March 7, 2011 |
Harold Miner pulls up in a black Cadillac Escalade, rolls down a window and extends his right hand to greet a visitor. Later, the publicity-shy former USC basketball All-American is friendly and engaging. He shows no sign of discomfort as he recalls the pain of failed expectations and explains why he has mostly strayed from the public eye since his surprisingly unremarkable NBA career short-circuited 15 years ago. Smiling and laughing easily, he appears thoroughly at ease. This is a recluse?
October 30, 2012
The University of Southern California has not always been the best neighbor. In recent years, as the population of undergraduates from out of state has grown, students have overwhelmed the university's supply of campus housing and descended on the neighborhood, where opportunistic property owners jacked up rents that students could pay and displaced families that couldn't afford them. Now the university has a chance to repair some of the disruption it has caused, and, wisely, it is doing that.
November 9, 2011
USC MEN'S BASKETBALL ROSTER Baxter Holmes' comments on USC's roster for the 2011-12 season (statistics are from last season): STARTERS No./Name/Year/Pos./Ht./Wt./Ppg./Rpg./Apg./Comment 14/Dewayne Dedmon/So./F/7-0/255/--/--/--/Scored two points in high school, pegged as an NBA lottery pick, will debut with broken hand. No pressure. 21/Aaron Fuller/Jr./F/6-6/235/9.7*/6.2*/0.7*/Iowa transfer is undersized inside but boasts Big Ten toughness and few nifty post moves.
January 4, 2010 |
In a long-awaited response to allegations that former basketball star O.J. Mayo received improper cash and gifts while in school, USC will penalize its team by forfeiting victories and money, forgoing postseason play and curtailing recruiting. "When we've done something wrong, we have an obligation to do something about it and that is exactly what we are doing here," Athletic Director Mike Garrett said in a statement on Sunday. The action comes as USCalso faces allegations that two prominent football players -- current tailback Joe McKnight and former tailback Reggie Bush -- accepted improper benefits.
November 14, 2013 |
Ed Orgeron removed his sideline headset during the final seconds of USC's victory at California last week and grasped hands with tailback Javorius Allen. "It's been a loooong time coming," Orgeron sang heartily in his Cajun drawl. "Change gonna come," Allen joined in, pumping the coach's fist. Orgeron and Allen were reciting the words to one of Allen's favorite songs: Sam Cooke's 1964 classic "A Change Is Gonna Come. " Much has changed in USC's program - and for Allen - since Orgeron replaced Lane Kiffin in late September.
November 27, 2013 |
USC men's basketball Coach Andy Enfield and Texas El Paso coach and former USC coach Tim Floyd reportedly got into a heated exchange Wednesday night during a dinner for the schools playing in the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament in the Bahamas. Sports Illustrated reported that Enfield went up to Floyd to try to make amends over a dispute they had over recruit Isaac Hamilton, a Los Angeles player who had signed a letter of intent with Texas El Paso in 2012 but ended up at UCLA, where he is sitting out this season.
October 28, 2013 |
Ed Orgeron hovered over Southern California in a helicopter, traversing the region in search of prospects. It was a Friday night, and Orgeron was less than two weeks into his new role as USC's interim coach. Before Lane Kiffin was fired on Sept. 29, many of the top high school players in the Southland had been up in the air about playing for the Trojans. Now, Orgeron was literally circling above them as part of a mission to reboot local recruiting. Orgeron is striving to become USC's full-time head coach.
January 14, 2010 |
Lane Kiffin had just finished discussing the "magnifying glass" of operating in the Southeastern Conference, and how it had taught him the importance of "complete attention on the rules." Then came a question about one of the assistant coaches who had come with him, and whether Ed Orgeron had initiated phone calls to players who had been recruited to Tennessee. "I don't know that that's accurate. . . . I don't believe that has happened," Kiffin said Wednesday evening, just after he was introduced as USC's new head football coach.
November 28, 2013 |
Break out the chips and cold drinks, but let Chris Dufresne handle the remote. The Times' national college football writer handicaps what's worth watching, and skipping, on Friday and Saturday's menu of games: FRIDAY MORNING Sleep in. 9 a.m.: Iowa at Nebraska, Channel 7; Southern Methodist at Houston, ESPN2; East Carolina at Marshall, CBSSN. 10:30 a.m.: Bowling Green at Buffalo, ESPNU. 11:30 a.m.: Arkansas at Louisiana State, Channel 2. FRIDAY AFTERNOON Washington State (6-5)