Trojans lost without a true pitching ace


Over the weekend, California swept the Trojans baseball team at Dedeaux Field for the first time in school history. USC’s record dropped to 15-17 on the season, including a dismal 2-7 in Pac-10 play. To make matters worse, USC coach Chad Kreuter reached a milestone no coach wants to encounter in his fifth season on […]

Only time will reveal Baxter’s ability


It sort of just happened. True freshman early enrollee Dillon Baxter had a great day during Saturday’s scrimmage on Howard Jones Field, and things flowed from there. First, let’s clarify a bit. Baxter, a running back, had a really great day — so great, he broke a remarkable 50-yard touchdown run and led all backs […]

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, […]