Student manager was out of place

Stan Holt cost the USC men’s basketball team Saturday’s game against the Oregon Ducks. Holt didn’t score a single point, grab one rebound or dish out an assist. He didn’t turn the ball over or miss an assignment on defense. In fact, Holt didn’t play a single minute. But while he was sitting on USC’s […]

Confidence is behind Johnson’s success

There are a lot of things wrong with the world. A lot of things. The list is just about endless. The country of Haiti is in dire straits after a devastating earthquake. The American economy is stuck in a prolonged rough patch. Unimaginable suffering continues in countries like Burma and Sudan. But, at the risk […]

Seniors get a chance to shine one last time

Somewhere in the world, a 6-foot-4, 300-pound man is probably smiling. At the same time, dozens of people much smaller are smiling as well. The cause for joy is the same, but the reasoning is completely different. Why? Tomorrow is the Senior Bowl, the Super Bowl of scouting (until the NFL Combine next month). The […]

Mays’ shift to NFL a difficult proposition

Congratulations on a stellar four-year career with USC, Taylor Mays. Now go ahead and play the opposite of your trademark style. That’s essentially the message that the Trojans’ star safety has been receiving this week as he practices for Saturday’s Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala. Even though it’s difficult to glean too much from an […]

Johnson’s return to the field remarkable

The day that nobody thought would come is upon us. Well, almost nobody. “The day I had a doubt would have been the day I failed as a person,”  former USC running back Stafon Johnson told the Press-Register in Mobile, Ala. last week. “I knew I’d be back.” For the first time since carrying a […]

A weekend of promise for the Trojan faithful

Trojans fans had a lot to be excited about Saturday. The USC women’s basketball team pulled off its fourth straight comeback win, defeating Washington State 61-51 on the road. The victory gave the Women of Troy their best start in Pac-10 play (6-1) since the 2004-05 season. Also, the No. 1 USC men’s tennis team […]

The evolution of an alley-oop dunk

Now that was a little bit ridiculous. With six minutes left in Saturday’s game against Washington, USC had a comfortable lead and total control of the game. The score was 69-48, a few fans were starting to pile out of the Galen Center and an impressive win was seemingly on the way for USC. Then […]

Cooper shows fire in torrid remarks

Well, that’s one way to put it. After the USC women’s basketball team beat UCLA 70-63 on Sunday, coach Michael Cooper opened the postgame news conference by saying, “My opening statement is, f— UCLA.” Cooper went on to say many more words after that, but — not surprisingly — none seemed to have the same […]

Cougars’ Thompson: the one that got away

Seldom are there opportunities for do-overs in sports. But I would bet that USC wishes it had another chance to recruit Klay Thompson. Thompson now stars as a guard for Washington State, an off-the-map destination for what might be one of the Pac-10’s best players. The sweet-shooting sophomore has emerged as one of the country’s […]

Power shift goes unnoticed in rivalry

It sounds like a mad lib. The upstart (adjective) USC men’s basketball team (typically inferior proper noun) walloped the miserable (depressing adjective) UCLA men’s basketball team (proper noun synonymous with Goliath) Saturday at Pauley Pavilion (above noun’s preferred location) by 21 (ridiculously large number) points. Except this isn’t a mad lib. This is real. Yet, […]