January 17, 2002
USC football faithful are hoping Coach Pete Carroll's string of successful blue-chip signings, begun with commitments from linemen Winston Justice and Manuel Wright of Long Beach Poly, will continue. The Trojans still have their sights on running backs Lorenzo Booker of Ventura St. Bonaventure and Poly's Hershel Dennis, lineman Fred Matua of Wilmington Banning and Poly defensive back Darnell Bing.
May 28, 2004 |
A string of off-season legal incidents involving current and former USC football players continued last weekend when walk-on quarterback Michael McDonald was arrested in Newport Beach on suspicion of driving under the influence. McDonald, the 19-year-old son of former USC quarterback Paul McDonald, redshirted last season as a freshman.
February 7, 2005 |
USC offensive coordinator Norm Chow and offensive line coach Tim Davis are expected to decide in the next few days whether they will move to the NFL or return as the Trojans pursue a third consecutive national title. Chow interviewed for the Tennessee Titans' offensive coordinator's job on Friday in Nashville.
December 20, 2005 |
USC tailback Reggie Bush was chosen the Associated Press player of the year Monday, adding to his list of awards, which includes the Heisman Trophy. As with the voting for the Heisman, Bush won the AP award easily. He received 59 votes from a panel of 65 media members. Texas quarterback Vince Young received five votes, and Georgia quarterback D.J. Shockley got the other.
October 22, 2005 |
USC won't celebrate homecoming until next week, but today's game against Washington will serve as a homecoming for Trojan fullback David Kirtman. Kirtman, a fifth-year senior, is from Gig Harbor, Wash. He starred at Mercer Island High and said about 30 family members and friends would be at Husky Stadium when the top-ranked Trojans resume Pacific 10 Conference play. "I'm looking forward to this, it's going to be a good time with a lot of people there watching me," Kirtman said.
September 24, 2005 |
Bring on the noise. USC players say they welcome the chance to play today at Oregon's Autzen Stadium, which will be sold out for the 39th consecutive game and is regarded as one of the loudest venues in college sports. "I heard that it's loud and the fans are almost right on top of you," junior running back Reggie Bush said. "I'm ready for it. I'm ready to get there and play in their loud stadium and possibly shut them up early."
November 13, 2002 |
Lenny Vandermade, USC's starting left guard, will miss the rest of the season because of a torn tendon in his right biceps, it was announced Tuesday. Vandermade, a redshirt junior who has started 29 of 33 games, was injured on Saturday during the eighth-ranked Trojans' 49-17 victory over Stanford. He will undergo surgery Thursday.
October 23, 2002 |
USC spent a good part of practice Tuesday going over kickoff return coverage -- and with good reason. The No. 15-ranked Trojans play No. 14 Oregon at Eugene, Ore., on Saturday and they do not want a repeat of last year's performance at Autzen Stadium. USC surrendered 228 yards on six kickoff returns, resulting in superior field position for the Ducks throughout the game. Oregon won, 24-22, on a 32-yard field goal by Jared Siegel with 12 seconds left.
January 7, 2006 |
USC could be going into spring football practice with only two tailbacks. Junior Reggie Bush is thought to be headed to the NFL to become one of the league's top draft picks, and junior LenDale White also may leave school to launch his professional career. Now, Chauncey Washington, a talented back who might have filled their void, has been declared academically ineligible for spring practice, Coach Pete Carroll said Friday. Washington also was ineligible the past two seasons.
September 5, 2006 |
Auditions to possibly replace safety Josh Pinkard will begin today when USC returns to practice, but that is only one position where young players will get extended looks because of Saturday's open date. USC does not play again until Sept. 16, when the Trojans play host to Nebraska. As he did in 2002, 2004 and 2005, Coach Pete Carroll will use practices preceding a second-week open date to evaluate young players and rest banged-up veterans.