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December 5, 2009
Rick Neuheisel, next time you play Monopoly with Pete Carroll and he offers to give you Baltic Avenue, take it. John Mark Newport Beach :: Great job, Rick, but if you really wanted to teach your players never to give up, what was your defensive strategy on the pass to Damian Williams? Norman Jacobs Encino :: From the way Pete Carroll ran up and down the sidelines, laughing and waving his arms in the air, one would have thought it must be Christmas morning and he had just discovered the BCS championship trophy under his tree, not that USC had just scored a meaningless touchdown.
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January 29, 2014 | By Gary Klein
JERSEY CITY, N.J. - Their journeys to the Super Bowl might have been on different roads, but they all started from the same spot - playing college football in Los Angeles. USC and UCLA will have plenty of presence in Sunday's Super Bowl and, although most are backups, names familiar to Southern California football fans are sure to crop up. Seattle Seahawks linebackers Malcolm Smith and Mike Morgan played for the Trojans, and running back Derrick Coleman for the Bruins. Smith, a seventh-round draft pick in 2011, provided the game-saving interception in the Seahawks' NFC championship game victory over the San Francisco 49ers.
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November 29, 2009 | Bill Plaschke
At the end of a long, brutal fight, Pete Carroll extended an olive branch. Rick Neuheisel poked him with it. In the final seconds of a game that had already been decided, Pete Carroll made a common gesture to save players while allowing UCLA to save face. Rick Neuheisel swung at him with it. For more than three hours, the two disillusioned locals played through a season's worth of problems to produce a tough and classy crosstown rivalry game. Then, acting like a brat, Rick Neuheisel changed all of it. In a classic turned catfight, Saturday night was all right for spiting, a snubbing becoming a taunting becoming a touchdown that nearly led to a brawl.
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December 27, 2012 | By Houston Mitchell
Join us at noon for a Google+ Hangout with Times national college football writer Chris Dufresne, UCLA writer Chris Foster and USC writer Gary Klein as they take a look at the sport. This week's topic are sure to include discussion of the upcoming USC and UCLA bowl games, a preview of the BCS title game between Alabama and Notre Dame and a preview of the Rose Bowl between Stanford and Wisconsin. As Dufresne wrote earlier this week , "This is being called a "traditional" Rose Bowl because the football champions of the Pac-12 and Big Ten conferences just hit town, went to Disneyland, plan to eat wheelbarrows of prime rib and then play in the sacred Jan.1 post-parade time slot.
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January 17, 2009 | Chris Dufresne
The crosstown USC-UCLA football matchup, which has ended the Pacific 10 Conference regular season on "Championship Saturday" in December the last four years, will be played on Nov. 28 this year. Instead of UCLA, Arizona will play at USC on Dec. 5, according to the 2009 Pac-10 schedule, which was finalized Friday. Pac-10 spokesman Jim Muldoon said the reason for the change was that Fox Sports, which has rights to USC-UCLA every five years, wanted to move USC-UCLA off Dec. 5.
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November 27, 2009 | By Gary Klein and Chris Foster
Dietrich Riley is undecided. With dozens of big-time college football programs recruiting him, the safety and running back from La Canada St. Francis High shuffles his favorites nearly every week. USC and UCLA are at or near the top of Riley's list, so the Pasadena resident will be on the sidelines and watching with acute interest Saturday night when the Trojans play the Bruins at the Coliseum. Will the outcome tilt him toward the winner? "I wouldn't say one game will affect my decision at all," Riley said.
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December 4, 2010 | T.J. Simers
The mistake-fest went too long into the night, UCLA certified as the crummier team as expected, but no time to listen to what nonsense Coach Rick Neuheisel had for the UCLA fans still in attendance behind the Bruins' bench. I'm sure it was inspiring, and included a promise of better days ahead. In other words, last year's speech. The joke, of course, is that both of these teams could drive anyone to drink. But there was nothing funny about the lunacy taking place at the Rose Bowl Saturday, beginning with the administrators' decision to open the permit parking lots at 6. In the morning.
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November 17, 2000 | LARRY STEWART
Fox Sports Net did two good things this week. First, it found a hole on Fox Sports Net 2 so that Saturday's USC-UCLA game at the Rose Bowl could be televised live at 3:30 p.m., meaning Channel 7 wouldn't have to preempt the 12:30 Oregon-Oregon State game.
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December 1, 2009 | T.J. Simers
The wife likes to say, "You think you're always right." I'm not surprised she would state the obvious, although I've detected almost a derogatory ring to her voice at times. Now I would guess most people think they are right when they speak, with maybe the exception of Plaschke , who is always wrong and must know it by now. The burden that comes with always being right, of course, is the frustration of hearing from those who get it wrong and don't understand I'm always right.
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December 5, 2010 | By Gary Klein and Chris Foster
USC's season-ending victory over UCLA was a microcosm of the season. For both teams. USC showed in its 28-14 victory that it was capable of a dominant rushing attack, as it had done sporadically in 12 previous games. Quarterback Matt Barkley gritted through an uneven performance on an injured left ankle, looking sharp at times on passes to freshman standout Robert Woods but also showing that his decision-making is still a work in progress. And the Trojans' defense took advantage of turnovers, as it had done occasionally, but stayed true to form with a requisite last-minute lapse that allowed the Bruins to trim the final margin.
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November 15, 2012 | By Dan Loumena
As tensions run high leading into the annual meeting between USC and UCLA, The Times' college football writers took a look at the issues and match-ups surrounding the game. Is Trojans Coach Lane Kiffin on the hot seat? Will it be a successful season for the Bruins if they fail to win on Saturday at the Rose Bowl? Is it really a big deal if Tommy Trojan or the USC Marching Band's drum major plants a sword in the Bruins logo? USC reporter Gary Klein says that it's difficult to say what will happen with Kiffin and his Trojans, who have a 7-3 record.
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November 11, 2012 | By Chris Dufresne
Top-ranked Alabama's loss Saturday left three undefeated schools vying for two spots in this year's Bowl Championship Series national title race. Kansas State, riding its computer advantage, is the new No. 1 in the latest BCS standings released Sunday with an average of .9674. Oregon, despite supplanting Alabama as No. 1 in all the major polls, is second at .9479, followed by Notre Dame at .9396. Alabama, the top team in the first four BCS standings, dropped to No. 4 with Georgia at No. 5. The top two teams in the final BCS standings on Dec. 2 will play for the BCS national title.
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January 13, 2012 | By Baxter Holmes
As USC's basketball practice finished Friday, an unfamiliar face joined the players in a huddle. Trojans Coach Kevin O'Neill introduced the man as the greatest player in the program's history. "I want you all to meet Harold Miner," he said. Miner's No. 23 jersey will be retired at Sunday's USC-UCLA game at the Galen Center. A large photo of him already hangs in the corner of the practice arena. "I really miss being around the game," Miner said later. "I've been away for a long time.
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November 25, 2011 | By Gary Klein
Not to be overly dramatic or anything, but when UCLA plays USC in the 81st football game between the rivals, something pretty huge will be at stake. How about the future of both programs? For UCLA, it's the short term. It's survival for Coach Rick Neuheisel. And, astonishingly, with Colorado's upset win against Utah on Friday, a chance to possibly conclude the season in the Rose Bowl — or no bowl game at all. For No. 10 USC, it's a chance to build on a signature victory, for Coach Lane Kiffin to keep momentum going into a recruiting season that will be unlike any other in Trojans history and to possibly set his team up for a national title run two years after being hammered by the NCAA.
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December 5, 2010 | By Gary Klein and Chris Foster
USC's season-ending victory over UCLA was a microcosm of the season. For both teams. USC showed in its 28-14 victory that it was capable of a dominant rushing attack, as it had done sporadically in 12 previous games. Quarterback Matt Barkley gritted through an uneven performance on an injured left ankle, looking sharp at times on passes to freshman standout Robert Woods but also showing that his decision-making is still a work in progress. And the Trojans' defense took advantage of turnovers, as it had done occasionally, but stayed true to form with a requisite last-minute lapse that allowed the Bruins to trim the final margin.
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December 5, 2010 | By Alan Zarembo and Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times
A drunken brawl in a Rose Bowl parking lot before the USC- UCLA football game Saturday sent two men to the hospital with stab wounds and three people to jail, one of them on suspicion of attempted murder, authorities said. The fight started about 4:30 p.m. in parking lot 1 on the north side of the Rose Bowl, where dozens of people had been tailgating and drinking since 6:30 a.m. in advance of the game that evening. Police called to the scene found 50 to 75 people fighting, said Cmdr.
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November 14, 1986 | LARRY STEWART
Learning that next weekend's USC-UCLA football game will be shown only on pay television ranks with running into freeway construction during rush hour. It's bad enough that viewers, accustomed to getting the game on television for nothing, must now pay $15 or $20, depending on what their particular cable company is asking. Worse, though, is that only about one-eighth of Southern California's television households will have access to the game.
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November 24, 1990
After Saturday's classic USC-UCLA game, I can hardly wait for your first letter from a whining Bruin claiming that Johnnie Morton's spectacular winning touchdown catch was (a) out of bounds (b) juggled or (c) Terry Donahue's fault. BRIAN ROBINETTE, Van Nuys
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December 4, 2010 | T.J. Simers
The mistake-fest went too long into the night, UCLA certified as the crummier team as expected, but no time to listen to what nonsense Coach Rick Neuheisel had for the UCLA fans still in attendance behind the Bruins' bench. I'm sure it was inspiring, and included a promise of better days ahead. In other words, last year's speech. The joke, of course, is that both of these teams could drive anyone to drink. But there was nothing funny about the lunacy taking place at the Rose Bowl Saturday, beginning with the administrators' decision to open the permit parking lots at 6. In the morning.
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November 28, 2010 | Jerry Crowe
It started with a wink. Johnnie Morton's subtle signal to USC quarterback Todd Marinovich indicated that all systems were go on a pass pattern that would finally put the Trojans over the top in their 1990 showdown against UCLA. The Trojans and Bruins had slugged it out all afternoon at the Rose Bowl, neither able to shake the other in one of the most engrossing battles in the rivalry's storied history. The teams had already combined for 80 points, more than had ever been scored in a USC-UCLA game.
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