Rivalry game needs a Valentine’s Day boost


The first thing I noticed when USC released its men’s basketball schedule was that odd date for the Trojans to host UCLA. Hey, isn’t that Valentine’s Day? The scheduling didn’t make sense at first, but now I think I get it. This is a rivalry game that needs to be shown some love. Based on […]

Sills’ recruitment a sign of the times


Less than a week ago, most people were praising Lane Kiffin’s recruiting tactics after, according to Rivals.com, he signed the No. 1 recruiting class in the nation. That praise may have been a bit premature. It was reported Thursday that the new USC football coach spoke to 13-year-old star quarterback David Sills, a seventh-grade student […]

Vucevic, O’Neill a perfect fit for USC


Someone asked Nikola Vucevic after USC’s 66-63 win over California on Thursday if he enjoyed being put on the spot near the end of the game, when he knocked down four free throws in a span of 10 seconds to secure a crucial victory for the Trojans. The sophomore didn’t hesitate. “When I made them, […]

Neuheisel displays fortitude crosstown


Three weeks ago, UCLA football coach Rick Neuheisel stood in front of a packed crowd at Pauley Pavilion during halftime and delivered a rousing speech about the return of Bruin football. “We are not going to rest until we bring back the Pac-10 championship, the Rose Bowl championship and the national championship back to UCLA!” […]

Trojans finish signing day with a flourish


Lane Kiffin entered the Varsity Lounge of Heritage Hall on Wednesday bleary-eyed and with a blank expression. Clearly, this was a man who was running on little sleep. But after a tiring homestretch to national signing day, Kiffin can take solace in the famous line from Glengarry Glen Ross — “coffee is for closers.” The […]

A day of false hope and broken promises


It’s finally here. It’s the day when chiseled, egotistical high school seniors all over the country honor the 51st anniversary of Buddy Holly’s tragic death by taking a few lines out of Don McLean’s “American Pie.” And I knew if I had my chance / That I could make those people dance / And maybe […]

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 […]