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...
August 23, 2013 |
New USC basketball Coach Andy Enfield spoke Friday afternoon about the Trojans' newest player, D.J. Haley, who played three seasons at Virginia Commonwealth. Enfield said Haley, who graduated in three years and is immediately eligible, plans to enter USC's engineering graduate school. Haley, a 7-footer from Palmdale who averaged 1.9 points and 1.9 rebounds last season, fills a need for a USC team that lost forward Eric Wise, who exhausted his eligibility, and center Dewayne Dedmon, who entered the NBA draft but wasn't taken.
April 12, 2013 |
Cynthia Cooper-Dyke is coming home. The Los Angeles Locke High alum who played on two NCAA championship teams at USC and competed in the WNBA was hired as USC's women's basketball coach, the school announced Thursday. Cooper-Dyke, who coached last season at Texas Southern, replaces Michael Cooper, whose USC team finished 11-20 last season. "If you were to ask me what my dream job was at any point in my coaching career, I would always have said my dream is to come back and lead the USC women's basketball team," Cooper-Dyke said in a statement.