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Questions abound for USC this spring


The countdown began as soon as USC departed El Paso, Texas, on New Year’s Eve. The countdown continued in earnest as head coach Lane Kiffin announced a perhaps less-than-desirable recruiting class on national signing day. But the countdown to the 2013 season now takes a backseat. Cue spring practice. Battered and bruised after a 7-6 […]

Playing on senior day a privilege, not a right


As an outgoing senior, I’m often overcome by nostalgia these days. In the next two months, I will experience a bevy of “lasts” at USC — my last bike ride down Trousdale Parkway in the wholly unnecessary bike lanes, my last chicken-chipotle panini at Popovich Cafe and my last signature on a Monday 9 a.m. […]

Kiffin ignoring biggest problem


Spring practice is right around the corner. Matt Barkley, Robert Woods, Khaled Holmes and Nickell Robey are making the rounds at the NFL Combine. This should be a period of positive thoughts and new beginnings for Trojans both past and present.   Instead, the focus of USC football continues to be on a recurring topic […]

Amid doubts, Barkley shows fire at combine


Simply put, Sept. 15, 2012 was a rough day for a journalist intent on covering a potential national title run for USC. Weaving my way through the horde of fans mobbing the 50-yard line of Stanford Stadium after USC’s then-shocking 21-14 upset loss to Stanford, I forged ahead down a tunnel in disbelief to a […]

Barkley is cautionary tale at NFL combine


If you told me a year ago that Matt Barkley wasn’t going to throw at the NFL Scouting Combine, I wouldn’t have batted an eye. Former top picks Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III also decided against showing off their arms at the league’s annual scouting bonanza, and it has been a popular choice among […]

Three recruits could make or break class


This Wednesday marks the most scrutinized date during college football’s offseason: national signing day. Forty-year-old men will log onto Twitter, troll, then “unfollow” high school recruits who elect to sign with their alma mater’s rivals. Coaches will hole up in their offices all day, waiting for the signed letters of intent to filter through their […]

Firing of O’Neill is bad news for Kiffin


On Monday morning, I was woken up by the sound of my phone vibrating. Still groggy, I picked it up and was immediately snapped out of my daze: men’s basketball coach Kevin O’Neill had been fired. My initial thought was how strange the timing seemed: After all, the team had just won a game, something […]