August 13, 2012 |
More surprising than Monday's news that USC Coach Lane Kiffin was pulling out as a voter in the USA Today coaches' poll was the fact he agreed to do it in the first place. What was Kiffin thinking? It was like Newt Gingrich becoming a pollster for the Democrats. USC and the coaches' poll have a history -- and it isn't pretty. Former USC Coach Pete Carroll never voted -- and maybe now you know why. The coaches, you may hideously recall, named LSU its top team in 2003 even though USC was its clear-cut No. 1 entering a Rose Bowl game it won. The 2004 BCS trophy, awarded by the American Football Coaches Assn., was later taken from USC in the wake of NCAA sanctions.
December 6, 1988 |
"USA Today: The Television Show," the dismally rated light-news series, is about to breathe its last on KCBS-TV Channel 2, but the 12-week-old magazine program will soon be resurrected on KNBC-TV Channel 4. Channel 2 said Monday it plans to replace "USA Today," which was the lowest-rated program in the 7 p.m. time slot during the recently concluded November sweeps, with the new tabloid-style news magazine "Inside Edition" on Jan. 9.
August 1, 2013 |
In one of the least shocking announcements of summer, two-time defending national champion Alabama has opened at No. 1 in USA Today's preseason college football poll . UCLA, coming off a 9-5 season, is No. 21 and USC, 7-6 last year, is No. 24. Alabama is followed in the USA Today coaches' poll by Ohio State, Oregon, Stanford and Georgia. Rounding out the top 10 is Texas A&M, South Carolina, Clemson, Louisville and Florida. The Southeastern Conference, which has won the last seven BCS titles, has five schools in the top 10. Alabama, which picked up 58 of the possible 62 first-place votes, has never won a national title when it debuted at No. 1 in the coaches' poll.
September 9, 2012 |
Last week, USC fell from No. 1 to No. 2 in the Associated Press poll but rose one spot, to No. 2, in the USA Today coaches' index. This week, USC stayed at No. 2 in the AP but dropped to No. 3 in the coaches' poll behind Alabama and Louisiana State. UCLA, which debut at No. 22 in the AP on Sunday, checks in at No. 23 in the coaches' poll following the Bruins' upset win over Nebraska at the Rose Bowl. Oregon is No. 4 in the latest USA Today rankings, followed by Oklahoma, Florida State, Georgia, West Virginia, South Carolina and Michigan State.
February 7, 1988 |
"USA Today"--that is, the TV version scheduled to hit the air in September on a daily half-hour schedule--already has three of its four anchors signed, sources tell us. And staffers from the newspaper version, who had hoped for a shot at video fame, can return to their desks. The jobs went to network pros. Bill Macatee of NBC Sports will anchor the Sports section. Also inked: former ABC White House correspondent Kenneth Walker and Robin Young, who contributed to the "Today" show.
January 12, 1985 |
USA Today, the Gannett Co. Inc.'s national newspaper, has signed on as an "official sponsor" of President Reagan's inauguration and given inaugural planners free space for 12 full-page advertisements in its pages, inaugural officials say. A USA Today official said Friday that the national newspaper's unprecedented move presents no conflict of interest. "The inauguration is not a partisan event; it's not a government event.