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Onus falls on us to protect USC spirit


When the year began, I was warned that, despite any attempt to put a positive spin on a controversial situation, one truth would remain: The Trojans’ athletic program is fatally flawed. People near and far continued to tell me this year would be the first of a long, dark period for USC athletics. Nine months […]

Is Sunday football in the Pac-12’s future?


Sunday football is as American as apple pie, reality TV and outdoor music festivals all put together. For football fans, it’s a weekly holiday that makes hugging bartenders and high-fiving strangers acceptable — even if only for a few hours. But an NFL lockout would put the kibosh on more than just bar lines and […]

Coliseum can learn from Dodgers’ ordeal


One stadium’s misfortune could be another stadium’s opportunity. With less than five months until the Trojans take the field against Minnesota on Sept. 3 for their 2011 home opener, the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum commission and USC have a chance to create their own silver lining in the aftermath of the altercation outside of Dodger […]

USC’s nonconference schedule the right call


In every level of athletic competition, there is one core tenet coaches use when looking toward the future: To be the best, you have to beat the best. The USC men’s basketball team turned a corner in that regard with wins over non-conference foes like Texas and Tennessee in 2010, though the challenge of taking […]

A month of madness to call our very own


It took an impromptu conversation at an airport bar for me to discover what makes every March so magical for college students across the country when the NCAA tournament rolls around. This weekend’s Florida-UCLA game was by no means compelling, jump-off-your-couch television, but its lead changes, hard-nosed defensive plays and tempo shifts had me entertained […]

USC basketball and I are now on the rocks


There comes a time in every relationship when the obvious question arises: Can I see this lasting? I recently had to face this daunting question and make an inquiry into the depths of my sports-loving soul. My relationship, however, has nothing to do with another human being, but rather the USC men’s basketball team. How […]

Introducing the USC Walk of Fame’s class


This last weekend, Lakers’ superstar and five-time world champion guard Kobe Bryant became the first athlete to have his legacy cemented alongside the greatest performers in the history of American entertainment at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. Bryant’s latest honor, coupled with the noticeable karmic effect the event had on his MVP performance at the […]

Glenn, Trojans look to tap in to potential


USC sophomore outfielder Alex Glenn knows all too well what it’s like to fly under the radar. After all, during the first two years of his high school career at Henry County High School, Glenn patrolled the outfield with Jason Heyward, the No. 14 pick of the 2007 MLB draft and the current right fielder […]

A Valentine’s Day love ballad for the ignorant


As Valentine’s Day approaches, I thought I would get an early start on my day-long celebration of commercialism and over-the-top flattery. This year, though, times were tough, so instead of going to the grocery store and spending my dimes on a glittery Hallmark card, I decided there was no better way to honor those who […]

Intent of comments ignored by fans, media


We live in an age in which people are easily offended. The most recent case of this modern day form of the blame game came from the visiting locker room of the McKale Memorial Center on Saturday night. After an embarrassing 82-73 loss to the Arizona Wildcats, USC’s star junior forward Nikola Vucevic was rather […]