Swann needs to continue progress

USC Athletics reminds me of a heavy-duty locomotive. Something can attempt to stop it with all of its might, but 99 times out of 100, that locomotive is going to continue to steamroll in its desired direction with little to no damage done to it. Almost six years ago, the NCAA tried to become that […]

USC’s best teams are still under the radar

Water polo is a sport I had never watched until last August. Lacrosse is something I had never seen in person until March. These two teams are currently dominating the nation. USC’s women’s water polo and women’s lacrosse team are a combined 35-0 this year. Despite their success, these sports are flying under the radar. […]

Man United has better days ahead

Josh Cohen

Manchester United has floundered this season. While the English soccer giant has shown flashes of brilliance, the team has lacked the identity and intimidation factor it possessed in past years. Man United is currently sitting at fifth in the Premier League, 17 points back from leader Leicester City. While Leicester and Tottenham have grabbed headlines […]

Spring game is preview of fall season

Another spring session is in the books for the Trojan football team, and now the wait begins for fall practice and the opener against the Alabama Crimson Tide. Spring practice is great for showcasing potentially new dynamic players as well as offering a glimpse of what the season ahead brings. This year, Clay Helton’s first […]

Swann’s hire is more of the same for USC

Eric He

When Pat Haden announced in February that he would be stepping down as USC athletic director in June, University President C. L. Max Nikias wrote in a letter to the Trojan Family that the search for Haden’s replacement would be “national in scope.” For all we know, it might have been. Nikias, with the help […]

Kobe was bigger than just basketball

From time to time, I close my eyes and imagine the 8-year-old kid who used to run up and down a shadow-filled court under the stars with a basket barely lit up by the radiant moon and a flickering light. He stood with the ball in a triple-threat position at the top of the 3-point […]

Lax has what it takes to win it all

I figured it wouldn’t happen a second time in a row. Two years ago, during another very strong season in 2014, the women’s lacrosse team improved its national reputation as a formidable team, continuing to grow as one of the up-and-coming programs. But the Women of Troy hadn’t broken away as the clear force to be […]

Spieth’s collapse may spark his career

With the continuous shakeup of the leaderboard at the Masters, one player remained the constant. As the plot continued to thicken, Jordan Spieth remained atop the field. The seemingly unflappable 22-year-old was cruising to his second green jacket in as many years. Then, it happened. Spieth’s inexplicable implosion in the middle of Amen Corner on […]

Gender shouldn’t factor in AD hunt

Last week, the Daily Trojan Editorial Board published an article titled, “Next Trojan athletic director should be female,” offering the basic premise that USC needs to hire a women as athletic director to show that gender equity within collegiate athletics is a priority. I was shocked that this argument was made. USC doesn’t need to […]

Baseball’s old school rules are too old

Eric He

It is Opening Week for Major League Baseball, and with it comes all the pageantry of America’s pastime: the loud crack of the bat, the sliding catches, the peanuts and cracker jacks and the “unwritten rules” that lead to the dumbest controversies in all of sports. If you haven’t heard of these “unwritten rules,” it’s […]