COLUMN: Memories are tinted cardinal and gold

Diehard sports fans are irrational. There is some unquantifiable and illogical aspect of sports that makes every passionate fan value sports way more than we probably should. Admittedly, I made my decision to attend USC partially based on the fact that I needed to be at the Coliseum on Saturdays in the fall. While the […]

COLUMN: Tourney finalists a blueprint for Trojans

Another March Madness is in the books as the college basketball season wraps up Monday night with a championship matchup of perennial powerhouses: North Carolina and Gonzaga. While it is a bit disappointing that the Pac-12 isn’t represented in the final tilt, West Coast basketball will be represented with the Zags. Hopefully, Gonzaga will be […]

COLUMN: USC men’s basketball must keep growing to compete

USC’s loss on Saturday night to Oregon perfectly captures the current state of the men’s basketball program. The Trojans have climbed their way out of the conference basement cellar and are now entrenched as a respectable upper-tier — but not yet elite — team in the Pac-12. Saturday night proved this as the Trojans went […]

This year’s recruiting class is a statement

Wednesday was a monumental day for the USC football program. Any time the Trojans can finish in the top five of recruiting rankings, it is a successful National Signing Day, but this one had extra significance. First and foremost, Clay Helton has proven that he is no step down from previous coaches on the recruiting […]

COLUMN: USC men’s basketball must heat up to compete in Pac-12

The normal order has been restored for college athletics in Los Angeles. USC football and UCLA basketball are back to their respective heights. USC is once again winning Rose Bowls with the best quarterback in college football leading the charge, while UCLA basketball is picking up marquee recruits and headlining a deep Pac-12 conference. While […]

Trojans are back as a rising power

If the college football season started Oct. 1, USC would be a shoo-in for the college football playoff and redshirt freshman quarterback Sam Darnold would be the most formidable contender to Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson for the Heisman trophy. Unfortunately for the Trojan nation — and fortunately for every other team — the season starts […]

Pac-12 schedule needs to improve

After a vicious September, the Trojan football team was treated to a much friendlier October. Whether it was an easier schedule, a change at quarterback, a blitzing defense or a combination of all of these factors, the Trojans took care of business throughout this month. The Trojans’ schedule this month was definitely an advantage compared […]

Coaching can make difference in football

With the emergence of Colorado and Washington State as legitimate Pac-12 contenders, it is clear as ever how important coaching is in college football. The strength of a conference can be directly tied to the prowess of its head coaches, and right now the Pac-12 is undergoing a power shift. All it took for the […]