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College athletes deserve a fair share


In some ways, senior quarterback Matt Barkley gets a raw deal. It’s not just the astronomical expectations he shoulders with aplomb -— expectations so high that many question why his completion percentage wasn’t higher in last week’s game against Hawai’i in which he threw for 372 yards and four touchdowns — or the reality that, […]

Pro recap: Week 7


The following former Trojans registered action in the NFL on Sunday:   • New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez (18/33 passing, 173 yards, three touchdowns and an interception in a 27-27 home win over the San Diego Chargers) • NYJ running back Joe McKnight (three carries, 11 yards; three kickoffs, 79 yards; one punt return, seven yards) […]

Trojans in the pros: week two


Week two of the NFL saw blowouts and tight games alike. While there weren’t any standout performances, it was a solid week for  several former Trojans. Minnesota Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen had two tackles and a sack on Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman in a 24-21 loss. New Orleans Saints offensive tackle Charles […]

Cheating pervasive in college athletics


When I heard Oregon had paid scout Will Lyles $25,000 for recruiting services, I wasn’t even surprised. Whether within the rules or not, the Oregon situation is a stark reminder that the mechanism of college recruiting is corrupt at multiple levels.

If I were Pat Haden, if I were USC’s AD


Earlier this week, a buddy of mine alerted me to the fact that seven of the eight Pac-10 softball teams are in the preseason top 25. My first reaction was not one of admiration, but of disappointment that there are eight softball teams in the Pac-10. Then, I realized that if USC did have a […]