November 17, 2013 |
The deep green Coliseum field turned cardinal and gold, swarmed by thousands of fans, enveloped in thousands of screams, a heart of Trojans nation beating together in dizzy disbelief. In the middle stood one sweating man who was somehow bigger than all of it, his giant white-sleeved arms raised above his giant smile, his massive shoulders carrying this bear of a victory. He was rocked, he was hugged, he was loved like no man has been loved here since the early days of Pete Carroll.
November 9, 2013 |
Ed Orgeron does not have fond memories of Memorial Stadium. The last time he visited, 10 years ago, Orgeron was the defensive line coach for a third-ranked USC team that spotted California a 14-point halftime lead before losing to the Golden Bears in triple overtime. It was a turning point for USC, which bounced back from the defeat and went on to win 34 consecutive games and two national titles. However, the circumstances of the loss remain vivid. "It was just devastating," Orgeron said.
November 4, 2013 |
Omar Oraby is 7 feet 2 and stands up straight as a light pole. Sometimes kids who are extremely tall try to look less tall. They hunch their shoulders. They nonchalantly bend their knees. But Oraby is proud of who he is. He's proud of his height. He is proud to be a USC senior and well on his way to a college degree. He is proud to be a basketball player with soft hands, nifty footwork and talent that doesn't always come naturally to a big man from a country that doesn't produce many basketball players.
October 19, 2013 |
MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. — Upon arriving at USC's team hotel late Thursday night, quarterback Cody Kessler picked up his room key and made his way toward a ballroom set up as a dining center. "Good memories from this place," he said, to no one in particular. Two years ago, Kessler was a wide-eyed freshman learning the steps of preparation from road-game roommate Matt Barkley, who in 2009 led USC to victory over Notre Dame in his first game at Notre Dame Stadium. On Saturday night, Kessler will try to do the same when USC plays the Fighting Irish in the 85th football game between the rivals.
October 10, 2013 |
The desserts that returned as part of training table fare were scrumptious. The whooping and hollering during a player-coached scrimmage proved cathartic. And a movie screening the night before the game relaxed a USC team about to play its first game under interim Coach Ed Orgeron. But how would USC respond when it finally played a game without the fired Lane Kiffin? On Thursday night, the Trojans answered with a 38-31 victory over stubborn Arizona at the Coliseum. With the animated Orgeron leading the way, and offensive coordinator Clay Helton calling plays for the first time, the Trojans improved to 4-2 overall and 1-2 in Pac-12 Conference play heading into their next game at Notre Dame.
October 9, 2013 |
USC plays its first game under interim Coach Ed Orgeron, who begins an eight-game audition for the full-time job. Times staff writer Gary Klein examines the story lines: Pivotal game Last season's 39-36 loss at Arizona was a turning point for a USC team that had entered the game with a 6-1 record and was ranked No. 10. USC lost five of its last six games, placing immense pressure on former coach Lane Kiffin and Athletic Director...