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July 1, 2010 | By Gary Klein
Todd McNair, USC's running backs coach for the last six seasons and a key figure in the NCAA's investigation of the school's athletic department, became the first staff casualty in the aftermath of major sanctions levied against the program. McNair's contract was not renewed. "Todd McNair's contract expired on June 30, 2010," Coach Lane Kiffin said during a campus interview Thursday morning. "We have no additional comment." In its infractions report, made public on June 10, the NCAA found that McNair "knew or should have known" that former Trojans running back Reggie Bush and two would-be sports marketers from the San Diego area "were engaged in violations that negatively affected" Bush's amateur status.
April 27, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 For the first time since 2005, USC won a three-game series over UCLA this past weekend, sweeping the three games. It gives the Trojans (24-17, 12-9) a nine-game winning streak. Leading the way have been a group of former Southland high school standouts. Jake Hernandez, a Los Osos grad, leads the Trojans in hitting with a .367 batting average. Freshman Jeremy Martinez (Mater Dei) is at .324, and Loyola grad Kevin Swick is at .321. Kyle Davis, a sophomore from Garden Grove Pacifica, has become the standout closer.
March 7, 2011 | Jerry Crowe
Harold Miner pulls up in a black Cadillac Escalade, rolls down a window and extends his right hand to greet a visitor. Later, the publicity-shy former USC basketball All-American is friendly and engaging. He shows no sign of discomfort as he recalls the pain of failed expectations and explains why he has mostly strayed from the public eye since his surprisingly unremarkable NBA career short-circuited 15 years ago. Smiling and laughing easily, he appears thoroughly at ease. This is a recluse?
April 25, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
It was former high school standouts from Southern California who led USC to its seventh consecutive victory, a 10-0 win over UCLA, on Thursday night in the first game of a three-game Pac-12 series. Wyatt Strahan (Villa Park) threw eight shutout innings. Timmy Robinson (Huntington Beach Ocean View) hit a three-run home run. Vahn Bozoian (Chino Hills Ayala) had a three-run double. Jake Hernandez (Los Osos) had two hits and two RBIs.  
January 10, 2011
USC next At Oregon, Thursday at Matthew Knight Arena, Eugene, Ore., 8 p.m., FSN ? It's the opener for Oregon's $200-million arena, and the Ducks (7-9, 0-4 in Pacific 10 Conference play) are on a six-game losing streak. Senior guard Joevan Catron (15.9 points per game) leads Oregon in scoring. The Ducks won both games with USC last season. ?Baxter Holmes
November 29, 1986
Keep Ted! Keep Ted! Keep Ted! Don't mind me. I'm a UCLA fan. BRUCE JAGAROSOVICH Orange
July 23, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
The USC basketball team under new Coach Andy Enfield will open on the road Nov. 8 at Utah State. It's the first time the Trojans will open the season away from home since 2003-04. USC's home schedule will begin Nov. 12 at the Galen Center against Cal State Northridge which also has a new coach, Reggie Theus. The Trojans will play in one preseason tournament, the Battle for Atlantis in the Bahamas. That field also includes UTEP with former Trojan head coach Tim Floyd, Kansas, Iowa, Villanova, Wake Forest and Xavier.
February 8, 2010 | By Karen Ravn
Some high blood pressure patients do all the right things -- make every recommended lifestyle choice, take their drugs completely as prescribed -- and they still can't get their blood pressure down. A trial now underway may offer them new hope. It is testing the Rheos Baroreflex Hypertension Therapy System, a small electronic device (with a big name) that is implanted under the collarbone. Wire leads from it are attached to the left and right carotid arteries, where they send electrical impulses that activate the body's own blood pressure control system and tell the brain to reduce blood pressure.
February 18, 2011 | By Baxter Holmes
USC tonight AT STANFORD When: 7:30 p.m. Where: Maples Pavilion. On the air: TV: FS West. Radio: 1260. Records: USC 14-12, 6-7 Pacific 10 Conference; Stanford 13-12, 6-8. Update: The Trojans will look for a sweep of the Bay Area schools as they head into Maples Pavilion, where USC has lost eight consecutive games. Stanford, which has lost seven of its last 10 games, is led by junior guard Jeremy Green (15.7 points a game). The Trojans beat Stanford earlier this season in Los Angeles, 65-42.
April 25, 2014 | By Jason Song
The USC Shoah Foundation will expand its study of genocide by establishing a new center devoted to the study of mass killings and how such violent incidents begin, officials announced Friday. The foundation was started by film director Steven Spielberg on the set of his film "Schindler's List" and became part of USC in 2006. The foundation has collected more than 52,000 eyewitness testimonies of survivors of the Holocaust, Rwandan genocide and Nanjing Massacre.  The new group, called the Center for Advanced Genocide Research, will focus on resistance to mass killings and how the violence impacts emotional and physical behavior.
April 24, 2014 | By Gary Klein and Chris Foster
Don't look for the union label around USC's or UCLA's football practice facilities any time soon. Football players at both schools are aware that Northwestern players might unionize. But when asked about the issue recently during spring practice, several said they were only casually monitoring the situation. "There has been some small talk around the locker room," said UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley. "We'll get a lot more information. Obviously, they are starting something. " Northwestern players will vote Friday on whether to unionize.
April 24, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 It's not every day that someone shows up with a gift of a $20,000 academic scholarship, but that's what happened on Thursday at Garfield High, where Foot Locker and presented Josh Davis with the academic scholarship handed to him by USC's Marqise Lee. Davis, a Bulldog standout in football, is also a top student in the classroom.  
April 23, 2014 | By Gary Klein
Former USC receiver Marqise Lee is among 30 players who have confirmed they plan to attend next month's NFL draft in New York. Lee is one of seven receivers who will be at the draft, which begins May 8 at Radio City Music Hall. Odell Beckham Jr. of Louisiana State, Brandin Cooks of Oregon State, Mike Evans of Texas A&M, Cody Latimer of Indiana, Jordan Matthews of Vanderbilt and Sammy Watkins of Clemson are other receivers scheduled to attend. Lee declared for the draft after playing three seasons at USC. He won the Biletnikoff Award as college football's top receiver in 2012.
April 22, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
When it comes to best senior receiver in Southern California this fall, the college football recruiters are saying that Equanimeous St. Brown of Anaheim Servite is No. 1. UCLA is the latest to offer the 6-foot-5 St. Brown, joining USC, Notre Dame, Arizona State, Colorado, Stanford and Tennessee, among others. St. Brown caught 42 passes for 725 yards and six touchdowns as a junior.  
April 22, 2014 | By Paul Thornton
Brandon Spencer, the 21-year-old former gang member sentenced to 40 years to life in prison for attempted murder, may have sobbed like a toddler Friday after learning that the next several decades of his life will be spent behind bars, but he deserves little sympathy, wrote Times columnist Sandy Banks on Monday. But several of our readers had a much more charitable, even forgiving, attitude toward Spencer. The two sides don't dispute the facts: A gun-toting Spencer showed up at a Halloween party at USC in 2012 looking to exact revenge on a gang rival; several shots later, three innocent bystanders in addition to Spencer's target were injured.
April 21, 2014 | By Gary Klein
Former USC basketball player Byron Wesley, who announced last week that he would graduate this summer and transfer for his final season of eligibility, has been contacted by seven schools, he told Wesley, a guard who was the Trojans' leading scorer last season, told reporter Chris Swanson that he had been contacted by Indiana, Baylor, Michigan State, Gonzaga, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh and Providence. "I'm still trying to narrow down my list right now and take a few official visits," Wesley told Swanson . "I want to check out some schools, meet the coaches, players on the team and everyone.
April 21, 2014 | Sandy Banks
Brandon Spencer ought to be considered an object lesson by wannabe gangsters carrying guns. The 21-year-old was sentenced Friday to 40 years to life in prison for shooting into a crowd waiting in line for a Halloween party on the USC campus in 2012. He wounded four people - including his target - but seems to think he ought to get leniency because nobody died. Spencer threw a tantrum in the courtroom when the judge announced his sentence, crying and banging his head on a table, like a 2-year-old sentenced to time-out.
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