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March 10, 2013 | By Gary Klein
Police in Spokane, Wash., are investigating a fight that witnesses said might have involved USC basketball players, a Spokane police official confirmed. USC concluded its regular season Saturday afternoon with a 76-51 loss to Washington State at Pullman, Wash. The Trojans stayed the night in Spokane and flew home Sunday. Monique Cotton, communications director for the Spokane police, said that 10 to 12 officers responded to a call about a large fight in downtown Spokane about 2 a.m. Sunday.
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April 21, 2014 | By Gary Klein
Former USC basketball player Byron Wesley, who announced last week that he would graduate this summer and transfer for his final season of eligibility, has been contacted by seven schools, he told USCFootball.com. Wesley, a guard who was the Trojans' leading scorer last season, told reporter Chris Swanson that he had been contacted by Indiana, Baylor, Michigan State, Gonzaga, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh and Providence. "I'm still trying to narrow down my list right now and take a few official visits," Wesley told Swanson . "I want to check out some schools, meet the coaches, players on the team and everyone.
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December 2, 2013 | By Mike Hiserman
USC has not confirmed its choice of Steve Sarkisian as football coach, but Trojans players present and past have already weighed in on the choice via Twitter. "It's business," wrote defensive tackle George Uko, who later added, "Felt like I just lost my father" -- presumably a reference to interim coach Ed Orgeron, the team's defensive line coach, being passed over for the permanent job. Star defensive lineman Leonard Williams, whose header photo at the top of his Twitter feed features himself and Orgeron, added: This is hard..
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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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November 4, 2013 | By Gary Klein
Ed Orgeron happily rocked the world of USC players when he returned desserts to the training table after taking over as the Trojans' interim coach. On Monday, Orgeron again played the food card. During USC's team meeting, he treated the Trojans to burgers and shakes from In-N-Out Burger. "Just want to thank you as a coaching staff," Orgeron said to feasting players in a video that was posted on USC's website. It might have been coincidence or, perhaps, an ode to Oregon State Coach Mike Riley , who took his team to In-N-Out after the Beavers defeated UCLA last season.
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March 29, 2011
UCLA and USC players projected to be selected in rounds 2-7 of the NFL draft (April 28-30): UCLA RAHIM MOORE, safety: Best free safety in this draft class. Good range, but needs to get stronger. Projected round: 2. DAVID CARTER, defensive tackle: Performance at the Shrine Game bumped up his stock after a poor season. Projected: 6. KAI FORBATH, kicker: Booted 85 field goals, tying him for first in school history with John Lee. Projected: 6-7. RYAN TAYLOR, center: Showed good versatility, moving to center after playing guard as a junior.
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February 22, 2011 | By Baxter Holmes
The USC players woke up still sore in their downtown San Francisco hotel last Friday, one day removed from beating California in Berkeley. Then they heard the best news anyone in that position can hear: Go back to bed; you have the day off. USC Coach Kevin O'Neill rested his players specifically because they had been struggling on Saturdays, their 15-12 overall record marred by seven losses this season on that day. The Trojans typically...
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November 14, 2012 | By Sam Farmer
Some can't-miss NFL prospects simply miss. Every so often, a "who's he?" becomes a who's who. Pro scouts aren't always on the mark, but they are paid to use their keen judgment to project which college football players will succeed at the next level, and those opinions carry weight. There will be plenty of NFL scouts in attendance Saturday when UCLA plays host to USC at the Rose Bowl. This week, at the request of The Times, three NFL scouts opened their notebooks and anonymously shared their thoughts on the professional futures of some of the top Bruins and Trojans.
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February 22, 2004 | Gary Klein
As USC receiver Mike Williams pondered whether to return for another season or turn pro, Trojan teammates and coaches played the waiting game along with anxious fans on Saturday. "I talked to him just for a short time and he told me he hadn't made a decision yet," quarterback Matt Leinart said. "I want him to stay, and we need him to stay. But he has a lot to think about."
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October 28, 2013 | By Gary Klein
A nearby swim stadium is under construction, so USC players and coaches are accustomed to hearing heavy machinery during practice at Brian Kennedy-Howard Jones Field. But on Monday, interim Coach Ed Orgeron introduced the Trojans to something new. Technicians repeatedly blared the recorded sound of a chainsaw to prepare players for the trademark sound effect that rumbles through Oregon State's Reser Stadium on third downs, energizing Beavers fans and players. USC offensive lineman John Martinez remembers what it was like in 2010, when Oregon State defeated the Trojans, 36-7.
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January 4, 2014 | By Gary Klein
Florida State safety Jalen Ramsey was a Freshman All-American this season and will start against Auburn in Monday's Bowl Championship Series title game at the Rose Bowl. Up until national signing day in February, Ramsey was committed to USC. But he was one of several highly regarded recruits who changed his mind and went elsewhere. Ramsey, who played high school football in Tennessee, said Saturday the firing of defensive backs coach Marvin Sanders influenced his decision.
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December 22, 2013 | Gary Klein
The most tumultuous season in USC history ended Saturday with a show of resolve and celebration in the Las Vegas Bowl. The Trojans danced joyously on the sideline and the field during the second quarter against Fresno State. Receiver Marqise Lee exulted in the end zone after catching two of Cody Kessler's game-record four touchdown passes, and defensive players leaped high for chest bumps after making key stops against the Bulldogs' high-powered offense. And USC players and coaches celebrated en masse after a 45-20 victory at Sam Boyd Stadium that capped an improbable 10-4 season for a team that endured multiple coaching changes.
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December 21, 2013 | Chris Dufresne
LAS VEGAS - USC deserves something for completing the strangest 10-win season in the history of college football. How about some credit? In the old days 10 wins got you a wire-service trophy and your team picture in the media guide. BOWL TIMELINE: Matchups, schedule and picks In 1974, former USC quarterback Pat Haden, now the school's athletic director, led the Trojans to a national title with 10 wins. USC also won it all with 10 in 1932 and 1967. SUMMARY: USC 45, Fresno State 20 This year's Trojan 10, though, came wrapped in a package that sort of looked like Pandora's Box. Yet, the season most Trojans fans couldn't wait to be over ended with heel clicks and clinking glasses.
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December 20, 2013 | By Gary Klein
LAS VEGAS - They played under or met four USC head coaches in less than three months. They shed tears of elation in a frenzied victory celebration after beating Stanford at the Coliseum, tears of sorrow on the steps of the McKay Center as a beloved figure exited the program. On Saturday, USC players will try to put all of that out of their minds - or use it as motivation - when they play No. 21 Fresno State in the Las Vegas Bowl at Sam Boyd Stadium. BOWL TIMELINE: Matchups, schedule and picks "We've done something remarkable in the sense of how we handled everything," quarterback Cody Kessler said, "but we still have a game to win. " It won't be easy, not against a Fresno State team that was one victory from playing in a Bowl Championship Series bowl game and features quarterback Derek Carr, college football's passing-yardage and total offense leader.
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December 15, 2013 | By Gary Klein
Marqise Lee will probably decide whether to make himself available for the NFL draft or return to USC about a week after the Trojans play in the Las Vegas Bowl, the junior receiver said Sunday. USC plays Fresno State on Saturday at Sam Boyd Stadium. "Probably the week after that Saturday, I'll probably decide what I'm going to do," he said. Lee, who won the 2012 Biletnikoff Award, is expected to turn pro despite being slowed and sidelined this season because of injuries.
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December 14, 2013 | By Gary Klein
Clay Helton led USC players through an agility drill this week, hustling and high-stepping over a series of large rectangular bags as other assistants barked encouragement. Afterward, players gathered tightly around their latest interim coach. "Remember this," Helton shouted. "How you react to adversity defines you!" Trojans players endured a tumultuous season: the firing of coach Lane Kiffin, the emotional departure of interim coach Ed Orgeron and the arrival of new Coach Steve Sarkisian.
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August 16, 2006 | Gary Klein, Times Staff Writer
USC receiver Dwayne Jarrett has a knack for being in the right place at the right time on the field. But on Tuesday morning, a day after players moved out of a campus dormitory and into apartments, the All-American was in the wrong place, or rather the wrong car. Jarrett and offensive lineman Thomas Herring were handcuffed briefly on campus after several Los Angeles Police Department vehicles descended upon a car they were in.
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December 3, 2013 | Gary Klein
Tears streamed down the cheeks of USC players on Monday after they said an emotional goodbye to one coach and readied for the arrival of another. Steve Sarkisian, a former USC assistant who has been head coach at Washington for the last five seasons, was hired earlier in the day as the Trojans' head coach. Sarkisian, 39, replaces Ed Orgeron, who guided USC to a 6-2 record as interim coach after replacing the fired Lane Kiffin. "It's awesome to be home," Sarkisian said after meeting with the team Monday night.
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December 3, 2013 | By Gary Klein
USC players were emotionally spent by the time they met with new Coach Steve Sarkisian on Monday night, but several said it went well. Sarkisian's last season as a USC assistant was in 2008. He helped recruit several current upperclassmen. “Everybody was pretty positive,” senior offensive tackle Kevin Graf said of the meeting. “He did recruit a lot of us. I still remember when he came to my house.” Offensive coordinator Clay Helton will coach USC in its bowl game.
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