December 27, 2003
If the Rose Bowl is the "true" national title game that The Times insists it is, then does Michigan win the national championship if it defeats USC? Didn't think so. It is nothing more or less than another mythical championship decided only by sportswriters. Say what you want about the BCS, it is less biased than the AP and coaches' polls; the same polls (coaches) that arbitrarily elevated Nebraska over No. 1 Michigan in 1997, though both had won bowl games, and chose Alabama (AP) over a USC team (UPI coaches)
December 2, 2012 |
USC, which opened the season ranked No. 1 in several polls, had hoped to spend its bowl week in South Florida preparing for the Bowl Championship Series title game. But a 7-5 finish will send the Trojans to Texas. USC will play Georgia Tech in the Hyundai Sun Bowl on Dec. 31 in El Paso, Texas, it was announced Sunday. This will be USC's second appearance in the Sun Bowl. In 1998, a USC team favored by 16 points lost to 6-5 Texas Christian, 28-19. Georgia Tech, which plays in the Atlantic Coast Conference, finished 6-7 after Saturday's 21-15 loss to No. 21 Florida State.
July 26, 2012 |
USC will open its men's basketball season Nov. 9 at the Galen Center against Coppin State - but the going gets considerably tougher from there. The Trojans, coming off an injury-plagued 6-26 season, play 18 games against teams that won 20 or more games last season. USC's home schedule includes nonconference games against Long Beach State (Nov. 13), San Diego State (Nov. 25), Minnesota (Dec. 8), UC Riverside (Dec. 15), UC Irvine (Dec. 20) and Dayton (Dec. 30). The Trojans will participate in the Maui Invitational and also have nonconference games at Nebraska (Dec.
April 21, 2014 |
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.
November 29, 2005 |
The resurgence of USC football has been attributed to the arrival of Pete Carroll in 2001. Maybe the ghost of John McKay has played a part as well. Morning Briefing has confirmed that McKay's ashes were secretly spread on the Coliseum turf after his death in June 2001. McKay's widow, Corky, who died of cancer in April of this year at 73, reportedly was involved in carrying out her husband's wishes.
September 1, 1998 |
Carson Palmer's debut against Purdue stirred plenty of debate about who USC's quarterback should be. And even though Coach Paul Hackett insisted that Mike Van Raaphorst is the starter for now, there's ample precedent for a two-quarterback system. In 1962, USC won the national championship with alternating quarterbacks, Pete Beathard and Bill Nelsen. The pair helped USC to an 11-0 record.
March 7, 2012 |
UCLA shook off a woeful first half to advance in the Pacific Life Pac-12 tournament with a 55-40 victory over USC on Wednesday. Lazeric Jones scored 15 points and Travis Wear had 12 for UCLA. Byron Wesley finished with 13 for USC. The Bruins will play Arizona at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday. UCLA went on a 17-4 run to start the second half to put away a USC team that has been through a injury-marred season. The Trojans have only six scholarship players healthy, but it was the Bruins who looked unfamiliar with playing basketball on the college level.
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 25, 2012 |
Tony Ciarelli did not set out to be the king of aces. Too one-dimensional. USC's 6-foot-6 senior outside hitter spent most of his life honing a number of volleyball skills: serves, an array of powerful spikes and well-placed shots, intimidating blocks and efficient passes. Yet when Ciarelli is behind the service line for the top-ranked Trojans, the anticipation from teammates and fans is palpable. So is the dread on opponents' faces. Midway through the first set of USC's Mountain Pacific Sports Federation quarterfinal victory over Cal State Northridge, for instance, Ciarelli boomed a salvo of four consecutive serves.
March 13, 2013 |
— It should be noted that USC's basketball team did have a four-game winning streak this season that included victories over UCLA, Washington State, Washington and Stanford. It should also be noted that the Trojans (14-17 overall, 9-9 Pac-12) finished off the Pac-12 Conference season with consecutive losses at Washington and Washington State and then had two players, starter Dewayne Dedmon and backup James Blasczyk, be involved in a series of brawls in downtown Spokane early Sunday.