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USC has reason to be hopeful next year

With just two practices and the spring game left before USC football hits pause until fall camp, there’s a new hype surrounding the team. It’s not the pressure and hype of 2012, nor is it the skepticism of 2013. It’s a feeling that, partly due to consistent dominance and partly due to constantly inflated expectations, […]


Defensive linemen adjusting to system

Steve Sarkisian’s hiring last December meant the reinvigoration of the up-tempo, partially no-huddle offense in Troy. It also meant that for some of the largest guys on the football field at USC, life was about to get a lot more tiring. Opposing defenses will need to adjust to a faster pace from the Trojans next […]


Trojan basketball lacks drive to succeed

It makes sense that on the rainiest weekend in my nearly three years at USC, the mood of the USC men’s basketball team could be described as dour. After a Thursday night loss to Oregon State, the Trojans vowed to go out Saturday afternoon and win the final home game of five seniors’ college careers. […]


Trojan basketball can’t find support

The atmosphere at the Galen Center had all the reason to be rocking. The Trojans were playing crosstown rival UCLA, tipoff was 7:30 p.m. on a Saturday night, in-house DJ Mal-Ski was spinning some half-decent tunes and even USC hardwood great Nick “Swaggy P” Young was courtside with his son. Yet as the Trojans built […]


Departing Trojans made the right call

From the end of USC’s season on Dec. 21 up until the Jan. 15 declaration deadline, we watched the Trojans’ draft-eligible juniors trickle into the pool for the 2014 NFL Draft. First it was safety Dion Bailey, then center Marcus Martin, followed by defensive end George Uko, wide receiver Marqise Lee and tight end Xavier […]