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January 9, 2011 | By Gary Klein
USC, taking advantage of a loophole that could ease the immediate sting of NCAA penalties while also adding depth, expects to welcome nine new players for the start of spring-semester classes Monday. The swell ? only a few players each year have typically enrolled at USC in January ? comes in the aftermath of sanctions that reduce scholarships for three years. By enticing players to enroll early, USC can count them against its 2010 recruiting class rather than 2011, which will be limited to a maximum of 15, pending the school's Jan. 22 hearing before the NCAA's Infractions Appeals Committee.
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December 27, 2013 | By Gary Klein
John Baxter, USC's special teams coach the last four seasons, said he was told by new Coach Steve Sarkisian that he would not be part of his Trojans staff. Baxter said he met with Sarkisian earlier this week and was told there was not a scenario that he would remain with the staff. “I'm proud of the work we've done collectively and proud of the work I've done at USC,” Baxter said Thursday night. “I enjoyed every day working there. I'm proud of what was accomplished on the field and academically.” Baxter, who coached for 13 seasons at Fresno State before coming to USC, was responsible for implementing an “Academic Gameplan” designed to help players stay on track toward graduation.
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August 26, 2012 | By Gary Klein
Only 10 college football teams in history started the season ranked No. 1 in the Associated Press media poll and finished in the same spot. Of them, only USC's 2004 team and Florida State's 1999 team have gone wire to wire, maintaining their ranking week to week throughout the season. Could the 2012 Trojans do the same? After emerging from a two-year bowl ban, top-ranked USC enters Saturday's opener against Hawaii at the sold-out Coliseum amid huge expectations. The Trojans are ranked No. 1 in the AP preseason poll for the first time since 2007.
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September 7, 2012 | By Gary Klein
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - Former USC running back Joe McKnight declined to comment Friday about recent allegations that he took improper benefits while he was a player for the Trojans. Approached after a New York Jets practice, McKnight walked out of the locker room at the team's facility, retreating to an area off-limits to media. The Times has reported that Scott Schenter , a key figure in the ongoing corruption scandal at the Los Angeles County assessor's office, said he gave cash and perks worth thousands of dollars to McKnight and former basketball player Davon Jefferson while they were still in school.
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September 7, 2012 | By Gary Klein
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - Former USC running back Joe McKnight declined to comment Friday about recent allegations that he took improper benefits while he was a player for the Trojans. Approached after a New York Jets practice, McKnight walked out of the locker room at the team's facility, retreating to an area off-limits to media. The Times has reported that Scott Schenter , a key figure in the ongoing corruption scandal at the Los Angeles County assessor's office, said he gave cash and perks worth thousands of dollars to McKnight and former basketball player Davon Jefferson while they were still in school.
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November 8, 1991
Joe Cijac, a reserve offensive lineman, quit the USC football team, citing personal reasons.
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November 16, 1985
I hope that we're not going to hear a lot of "dump Ted Tollner" comments in the near future. Ted is providing many of us Trojan-haters a very valuable service--a losing USC football team. DAVE SOBEL UCLA '78 Simi Valley
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September 10, 2005
Last Saturday, as I watched the USC-Hawaii game, I soon became disgusted by the young men of Troy constantly going into showboating dances after almost every play. If the Trojans think that is the way they should behave on the football field, then maybe the school name should be changed from the University of Southern California to the University of Western Miami. JOHN PAUL WHITE Moreno Valley Golly! Tuesday's article on the USC football team's go-fer -- uh, excuse me, "Director of Football Operations" -- was just plain fascinating.
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December 9, 1995
Help! Fashion coordinator needed. I need a well-designed outfit blending purple and white with cardinal and gold. And, oh yes, a ticket to the Rose Bowl to show off your creation would be nice. BARRY COPILOW B.A. Northwestern '67 J.D. USC Law '73 The salary cap imposed by the NCAA on the USC football team has become quite a burden. Why doesn't USC just buy the NCAA and be done with these out-of-touch bureaucrats? JEFFREY D. LITTELL Irvine
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December 10, 2005
I want to set the record straight on a recent item in The Times about the USC football team's NCAA Academic Progress Rate. The item was based on outdated information reported by a wire service. It stated that USC's APR is below the 925 cutoff score. This is not correct. The NCAA has made a number of adjustments to the 2003-04 data initially submitted and this has changed the APR for many schools. USC's revised football APR score for 2003-04 is 930, above the 925 line. And, coupled with our score of 927 for the recently submitted 2004-05 data (which has not yet been released publicly by the NCAA)
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August 26, 2012 | By Gary Klein
Only 10 college football teams in history started the season ranked No. 1 in the Associated Press media poll and finished in the same spot. Of them, only USC's 2004 team and Florida State's 1999 team have gone wire to wire, maintaining their ranking week to week throughout the season. Could the 2012 Trojans do the same? After emerging from a two-year bowl ban, top-ranked USC enters Saturday's opener against Hawaii at the sold-out Coliseum amid huge expectations. The Trojans are ranked No. 1 in the AP preseason poll for the first time since 2007.
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March 5, 2012 | By Gary Klein
USC opens spring practice Tuesday. The Trojans will work out 15 times, concluding with a scrimmage at the Coliseum on April 14. All practices except the April 14 scrimmage are closed to the public. Here are five questions facing the Trojans: Is there anything left for Matt Barkley to work on? The senior said he would spend his fourth spring practice refining his footwork and throwing mechanics and becoming "a coach on the field. " That's fine with Coach Lane Kiffin.
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November 1, 2011 | Bill Plaschke
Through the noise of a Coliseum that roared and rocked for the first time in more than two years, you could hear a page being turned. Through the game's ugly ending, you could see a new beginning. The triple-overtime loss to mighty Stanford on Saturday night felt like the first game of the rest of USC's life, this probation-chained team finally starting to run around like it can smell the freedom, its frustrated fans finally filling the building and bathing it in their passion.
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September 29, 2011 | By Paul Pringle and Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times
Wealthy developer Rick Caruso resigned Wednesday from the scandal-plagued Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission, ending a stormy tenure during which he clashed frequently with fellow panel members over their stewardship of the stadium. In his resignation letter , Caruso said he is stepping down because criticism of his dual role as a trustee for USC, whose football team is the Coliseum's main tenant, might have "restricted" his ability to serve effectively. But that is merely the latest point at which Caruso, who is considering a run for mayor, parted ways with other commissioners.
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September 3, 2011 | Bill Plaschke
I mean, seriously, why not just kick the extra point? What the fans said with thousands of boos, I put in a single question, directing it at Coach Lane Kiffin on Saturday afternoon after an opening win that contained a last straw. The fans were furious, I was curious: Why did Kiffin approve the attempt of two-point conversions after each of USC's first two touchdowns against Minnesota? The Trojans failed on both and it nearly cost them. Their 19-17 victory felt as sour as last year's opening triumph against Hawaii, where Kiffin pulled the same move after the first three touchdowns, failing twice.
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April 7, 2011 | By Gary Klein
Mark Sanchez went through spring practice three times at USC. That was from 2006 to 2008, three years before the Trojans adopted their current routine of working out at 7:25 a.m., a schedule that probably also will be implemented this fall. So after watching USC practice Thursday, the New York Jets quarterback was asked whether he would have liked early-morning practices when he was in college. "I don't know," he said. "That's early. I like to get a little lunch, maybe a nap, and then get to practice.
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April 22, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Gil Kuhn, 91, a former All-American who captained the 1936 USC football team and earned a Distinguished Flying Cross during World War II, died April 12 of natural causes in Anaheim. Born in Placentia in 1915, Kuhn was a graduate of Fullerton Union High School, where he made All-Coast League center. He attended USC on a football scholarship and was captain of the 1936 team under Coach Howard Jones.
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