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Moving ahead along with Barkley, Trojans


It’s far too fitting that I’m writing my last column for the Daily Trojan on the first day of the 2013 NFL draft. As I watch Matt Barkley, Robert Woods, T.J. McDonald and others hear their names called over the next few days, I can’t help but remember all the times I interviewed them on […]

Kiffin gambles with moving Tuerk to center


For all of his detractors who grumble about his predictable, cautious play-calling, no one can accuse USC head coach Lane Kiffin of not thinking outside the box in other ways. Of course, a great deal of that thinking has been controversial and not exactly aboveboard. News broke just last week that NCAA will institute, for […]

Football team needs a new group of leaders


It’s been more than two weeks since USC finished its disastrous 2012 season. But the news just keeps getting worse. On Wednesday, ESPN Los Angeles reported that sources told them a fight took place after the Trojans lost to Georgia Tech 21-7 in the Sun Bowl on Dec. 31. An anonymous player said the scene […]

NFL draft looms for pair of star Trojans


To me, awaiting word on whether USC will play in the Holiday Bowl or Sun Bowl carries about as much intrigue as the Chevron car races we’re forced to watch at every football and basketball game. Frankly, I don’t care, although it is entertaining to watch people go bonkers when the fire truck wins. I’ll […]

Trojan fans undersold severity of USC’s issues


I’m sorry, really. We at the Daily Trojan — the editors, the writers, the columnists — along with seemingly every other media outlet and the rest of the country bought into USC’s hype this season. We got sucked up into everything, the whirlwind of the offseason, with the free agent-like addition of running back Silas […]

Quiet offseason bodes well for USC


On Nov. 26, UCLA’s trendy all-white uniforms trudged off the Coliseum field — stained beyond recognition with dirt and embarrassment — and an endless stream of USC players lined up to conduct the Trojan Marching Band. At that moment, most USC fans wished the 2012 season could start the following Saturday. Instead, USC fandom entered […]

Roster moves making headlines this spring


The USC football team has only two weeks remaining in spring practice. The Trojans are primed to take on any opponent even though they are months away from kickoff. Many questions, however, still surround USC’s roster. Spring practice has not been the easiest transition for the USC football program. Injuries, transfers and multi-sport athletes have […]

NFL pro days don’t tell the entire story


Wednesday afternoon, dozens of NFL scouts were on campus to watch former Trojans work out in an effort to raise their positions in April’s draft. It’s really the last chance for these athletes to make an impression on the scouts and millions of dollars are at stake. However, I don’t buy it. Though it’s important […]