Women’s basketball program on the rise

Unlike USC’s men’s basketball team, which earned its first conference win at home on Wednesday night against Cal, the Women of Troy have been rolling in Pac-12 conference play. With a 6-1 conference record contributing to a 13-6 overall mark, the Women of Troy currently stand one spot away from first-place Stanford, who ranks No. […]

Baseball program needs to improve

A little less than a year ago, I wrote a feature piece examining the plight of private schools — USC specifically — in college baseball. That plight is this: an NCAA Division I baseball team is allotted 11.7 scholarships to allocate amongst 27 players. If divided equally, that’s a little less than half of a scholarship […]

Collegiate tennis is worth the watch

USC always has been, and always will be, one of the most respected athletic programs in the country. A large part of this perception has to do with the football team, of course, but what oftentimes fails to go acknowledged is the variety of spring sports where the Trojans are usually perennial contenders for an […]

USC exits football coaching carousel

During college football’s offseason, nearly every school participates in the “coaching carousel” to reshuffle their respective staffs. Some teams only make a few adjustments. Others undergo widespread changes, which often occur after the arrival of a new head honcho on campus. USC certainly falls under the latter category. Even by the most dramatic of standards, […]

USC has reason to remain optimistic

USC football is entering into a state of flux for the second straight offseason — to give you an idea of what exactly that means, look no further than San Jose Mercury News sports writer Jon Wilner. Last week, Wilner released his projection for the preseason top 25 ranking, which had the Trojans as the […]

Orgeron should rethink departure

On Monday, USC head coach Steve Sarkisian’s newly-completed coaching staff was dealt a curveball when defensive line coach Bo Davis, who accepted the position at USC on Jan. 7, informed Sarkisian that he would be leaving to take the same position at Alabama. This news came less than 24 hours before Sarkisian and the rest […]

Sarkisian was best option available

One can only imagine the range of extreme emotions that coursed through the John McKay Center on Monday as the news of Steve Sarkisian’s hiring and Ed Orgeron’s subsequent resignation developed throughout the day. After Orgeron addressed the team for a final time that afternoon, you didn’t even have to be in there to see […]

Swiftness of Sarkisian hire unfair to Coach O

Monday was certainly a crazy day in Troy. It was a spectacle unlike any other as we witnessed the intersection of business and emotion. Throw in the volatile nature of social media, and this explosive concoction of variables proved to be great theater and fodder for lots of chatter. To fully understand the somewhat puzzling […]

Sarkisian has what it takes to thrive at USC

In January 2010, then-Athletic Director Mike Garrett offered the job of head football coach to a former USC assistant after the departure of Pete Carroll. Steve Sarkisian, who a little over one year earlier had been named the head coach at Washington, declined the offer, insisting that he felt uneasy about leaving Seattle after just […]

Crosstown rivalry thrives in the spotlight

With one week remaining in the regular season, the participants for the 2013 Pac-12 championship game have been determined — and neither the Bruins nor the Trojans made the cut. Stanford and Arizona State will do battle with a berth to the 100th Rose Bowl Game. Unlike last season, this year’s rendition of the Battle […]