November 20, 2013 |
Ed Orgeron is building a resume to convince USC Athletic Director Pat Haden that, once the season ends, he should drop the interim tag and make Orgeron the fulltime head coach. Along with support from fans, players and influential alums, Orgeron also could offer something else to make his case: A coach-of-the-year award. The Maxwell Football Club announced Wednesday that Orgeron was one of 16 semifinalists for its annual award, which will be announced Dec. 17. The semifinalist list includes Alabama's Nick Saban and Ohio State's Urban Meyer.
November 23, 2013 |
BOULDER, Colo. - One unlikely dream scenario for USC ended, but another remained very much alive on Saturday night. The No. 23 Trojans' 47-29 victory over Colorado at chilly Folsom Field extended their winning streak to five games and increased the momentum for interim Coach Ed Orgeron's bid to become USC's permanent head coach. Tailback Javorius Allen rushed for three touchdowns, quarterback Cody Kessler passed for two scores and the defense forced two turnovers as USC improved to 9-3 overall and 6-2 in the Pac-12 Conference.
November 18, 2013 |
As USC kicker Andre Heidari trotted onto the field and lined up his dramatic game-winning field goal against Stanford on Saturday, Sam Tsagalakis went back in time. In 1953, Tsagalakis helped USC defeat Stanford with a late field goal at the peristyle end of the Coliseum. Now, watching on television in his San Marino home, Tsagalakis relived the experience. "Your mind goes blank and you don't hear anything, you just make the kick," Tsagalakis, 80, said Monday. "When people ask me, 'How far did it go?
November 30, 2013 |
In a USC season filled with highs and lows, off-the-field drama and on-the-field intrigue, Saturday's rivalry game against UCLA offered more evidence that the Trojans have found their tailback of the future, and his name is Javorius “Buck” Allen. Running behind a banged-up and depleted offensive line, Allen tried to keep the Trojans' offense in the game. He rushed for 123 yards on 20 carries and scored on an 11-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. But his success didn't take enough defensive pressure off quarterback Cody Kessler, and the Trojans were beaten by the Bruins, 35-14, at the Coliseum.
October 8, 2013 |
It won't be difficult locating Clay Helton on USC's sideline Thursday night. When the Trojans play Arizona in the first game since Lane Kiffin's firing, Helton will be the coach holding a play-call sheet, though not the laminated, jumbo-sized aid Kiffin relied upon. "I'll have something," Helton says. "I don't think it will be huge. " Helton, the titled offensive coordinator since the start of the season, finally gets his opportunity to live the part. The Trojans' quarterbacks coach for three-plus seasons will call plays for the first time since 2009, when he directed an up-tempo offense at Memphis.
August 1, 2013 |
USC reached out to UCLA offensive line coach Adrian Klemm last winter, hoping he'd make the jump across town. UCLA Coach Jim Mora knew he needed more financial firepower to retain his staff. So UCLA did what it believed it needed to do. Klemm, a skilled recruiter, and others on staff, received raises following their 9-5 season and pushed the pool of money for assistant football coaches to an unprecedented level for the university. UCLA will pay assistants $2.442 million in base salaries and talent fees this season.