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February 13, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
As USC's interim basketball coach, Bob Cantu has a modest record of 4-3 — a mark that looks a lot better considering that the Trojans were 7-10 when Kevin O'Neill was fired and Cantu promoted about a month ago. Before the switch, USC not only was losing more than it was winning, it was doing so by scoring an average of 64.4 points per game. Since Cantu has taken over, the Trojans are averaging 72 points per game — a scoring figure they surpassed only twice with O'Neill. Guard J.T. Terrell says Cantu has taken "the leash" off the team.
January 30, 2013 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
When first generation rapper Doug E. Fresh, former Roots beatmaker Rahzel or "Yo Gabba Gabba" rapper Biz Markie learned to mimic a hip-hop rhythm using only their voices, chances were they had little idea what they were actually doing with their mouths. "Beatboxing,” as it came to be known, includes laryngeal lowering and lingual retraction, labial approximation, velic raising (to seal the nasopharynx off from the oral vocal tract, of course) and rapid raising of the tongue dorsal.
December 2, 2012 | By Gary Klein
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.
November 23, 2012
Dear Tennessee, It wasn't right for USC to take Lane Kiffin from you. You can have him back. Ted Bartscherer Pasadena :: Bill Plaschke's column after the USC-UCLA game included the phrase "embarrassing 38-28 loss to UCLA. " Excuse me, but since when is losing to a far superior team an embarrassment? The rudderless and defenseless Men of Troy should be proud they were able to keep it that close. The Bruins dominated every phase of the game … but then they didn't spend the past few months reading about how invincible they were.
November 17, 2012 | Bill Plaschke
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.
October 8, 2012 | Chris Dufresne
Handshakes and helmet stickers go out to the two schools known as USC in this week's top 10 — we could not be more thrilled for the players and their families. The USC at No. 3 lost the legal right to be called USC, so it will heretofore be referred to as South Carolina, "Southern Car" or "Spurrierville. " The USC at No. 9 in the latest USA Today coaches' poll has been known for years as the University of Southern California. Both Southern Car and USC displayed the kind of extended-weekend grit that earns you resilience red ribbons from our blue-ribbon platitude panel.
September 22, 2012 | Bill Plaschke
The storm may have passed, but the rumblings persist. You could feel them in the frustrated waving of Matt Barkley's arms. You could see them in the balls dropping from Curtis McNeal's and Robert Woods' fingers. You could hear them in whistles for helmet hits, late hits, and one lost soul who actually ran off the wrong side of the field. The damage may have been done, but the remains are rickety. One week after their season's first loss, on a day when everyone expected a glittery homecoming parade, the Trojans' muddy and difficult march continued.
September 7, 2012 | By Gary Klein
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - Former USC running back Joe McKnight declined to comment Friday about recent allegations that he took improper benefits while he was a player for the Trojans. Approached after a New York Jets practice, McKnight walked out of the locker room at the team's facility, retreating to an area off-limits to media. The Times has reported that Scott Schenter , a key figure in the ongoing corruption scandal at the Los Angeles County assessor's office, said he gave cash and perks worth thousands of dollars to McKnight and former basketball player Davon Jefferson while they were still in school.
August 26, 2012 | By Gary Klein
Only 10 college football teams in history started the season ranked No. 1 in the Associated Press media poll and finished in the same spot. Of them, only USC's 2004 team and Florida State's 1999 team have gone wire to wire, maintaining their ranking week to week throughout the season. Could the 2012 Trojans do the same? After emerging from a two-year bowl ban, top-ranked USC enters Saturday's opener against Hawaii at the sold-out Coliseum amid huge expectations. The Trojans are ranked No. 1 in the AP preseason poll for the first time since 2007.
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