November 17, 2012 |
Outside, amid the swaying and chanting of thousands of fans in soggy blue ponchos, shock pelted the Rose Bowl like the cold rain. Inside, in an equally stunning turn of events, Lane Kiffin was safe and warm. In answering a question about his job security moments after an embarrassing 38-28 loss to UCLA on Saturday, the increasingly embattled USC coach said his position for next season had been assured and later told me to call Athletic Director Pat Haden to confirm. I did, and he did, Haden delivering the news that will stun many Trojans fans as much as their formerly top-ranked team's absorbing only its second beating by the Bruins in 14 years.
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.
January 10, 2001 |
Thursday's matchup against the Trojans will be the first time since Feb. 2, 1962 that a ranked USC team takes on an unranked UCLA team. In that game, the Trojans lost to the Bruins, 73-59. Guard Ray Young doesn't buy talk that USC is the best team in L.A. this season. "I don't think the tables have been turned," he said. Senior Jason Flowers, who has started the last three games, said it doesn't matter what the records or rankings are when it comes to playing USC.
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.
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.