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USC can’t remain absent in March


Following UCLA’s 83-63 loss to Minnesota in the opening round of the NCAA tournament on Friday night, USC redshirt junior forward Ari Stewart tweeted the following: “UCLA about to be right back in L.A. with us,” he said. On the one hand, it served as an entertaining, harmless jab at the Trojans’ crosstown rival, which […]

Sunday’s melee gives USC black eye


Let’s put it this way: If you notice athletes prominently featured on Deadspin on a Sunday, they probably aren’t featured for any philanthropic reasons. It isn’t because they visited a downtown Boys & Girls Club. And it isn’t because they hosted an anti-crime campaign insisting people should “shoot baskets, not guns,” or anything like that. […]

In Fontan, Trojans have true leader


Before Saturday’s game against Arizona State, USC’s men’s basketball team will honor its five seniors before their final home game of their Trojan careers. Five names will be called, but the day will really belong to one player in particular. Senior point guard Jio Fontan knows plenty about the highs and lows of Division I […]

Basketball team has room for progress


In the minutes prior to tipoff between the USC men’s basketball team and UCLA on Sunday afternoon, the Galen Center video board flashed a montage of highlights from the Trojans’ upset win over the Bruins on Jan. 30. It showed flashy dunks and some last-minute free throws, preserving the victory in the minds of fans. […]

Firing of Cruz a step too far by Haden, USC


I  never thought I’d see a coach get fired for making his players practice too much. Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013 is a day I will never forget. It was the day that USC baseball coach Frank Cruz had his “contract terminated” for reportedly violating the NCAA’s Countable Athletically Related Activities. For the record, according to […]

Men’s basketball also has promising recruits


Buried beneath the hoopla that is college football’s national signing day is a surprising statistic about another upcoming recruiting class at USC. The men’s basketball team currently has the No. 34 group of prospects in the country, according to ESPN. Yes, the team that just fired its coach, sits at 9-13 overall (good for ninth […]