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June 10, 2010 | Bill Plaschke
Fight arrogantly. Fight recklessly. Fight wrong. As suspected, the only thing that could truly stop Los Angeles' most powerful football program was its own heady belief in that power. It was no surprise, then, that the USC football dynasty has been whittled to dust by the only opponent equally big and just as bold. They were whacked by their ego. They were steamrolled by their self-importance. They were sanctioned by themselves. The NCAA didn't barge through the Heritage Hall doors Thursday, it was invited inside by a Trojans football program that cultivated a daringly headstrong culture permeating everything from the Coliseum field to the coaches' offices.
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February 3, 2014 | Bill Dwyre
A highlight of the Super Bowl celebration, on a large platform amid a cheering crowd and a rain of confetti, was a past Trojan hero bringing the championship trophy to another past Trojan hero. Presumably, at that moment, there was an outbreak of goose bumps in Trojan Nation. After all, if you live and breathe the Cardinal and Gold, how could it get much better than having Marcus Allen deliver the Lombardi Trophy to Pete Carroll? There is no question about goose bumps for Allen.
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January 7, 2006
I woke up Thursday and realized I had suffered through a bad dream the night before. It was one of those dreams where you feel absolutely powerless, only it wasn't me, it was USC. And the Trojans were powerless to stop Vince Young. Their string of consecutive victories was broken and they lost the national championship. It was just a bad dream, right? JEFF WILEY Rancho Cucamonga Let the whining begin -- bad calls, bad coaching decisions, bad clock management.
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January 23, 2014 | Bill Plaschke
Waiting for Dunk City … It's another slow night at the half-filled Galen Center, no lines at the gleaming concession stands, desolation on the wide concourses, the referee's whistle audible even in the men's restroom. The hearty few USC fans occasionally cheer, sing and even dance to the sort of energetic music and announcing that reminds one of a hot summer night in a desolate minor league ballpark. But, mostly, they just wait. They are waiting for fireworks promised with the arrival of new Coach Andy Enfield, who was hired last spring after winning two NCAA tournament games with unknown Florida Gulf Coast University.
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October 8, 2010
The USC-Washington game was reminiscent of the 2006 Rose Bowl loss to Texas. The famous fourth-and-two play with Reggie Bush on the bench, defense can't hold, Trojans lose. Against Washington late in the game, third and four, Allen Bradford averaging 11 yards a carry, Washington's D-line is gassed, so of course we abandon what was working and pass, then miss a field goal, the defense (please excuse the misnomer) cannot hold, the Trojans lose. Pat Haden take note, the Kiffin family is overrated and underpowered.
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September 22, 2009 | T.J. SIMERS
I e-mailed USC sports information director Tim Tessalone to find out what time Monday I might talk to punter Mitch Mustain . He replied: "QBs available on Tuesdays after practice as always." My response: "I had no idea Mustain is a QB -- does Pete know?" What better time to drop by USC than on "Tell the Truth Monday," as Pete & the Boys like to call it, to find out what they've got against Mustain. The last time I asked the question was during Carroll's "Tell 'em anything to go away Tuesday" media session before the season opener, Carroll becoming very testy and dismissing the question.
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October 29, 2000 | T.J. SIMERS
Let's everyone take a deep breath here. Hitching a rope to Traveler and asking the horse to drag Paul Hackett flopping behind all around the stadium, while maybe therapeutic for frustrated Trojans, is not going to happen. Come on, you can't expect a horse to pull dead weight like that. The USC season, maybe as you expected it, is over after a 28-16 loss to California. Too bad.
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January 30, 1985 | MAL FLORENCE, Times Staff Writer
Anyone who has followed USC basketball over the years is usually listening. A person waits to hear the other shoe fall. The Trojans have made a habit of teasing their supporters with the notion that, perhaps, they were truly a contender for the conference championship, or at least a team to be reckoned with. Then, when USC fans, accustomed to mediocrity with the basketball program, got excited about such a prospect, a shoe dropped.
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December 2, 2007 | Rong-Gong Lin II, Times Staff Writer
Ron Tanzman was having none of the talk that Saturday's USC-UCLA football game could be the Trojans' last stand at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum before moving across town to the Rose Bowl. "Don't even go there," the 60-year-old said. "It's not the greatest coliseum. . . . It's old and dilapidated, but I don't care," said Tanzman, who also was a die-hard Rams and Raiders fan when the two professional football teams played at the Coliseum. "There's so much tradition and history."
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September 14, 2010 | T.J. Simers
You ever see a Heisman Trophy? It's a monstrosity. So where do you put it in your house? You display it, and anyone who drops by notices your ego is as big as your monstrosity. You don't put it out, and what's the point of having it in the first place, which pretty much explains as far as I can tell why Bush gave it up. Over the years I've chosen not to win awards because how would it look to have them hanging all over my house? Why would I want my house to look exactly like Plaschke's ?
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December 6, 2013 | Chris Dufresne
So much news broke this week it was easy to forget the reason we all get called together each fall: the games. USC started it by calling a news conference to announce interim coach Ed Orgeron was out and Steve Sarkisian was in as head coach of the Trojans. Haden called last weekend the most difficult days he'd experienced since he quarterbacked the Los Angeles Rams and "got booed a lot. " The jeering now cascades in from the viral arenas of Twitter and Facebook. When Haden emotionally said he hoped Orgeron would "make me look like an idiot," it took five seconds for someone to tweet "it's too late.
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November 29, 2013 | By Will Forte
As I sat down to write this piece about the UCLA-USC rivalry from the UCLA perspective, I was given word that the L.A. Times had not yet found anyone from USC to write on their behalf.  This led me to two natural conclusions.  The first: the USC population could be afraid of their chances on Saturday. The second: The Times might have had a hard time finding a USC graduate that actually knows how to spell and form sentences and stuff like that.  More than likely it's a combination of the two. Of course, I'm kidding.  USC has a great football team that is very competitive.  And I'm sure that the L.A. Times could find at least five graduates who know how to spell and form sentences (they probably learned in high school)
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October 4, 2013
Perhaps USC football fans are learning what UCLA basketball fans know all too well: Building dynasties isn't as easy as it used to be. Mike Kichaven Sherman Oaks :: USC fans, you got what you wanted. Now it's time to rally around the players, the team, the coaches, Pat Haden, the athletic department, [President] Max Nikias and the University of Southern California. Fight on. Jeffry Johnson Laguna Hills :: Reasonable minds must be boggled as to why Pat Haden couldn't even wait until the team bus returned to campus before sacking Lane Kiffin.
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September 20, 2013 | By Gary Klein
Chuckie Keeton was born in Northern California and spent his formative years in Texas. When USC played Texas in the 2006 Bowl Championship Series title game, Keeton went against the grain in the Lone Star state. "I was USC all the way," he said this week during a phone interview. Texas' victory over the Trojans did nothing to dissuade the allegiance of Keeton, then 12, who said he donned a USC T-shirt the day he returned to middle school. "A lot of people were talking trash to me," he recalled.
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August 3, 2013 | By Gary Klein
The days of fans attending USC football practices ended the day the NCAA handed down sanctions in 2010. But last spring, USC allowed a maximum of 200 fans to watch campus workouts from two areas of the adjoining baseball stadium, a policy that will continue during fall training camp. The school announced the following dates and practice times, noting that they are subject to change and last-minute closures: Aug. 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9 -- 3:15 p.m. Aug. 10 -- 8:45 a.m. and 6 p.m. Aug. 11 -- 3:15 p.m. Aug. 12 -- 8:45 a.m. and 6 p.m. Aug. 13 -- 3:15 p.m. Aug. 14 -- 8:45 a.m. and 6 p.m. Aug. 15, 17 -- 3:15 p.m. Aug. 18 -- 8:45 a.m. and 6 p.m. Aug. 19-20-- 3:15 p.m. USC opens the season Aug. 29 at Hawaii.
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March 26, 2013 | T.J. Simers
What an experience it has been. When it came time to recuperate from my mini-stroke or whatever it was, the family went to Las Vegas. They said it had been really tough on them. Don't get the wrong idea. It wasn't as if they weren't thinking of me. They brought me along so they'd have the money to eat, drink and feel better again. The Bagger must have been really affected by what happened; he was getting his beer, six bottles to a bucket as if he might not have anyone buy beer for him again.
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October 5, 1985
With two losses in a row, again, how long will it be before USC fans find their football situation inTollnerable. HOWARD OSTROFF Los Angeles
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May 4, 1991
Larry Smith is running the lowest quality football program since Oklahoma's debacle. He and Mike McGee must answer to we USC fans who want character and class, not a football factory designed to win at any cost. DICK BUTLER Palos Verdes Estates
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February 6, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
At a time when some USC fans are in panic mode because at least half a dozen high school players have changed their minds about signing with the school, Steven Mitchell remains the loyal future Trojan. Since he was 7 and playing for the Pasadena Trojans, Mitchell has dreamed of playing football for USC. The standout receiver from Mission Hills Alemany will make it official Wednesday morning when he signs his letter of intent at Victory Park in Pasadena. "What's a better place than where it first started," Mitchell said.
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January 11, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
We are getting down to the nitty-gritty in the NFL, as after this week there will be only four teams remaining in the quest for the Super Bowl. Which four teams do you think will make it to the conference finals? A look at each game this weekend: Baltimore Ravens at Denver Broncos, Saturday, 1:30 p.m. PT, CBS : The Broncos won at Baltimore earlier this season, 34-17. Peyton Manning tries to move on in his amazing comeback season, while Ray Lewis tries to extend his career by at least one more game.
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