have been on 'SportsCenter,' " USC Coach Kevin O'Neill said after the game, laughing.
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February 4, 2010
Tanner Nua had 17 kills and Theo Edwards added 16 as the Cal State Northridge men's volleyball team validated its No. 1 national ranking with a 30-26, 30-28, 9-30, 26-30, 15-10 victory over No. 2 USC in front of a capacity crowd Wednesday night at the Matadome. Northridge took sole possession of first place in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation. It was the Matadors' 15th consecutive victory over USC dating to March 2004. Northridge took a 3-0 lead in the decisive game and never relinquished it. Nua served two straight aces to end the match.
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January 30, 2010 | By Gary Klein
Stafon Johnson can take a hit. Four months after suffering near-fatal throat injuries, the former USC running back proved that this week as NFL coaches and scouts looked on during practices for the Senior Bowl. But Johnson is eager to take the next step, to prove to the pro football cognoscenti and fans that he can absorb -- and deliver -- game-speed contact when he carries the ball for the South team today at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala. "I want to show them I can complete the football game and do things right and be a complete player," Johnson said in a phone interview.
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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."
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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.
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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.
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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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January 27, 2010 | By Gary Klein
USC quarterback Matt Barkley , who started 12 games last season as a freshman, underwent wrist surgery Tuesday but is expected to be ready for the start of spring practice in March, the school announced. In a release, USC described the procedure as "minor" and said it was done to "relieve stiffness and clean up inflammation." Neither Barkley nor Coach Lane Kiffin could be reached for comment. Barkley suffered a shoulder injury in the second game against Ohio State and did not play against Washington.
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