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Hype proves all too burdensome for Baxter


Blame it on Reggie Bush. After all, you’d figure he’d be used to it by now, given the heat he’s taken for being the primary cause of USC’s NCAA sanctions. If it weren’t for Bush and his crowd-wowing play for the Trojans from 2003 to 2005, USC coach Lane Kiffin’s announcement Tuesday that sophomore running […]

Game three rewind: USC runs over Syracuse at the Coliseum


The set-up: Following two narrow escapes, USC played host to undefeated Syracuse. On the one hand, the Orange, who reportedly left the Big East to join the Atlantic Coast Conference earlier in the day, hoped to spoil a perfect three-game home stand with their impressive passing attack. On the other hand, the Trojans aimed to […]

Tyler’s play not vital for Trojans’ success


The thing about a liability on any male sports team is that you can never be too sure he’s reformed. No matter how reformed he is said to be, no matter how many people declare him a changed man, anyone watching is still thinking, “When’s his next outburst coming?” So why, then, has USC been […]

Practice notes: Sept. 13


Following victories over Minnesota and Utah in weeks one and two, USC prepares to host Syracuse, a team it hasn’t faced since 1990, at the Coliseum on Saturday. Sophomore linebacker Marquis Simmons was in street clothes and a neck brace after being injured in the Utah game. But he appeared in good spirit, as he […]

Practice Notes: Sept. 7


The Trojans practiced for the second time this week, as they prepare to open Pac-12 play Saturday against Utah. Senior tailback Marc Tyler suited up again, but was limited in the work he received. Tyler joins Dillon Baxter, D.J. Morgan and Curtis McNeal in the tailback race. USC coach Lane Kiffin expects more than two […]

Trojans go with Morgan as starter at tailback


Through fall camp, the tailback competition was so close that USC coach Lane Kiffin refused to disclose the starter prior to the team’s season opener against Minnesota. On USC’s first offensive possession, the starting tailback was wearing uniform number No. 30, even though the Trojans did not have an offensive player with that jersey on […]

Six Burning Questions: Minnesota


Can Minnesota mount a ground game against USC? When these two teams met a year ago, the Golden Gophers struggled to find a rhythm running the ball, finishing with 83 yards on 37 carries (2.2 yards per carry). Quarterback Marqueis Gray could play a big factor in establishing a running game, as the junior has […]