Oropesa turning into a full fleged star


Somewhere in the middle of Ricky Oropesa’s freshman season at USC, it became clear he was going to be a star. Now, halfway through his sophomore year, it’s apparent he’s going to be even better. Maybe even one of the best to ever play here. Gaining that status will be a tall order, given the […]

Going to 96 would weaken the field


If you thought your bracket looked bad this year, just wait until next year. Yes, it will be hard to beat the chaos of only one No. 1 seed making the Final Four and having a school that most people couldn’t locate on a map almost win the entire tournament. But if the tournament expands […]

Kiffin brings different feeling to USC practice


After just four practices, there is no question Lane Kiffin is running things a bit differently than Pete Carroll. Practices, while still up-tempo, are more intense. Players touch every line in sprints. If someone is out of line or makes an unforgivable mistake, that player runs a lap, regardless if it’s Matt Barkley or a […]

What Joe couldn’t do, maybe Dillon can


The comparison began the minute running back Joe McKnight committed to play football for USC rather than homestate Louisiana State University in 2007. He was going to be the next Reggie Bush. Bush, who declared for the NFL draft in 2006, left a legacy at USC after winning the Heisman Trophy in 2005 and cementing […]

Kreuter’s team must start to win sometime


Have you ever been really unlucky for a long period of time? How about for almost four years? And every time you were about to get on a positive run of some sort — every single time you started wondering if you were about to break your cold streak and snap out of it — […]

Floyd moving on by returning to his roots


Ask around and it’s not hard to see that Tim Floyd doesn’t have the greatest of reputations on the USC campus. Sure, the former men’s basketball coach — who was hired March 29 to take the helm at the University of Texas at El Paso — compiled a very respectable 85-50 record in his four […]

Trojans find small chances on pro day


Even with all of the fans lining the barrier of Cromwell Field on Wednesday, USC’s annual pro day was a somewhat subdued spectacle. Maybe it was Texas’ concurrent pro day drawing away scouts. Maybe it was the fact that Pete Carroll didn’t make a return to Los Angeles — instead he was in Austin, Texas, […]

Pro day always a real sight to be seen


The following is an excerpt of a 1922 ad published in the New York Times about USC’s pro day: “ … is promised to be the biggest collection of spangles, gilt, glitter, sawdust, lemonade as pink as the blush of a maid, aerialists, freaks, clowns, trained wild animals, zoological types, elephants, gymnasts, wire walkers, bee-you-ti-ful […]

USC could have been a force to reckon with


With very little doubt in my mind, I can strongly say that this is the best March Madness that I’ve ever watched. I doubt you know a single person who picked a Final Four of Butler, Michigan State, West Virginia and Duke. And I doubt you’ve seen very many NCAA tournament games that can match […]