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January 8, 2014 | By Gary Klein
USC opens its 2014 season Aug. 30 against Fresno State, one of six home games in a 12-game regular-season schedule, the school announced Wednesday. The Trojans, under new Coach Steve Sarkisian, play at the Coliseum against Fresno State, Oregon State, Arizona State, Colorado, California and Notre Dame.  USC will be on the road at Stanford, Boston College, Arizona, Utah, Washington State and UCLA. The Trojans do not play Oregon or Washington for the second consecutive season because of the Pac-12 Conference's scheduling rotation.
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April 18, 2014 | By Gary Klein
With USC preparing for its final spring practice Saturday at the Coliseum, Coach Steve Sarkisian on Friday released a depth chart that will look entirely different in the fall. More than 20 players -- including starters such as defensive lineman Leonard Williams, cornerback Josh Shaw and safety Su'a Cravens -- have been sidelined for all or part of spring workouts. They are among those not included on the depth chart. Sarkisian this week announced that Cody Kessler was the starting quarterback.
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September 13, 2012 | By Gary Klein
Los Angeles Daily News reporter Scott Wolf will be allowed to attend USC practices and games while the university and representatives from the Los Angeles Times, the Daily News and the Orange County Register try to work out an agreement on what can be reported from in-season practices. Wolf had been suspended by USC after reporting Monday that kicker Andre Heidari had undergone knee surgery and would be sidelined for about three weeks. The Daily News report did not cite practice-related information, but USC considered it to be a violation of its practice policy.
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April 17, 2014 | By Gary Klein
Toa Lobendahn has practiced only 14 times at USC, but the freshman's performance during spring workouts has put him on track for a possible starting role on the offensive line in the fall. With senior Aundrey Walker and third-year sophomore Jordan Simmons sidelined while recovering from ankle and knee surgeries, respectively, Lobendahn took full advantage of the long look he received at guard. The 6-foot-3, 280-pound Lobendahn has worked daily against veterans such as junior defensive tackle Antwaun Woods and senior linebacker Hayes Pullard . "It's not easy when you're supposed to still be a senior in high school," USC Coach Steve Sarkisian said Thursday.
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August 29, 2012 | By Gary Klein
Showing its social media savvy, USC has taken the standard online football player biography a step further by including Twitter handles on its website and depth chart. Is a program that closed practices to the public to keep out agents and runners now willingly making its players available for interaction with anyone with a computer or mobile device? Tim Tessalone, USC's sports information director, said the comparison was "apples and oranges," citing the ease in tracking players through search engines.
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August 5, 2012 | By Gary Klein
Stockpiling the talent USC's key football recruiting classes (based on who enrolled in January or signed in February): 2010 Markeith Ambles, WR, Removed from program in 2011 Dion Bailey, LB, Returning starter; second in tackles last season Dillon Baxter, RB, Removed from program midseason 2011 Anthony Brown, CB, Started twice in 2011 before suffering injury Giovanni Di Poalo, OL, Competing for playing time ...
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May 16, 2012 | By Gary Klein
USC football coach Lane Kiffin earned $2.4 million in 2010, and his father, Monte Kiffin, more than $1.5 million, according to a report in USA Today . The figures were based on USC's federal tax return and cover the period from July 1, 2010 to June 30, 2011. USC hired Lane Kiffin in January 2010 after Pete Carroll left to become coach of the Seattle Seahawks. Carroll had earned more than $4 million in his final season at USC. Lane Kiffin reportedly earned $2 million at Tennessee in 2009, his only season with the Volunteers.
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May 7, 2012 | By Gary Klein
The Bowl Championship Series appears clearly headed toward a playoff, which is fine with USC Athletic Director Pat Haden. "I have been an advocate for a playoff for a long time," Haden told the school's athletic department website. "All the arguments that have been put out there against a playoff can be refuted. " Haden, a former USC and NFL quarterback, played on Trojans teams that won national titles in 1972 and 1974. USC finished atop the Associated Press and United Press International polls in 1972.
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August 16, 2013 | By Gary Klein
USC receiver Marqise Lee continues to increase his workload as he comes back from a bone bruise in his right shoulder area. Lee, wearing a yellow jersey to warn against contact from defensive players, used his injured right arm to swat blocking pads. He fielded kicks and also took part in seven-on-seven passing drills on Thursday. Trainers pulled Lee near the end of the workout after he “kind of got banged up again,” Coach Lane Kiffin said. Lee appeared to be practicing at full speed but did not look completely in sync.
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January 22, 2013 | By Gary Klein
With national signing day two weeks away, USC's 2013 recruiting class remains in flux as Jason Hatcher, a defensive lineman from Kentucky, reportedly reopened his recruitment. Hatcher visited USC last weekend. On Tuesday, his Twitter feed featured the post "I official decommitted from USC #WideOpen" Hatcher would be the sixth player who orally committed to the Trojans to reopen his recruitment , following safety Max Redfield, receiver Eldridge Massington, defensive lineman Eddie Vanderdoes, defensive back/receiver Sebastian LaRue and defensive lineman Kylie Fitts.
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April 9, 2014 | By Gary Klein
USC tailback Justin Davis averaged nearly seven yards per carry and scored six touchdowns in seven games as a freshman in 2013. His season ended when he suffered an ankle injury against Notre Dame that required surgery. Davis has been sidelined during spring practice while recovering, but he said he was progressing. "I want to get the playbook down so when I come back I'll already know it and can jump right back in," he said. Davis is looking forward to training camp in August and reestablishing himself.
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March 30, 2014 | By Gary Klein
Lonnie White, a former USC football player who worked for two decades as a Los Angeles Times sportswriter, has died. He was 49. White, who had a number of health problems over the last several years, died Saturday at Glendale Memorial Hospital, his sister Terri said. White worked for The Times from 1987 to 2008. He covered the Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Kings, the NFL, UCLA football, USC basketball, high school sports and was a general-assignment reporter. His work was recognized several times in the Associated Press Sports Editors annual writing contest and he wrote the book "UCLA vs. USC: 75 years of the Greatest Rivalry in Sports.
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March 25, 2014 | By Gary Klein
After taking a week off for spring break, USC's football team resumes spring practice Tuesday on campus at Brian Kennedy-Howard Jones Field. The Trojans have 12 workouts remaining, including a scrimmage at the Coliseum on April 19. First-year Coach Steve Sarkisian and his staff spent the first three practices implementing new offensive and defensive schemes. USC is adopting the fast-paced, no-huddle offense that Sarkisian ran last season at Washington. Defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox is installing a hybrid 3-4 scheme.
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March 13, 2014 | By Gary Klein
The NFL draft will be held May 8-10, giving former USC receiver Marqise Lee about eight more weeks to prepare for the next stage of his career. Lee, projected as a possible first-round draft pick, participated in USC's pro day workout on Tuesday but did not run the 40-yard dash. The 2012 Biletnikoff Award winner was timed in 4.52 seconds at the NFL scouting combine last month in Indianapolis. After he completed his workout Tuesday, Lee said there was some “stage fright” at the combine.
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March 13, 2014 | By Gary Klein
Dion Bailey has gone through physical and psychological testing for the NFL draft. But the former USC safety said his pro opportunity in May should come down to the tale of the tape. His game tape. “A lot of people get all hyped about the testing and things like that,” Bailey said Tuesday after USC's pro day workout on campus. “We play football. Just let my tape speak for me.” Bailey started for two seasons at linebacker and one at safety before declaring for the draft with a season of eligibility remaining.
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March 12, 2014 | By Gary Klein
Max Tuerk has started games for USC at offensive tackle and guard. The junior could be on track to start the 2014 season at center. With Marcus Martin entering the NFL draft, new Coach Steve Sarkisian and his staff have turned to Tuerk to fill the void. On Tuesday, USC's first day of spring practice, Tuerk worked with the first-team offense at center. “Whatever the team needs,” Tuerk said. Tuerk worked at center in the spring of 2013, but he said the length of his arms made it difficult for quarterbacks to receive consistently good snaps under center.
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October 16, 2013 | By Gary Klein
Ed Orgeron, USC's interim coach, never said he intended to implement a star-studded guest speaker series in the Trojans' program. But it appears to be happening. A week after Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Allen addressed the Trojans, former NFL linebacker Ray Lewis on Tuesday spoke to the team in the McKay Center before practice. “I've never seen so many guys that quiet and that focused on one man,” quarterback Cody Kessler said. “He can make you believe you can go fly and jump over a building,” tailback Javorius Allen said.
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March 6, 2014 | By Gary Klein
Former USC football stars Tony Boselli, Mark Carrier and Keyshawn Johnson are among players on the ballot for the College Football Hall of Fame, it was announced Thursday. The three are among 75 players and six coaches from major college programs on the ballot. The 2014 class will be announced in May. Boselli, an offensive tackle, won All-America recognition in 1992 and 1994. He was selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars with the second pick in the 1995 NFL draft. Carrier also was a two-time All-American and won the Thorpe Award as college football's top defensive back in 1989.
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January 17, 2014 | By Gary Klein
Chris Wilson, Georgia's defensive line coach last season, has been hired as defensive line coach at USC, Trojans Coach Steve Sarkisian announced Friday. "We are thrilled to add Chris Wilson to our coaching staff,” Sarkisian said in a statement.  “He is one of the premier defensive line coaches in the country and he is also a great recruiter.” Wilson was defensive coordinator at Mississippi State before joining Georgia's staff. The former Oklahoma linebacker also coached at Oklahoma, Colorado, Illinois State, Army and Indiana State, USC said in its release announcing his hiring.
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