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June 9, 1991 | JERRY CROWE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A series of unrelated off-the-field incidents have sullied its image, but the USC football program is still standing, Coach Larry Smith said. It might not look as sturdy from the outside, Smith said, but the structure remains strong. "I don't feel that my program has any cracks in it," he said. "I'm not going to sit back and say we're OK. I'm going to take a look at all these things. But I feel very confident that we're fine. "I don't feel we have thugs in this program.
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January 22, 2013 | By Gary Klein, Los Angeles Times
With Heritage Hall undergoing a yearlong face-lift, USC Athletic Director Pat Haden and other department officials set up offices last month in a university-owned shopping center across the street from campus. A tobacco shop sits directly across the walkway, a nail salon and food court across the courtyard. The situation is clearly temporary. And that's how Haden, who oversees 21 sports and a program that generates more than $80 million in revenue, views the recent fortunes of USC's high-profile programs.
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January 22, 2013 | By Gary Klein, Los Angeles Times
With Heritage Hall undergoing a yearlong face-lift, USC Athletic Director Pat Haden and other department officials set up offices last month in a university-owned shopping center across the street from campus. A tobacco shop sits directly across the walkway, a nail salon and food court across the courtyard. The situation is clearly temporary. And that's how Haden, who oversees 21 sports and a program that generates more than $80 million in revenue, views the recent fortunes of USC's high-profile programs.
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October 25, 2011 | By Gary Klein
Ballyhooed tailback Dillon Baxter is no longer part of USC's football program and is focusing on academic issues, Coach Lane Kiffin announced Tuesday. After practice, Kiffin refused to answer questions about what specifically led to the sophomore's removal from the team and whether Baxter could return. "We're focused on the guys that are here," the coach said. Baxter did not return phone calls or text messages seeking comment. The San Diego Mission Bay High star made occasional strides toward earning a significant role at USC but ultimately wound up buried on the depth chart.
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September 28, 1991
Didn't it take John Robinson just about the same time to destroy the Rams as it took him to destroy the USC football program? MICHAEL HANNIN, Woodland Hills
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June 15, 1991
After reading Jerry Crowe's article, "Goal Line Stand," June 9, on Larry Smith and USC football program and its current problems, I came to the conclusion that the program is not only lacking in leadership but more importantly in integrity. If a coach is to be considered in control of his program, then he has to take a stand and have the guts to suspend all players accused of misconduct until their guilt or innocence has been proved. In this way, he shows his integrity and his concern for those players that follow the rules.
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July 22, 1995
Your article [July 13] regarding entrance exams and the USC football program was tabloid journalism at best. Implying that USC is directly involved in the entrance exam process is misguided and irresponsible. The Trojans were the first to put football in Los Angeles on the map, decades before the Rams and Raiders ran through town. How about a front-page article on the Rhodes scholar candidate who starts at center? The Times should provide fair and accurate coverage on our only local team that has a legitimate opportunity to bring a national championship to the city.
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December 5, 1992
More than in any other area of the game, Larry Smith's contributions to the deterioration of the USC football program appear to be his inability to win the recruiting wars in the Los Angeles area and Southern California in general. Watch televised games involving Washington, Stanford, California and Arizona and you will be amazed at how many of their players are from Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego counties. With the history and glamour that are part of USC's program, why would talent from these communities want to play anywhere else?
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August 29, 1992
Last week, you printed a letter from Chris Wing, who wanted the "alumni, students, fan and supporters to put the athletic department (at USC) back in the hands of the people who built the tradition, SC people." In other words, he wants to go back to a system that had the coaches making 25 visits to a recruit when only two are allowed. To promise and give them thousands of dollars in scalped ticket money every game day. To admit them through the athletic department instead of the admissions department.
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October 16, 1999
Ten postgame comments you'll never hear from a USC opponent's coach in the Paul Hackett era: 10. How did that team lose five games already? 9. What a diverse offense! You need a lot more than a week to prepare for all the things they do. 8. I've never seen a team better prepared. 7. We thought we could stretch their defense with our option attack. Boy, were we wrong. 6. Their tight end killed us all day with big catches. 5. Their offensive line manhandled our front seven.
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July 6, 2010 | By Gary Klein
Seantrel Henderson, USC's top football recruit and a player many experts considered the No. 1 college prospect in the nation, was released from his scholarship by the Trojans on Tuesday. Henderson, a 6-foot-8 offensive tackle from St. Paul, Minn., could not be reached for comment but it is clear he requested his release. He verbally committed to USC in February but waited until March to sign his letter of intent because he was concerned about the NCAA's investigation into the Trojans' football program.
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June 10, 2010 | Chris Dufresne
The case was stacked against USC — three feet high. Paul Dee, chair of the NCAA's Committee on Infractions, said Thursday that if you piled all the report notes on a table it would measure at least a yard. Imagine binding it all up and having that book thrown at you. Alabama fans who chided for years that the NCAA was going to go easy USC because it was somehow a sacred cash cow were wrong. The NCAA hammered USC to within an inch of its football life. It could have been worse only had "The Death Penalty" been imposed, or had the Trojans been banned from television.
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December 20, 2009 | Bill Plaschke
Once again, amid the kindling that has become the USC football program, "Fight On" is being drowned out by two other sounds. Cough, cough. More smoke here, strange smoke, scary smoke, stupid smoke, adding to a cloud that ensures the NCAA will keep looking for that illegal burn. Just some kid driving his girlfriend's car. Just another silly ember that could have been doused with a little more prudence and a little less arrogance. Is it really that hard to monitor some kid driving his girlfriend's car?
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April 29, 2006 | VIEWPOINT LETTERS
It's so exciting to watch Reggie Bush, his parents, USC, Pete Carroll, Michael Michaels, Mike Ornstein and David Cornwell all trying to cover their butts and scrambling to come up with the same story. I haven't seen this much action since Watergate, when Nixon and his Cabinet were doing the same thing. JOHN PAUL WHITE Moreno Valley What do you expect from someone who continually wants to do a somersault into the end zone, at the risk of having his team assessed an excessive-celebration penalty?
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July 27, 2004 | David Wharton, Times Staff Writer
It seems that winning half of last season's national championship only made the USC football program hungry for more. The Trojans have gone back through the record books and are now laying claim to a portion of the 1939 title. That season's undefeated team, though finishing No. 3 in the young Associated Press poll, ranked first in the Dickinson System, a now-defunct formula that was among the recognized polls of the era.
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October 16, 1999
Ten postgame comments you'll never hear from a USC opponent's coach in the Paul Hackett era: 10. How did that team lose five games already? 9. What a diverse offense! You need a lot more than a week to prepare for all the things they do. 8. I've never seen a team better prepared. 7. We thought we could stretch their defense with our option attack. Boy, were we wrong. 6. Their tight end killed us all day with big catches. 5. Their offensive line manhandled our front seven.
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September 30, 1993 | EARL GUSTKEY
On one of the final plays of last Saturday's 34-3 USC rout of Washington State, center Tony Gnau snapped the ball to punter John Stonehouse, then charged downfield and made the tackle. Not only was it a meaningful moment for Gnau, but it also stirred memories for Coach John Robinson, who said later that his thoughts flashed to the 1958 Rose Bowl game. In the 1950s, Robinson was a reserve offensive and defensive end at Oregon.
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July 27, 2004 | David Wharton, Times Staff Writer
It seems that winning half of last season's national championship only made the USC football program hungry for more. The Trojans have gone back through the record books and are now laying claim to a portion of the 1939 title. That season's undefeated team, though finishing No. 3 in the young Associated Press poll, ranked first in the Dickinson System, a now-defunct formula that was among the recognized polls of the era.
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July 22, 1995
Your article [July 13] regarding entrance exams and the USC football program was tabloid journalism at best. Implying that USC is directly involved in the entrance exam process is misguided and irresponsible. The Trojans were the first to put football in Los Angeles on the map, decades before the Rams and Raiders ran through town. How about a front-page article on the Rhodes scholar candidate who starts at center? The Times should provide fair and accurate coverage on our only local team that has a legitimate opportunity to bring a national championship to the city.
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September 30, 1993 | EARL GUSTKEY
On one of the final plays of last Saturday's 34-3 USC rout of Washington State, center Tony Gnau snapped the ball to punter John Stonehouse, then charged downfield and made the tackle. Not only was it a meaningful moment for Gnau, but it also stirred memories for Coach John Robinson, who said later that his thoughts flashed to the 1958 Rose Bowl game. In the 1950s, Robinson was a reserve offensive and defensive end at Oregon.
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