December 23, 2013 |
Dion Bailey hinted at it for weeks. On Monday, the USC safety made it official. Bailey announced that he would forgo his final season of eligibility and make himself available for the NFL draft. "With me graduating and having my degree already, and being healthy and coming off a really good season, I feel it's best for me to enter the draft now," he said during a news conference at the university's John McKay Center. BOWL TIMELINE: Matchups, schedule and picks Bailey, a fourth-year junior, intercepted five passes this season, 11 in his career.
December 8, 2013 |
By Diane Pucin Here is what people have been expecting from the USC basketball team as coached by Andy Enfield, whose Florida Gulf Coast squad last season was nicknamed "Dunk City. " With about seven minutes left Sunday in the Trojans' game against Boston College, point guard Pe'Shon Howard found freshman Julian Jacobs, who slammed the ball home from about a foot above the basket. Five Trojans scored in double figures as USC (6-3) won, 78-62, at the Galen Center, its second victory in a row. The Trojans were led by Jacobs, who had 16 points and eight rebounds.
November 20, 2013 |
Ed Orgeron is building a resume to convince USC Athletic Director Pat Haden that, once the season ends, he should drop the interim tag and make Orgeron the fulltime head coach. Along with support from fans, players and influential alums, Orgeron also could offer something else to make his case: A coach-of-the-year award. The Maxwell Football Club announced Wednesday that Orgeron was one of 16 semifinalists for its annual award, which will be announced Dec. 17. The semifinalist list includes Alabama's Nick Saban and Ohio State's Urban Meyer.
December 17, 2013 |
The Las Vegas Bowl could be Dion Bailey's final game for USC. The junior safety has said that he will not decide until after Saturday's game against Fresno State whether to make himself available for the NFL draft or return for his senior season. But on Tuesday, Bailey sounded as if he were leaning toward leaving. Asked whether he knew when he would make his decision, Bailey said, “I'll announce after the bowl game. I don't want to announce before and be a distraction and all that.” Last year, immediately after the Trojans' Sun Bowl loss against Georgia Tech, junior receiver Robert Woods announced he would not return.
November 30, 2013 |
In a USC season filled with highs and lows, off-the-field drama and on-the-field intrigue, Saturday's rivalry game against UCLA offered more evidence that the Trojans have found their tailback of the future, and his name is Javorius “Buck” Allen. Running behind a banged-up and depleted offensive line, Allen tried to keep the Trojans' offense in the game. He rushed for 123 yards on 20 carries and scored on an 11-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. But his success didn't take enough defensive pressure off quarterback Cody Kessler, and the Trojans were beaten by the Bruins, 35-14, at the Coliseum.
November 14, 2013 |
As a theater major at USC, Cyrus Hobbi is accustomed to studying dramas. But the burly Trojans offensive lineman never anticipated that he would be at the center of one on the football field and in social media. Or that reliving onstage his wrenching experience last season against Stanford would help him move past it. Last December, in a small theater on campus, Hobbi delivered a 15-minute solo performance before an audience of about 100. Writing and performing the play for a class was a catharsis for the third-year sophomore from Arizona.
September 10, 2012 |
BEIJING — Somewhere around the sixth or seventh photograph, Joshua Smith struggled to keep that big smile on his face. It was still early in the UCLA basketball team's recent swing through China, a stretch of three exhibitions in seven days, and the Bruins had already grown accustomed to drawing attention. At the Great Wall and the Forbidden City, on the streets and in shopping malls, people crowded around. A large group that had been celebrating some or other occasion with bottles of beer approached Smith during lunch at a popular restaurant.
January 24, 2011 |
In a news release sent out by USC last week, reserve guard Bryce Jones said he left the Trojans' basketball program because he wasn't getting enough playing time. But it appears the situation was far more complicated than that. People close to and within the USC program said the freshman from Woodland Hills Taft High, the top-ranked player in Coach Kevin O'Neill's 2010 recruiting class, quickly wore out his welcome with his actions on and off the court. In October, Jones allegedly struck fellow freshman Garrett Jackson in the team locker room, fracturing his nose, teammates who witnessed the incident said.
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February 15, 2014 |
James White hesitated before deciding to run for USC student body president, knowing he'd be a long shot because of his background. Because he's black? "No, not that," White said, adding that race isn't the biggest deal in campus presidential elections. "It's other forms of diversity that aren't appreciated. " FOR THE RECORD: An earlier version of this article said that USC student government presidential candidates have been exclusively male since 2005. That is the case since 2006.
November 28, 2013 |
The former UCLA football player glistened with tough, his blade prosthetic a shiny blur as he sprinted into the Rose Bowl. This popular offensive lineman who lost his leg in a motorcycle accident 16 months ago brought the blue-clad crowd to its feet Saturday night as he led UCLA out of the locker room for the second half against Arizona State, thousands cheering the epitome of a gutty little Bruin. If only they had seen what happened next. If only they had seen their powerful Bruins symbol jog off into the deep embrace of the popular volleyball player who has been quietly carrying him through this nightmare.