August 29, 2012 |
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.
August 5, 2012 |
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 ...
May 16, 2012 |
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.
May 7, 2012 |
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.
August 16, 2013 |
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.
August 23, 2013 |
After a day off, USC returns to practice Friday in preparation for Thursday's season opener at Hawaii. Coach Lane Kiffin has yet to announce whether Max Wittek or Cody Kessler will start at quarterback for the Trojans. Nearly two dozen players sat out portions of training camp because of injuries, but most are expected to return this week. Senior tailback Silas Redd, who is coming off knee surgery, and senior safety Dion Bailey, who suffered a hip injury, are among players who could be questionable for the opener.