November 22, 2009 |
Everyone agrees on this much: Forty years ago today, USC receiver Sam Dickerson was somewhere inside the Coliseum when he was involved in two key plays that changed the course of a season -- and maybe more. Exactly where he was is still the topic of debate. Some joke that Dickerson's only shot at catching one late-in-the-game, fourth-down pass would have been if he were standing on Mt. Whitney. And that follow-up touchdown grab, the one that is still cursed around Westwood?
November 22, 2010 |
This is the week the " Notre Dame Killer" comes to life. Anthony Davis, on a late fall Saturday 38 years ago, led USC to a rout over the Fighting Irish with six touchdowns. Two years later, after the Irish took a 24-0 lead late in the first half, he ran for four more touchdowns in what became known as "The Comeback. " Davis is 58 now, but his achievements are never far from his thoughts. "Obviously, I'm someone of interest . . . I'm a name," says Davis, who now works as a part-time security guard and lives in his mother's Sylmar apartment.
November 23, 2011 |
So much for tradition. USC Coach Lane Kiffin and Athletic Director Pat Haden said Wednesday that they were surprised to learn that UCLA plans to wear an alternate uniform design when the teams play Saturday at the Coliseum. On Tuesday, UCLA Athletic Director Dan Guerrero announced on his blog that UCLA would "be unveiling a uniform that we have been working on with the Adidas design team for several months. " The Bruins are expected to wear all-white uniforms and white helmets.
November 22, 2013 |
Did Coach O get himself a head coaching job (Saturday) night? Vince Muzik Not unless I missed a big story in my morning paper, but I do think USC interim Coach Ed Orgeron is moving closer to the point of no return. This is the "careful what you wish for" aspect of firing Lane Kiffin in the middle of the season. What if the interim coach, who isn't really the best long-term choice, goes on a hot streak that includes beating No. 5 Stanford? Well, then you may have a problem.
November 5, 2013 |
The money would have been nice. Nate Guertler won't lie. After four years of paying for the privilege of playing football at USC, an actual scholarship would have made things easier. Teammates wouldn't have to sneak him food from the athletic dining hall. He wouldn't have to stay up late after practice figuring out how to pay overdue rent. He wouldn't have to summon all the courage in his aching body to call family and friends to borrow $5,000 in overdue tuition, as he did recently.
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.
October 8, 2013 |
USC is in the process of adding veteran defensive line coach Pete Jenkins to its staff, interim Coach Ed Orgeron said Tuesday. Jenkins, 72, coached at Louisiana State and numerous other college programs in the South before joining the Philadelphia Eagles' staff in 2006. Jenkins retired after the 2009 season. USC has only three defensive coaches. Orgeron oversees the defensive line, Mike Ekeler linebackers and defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast also coaches defensive backs.
October 9, 2013 |
USC chemistry professor Arieh Warshel can thank curiosity and weak computers for the Nobel prize in chemistry he won Wednesday. To figure out the blazingly fast chemical ballet performed by the body's proteins, Warshel had to form questions that could easily be handled by the limited power of computers developed in the 1970s. He kept his method simple even as computers - and his field of computational chemistry - evolved. At 2 a.m. Wednesday, it paid off with a long-distance call from Stockholm and a voice telling him he would share science's top honor with Michael Levitt of Stanford and Martin Karplus of Harvard.
October 19, 2013 |
Down to its second-string quarterback for much of the second half, Notre Dame's defense rose to the occasion and shut out USC in the second half for a 14-10 victory over the Trojans on Saturday night in South Bend, Ind. Notre Dame snapped a five-game losing streak against USC at Notre Dame Stadium and improved to 5-2 overall this season. The Fighting Irish have won three of their last four games against the Trojans, who fell to 4-3. USC had its chances. The Trojans had four consecutive possessions in the second half that started at their own 48 as well as Notre Dame's 33, 47 and 34. Still they came up empty.