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USC fails to produce NFL field generals


I was having my coffee this morning when I saw a really rude Facebook status update. A friend of mine, a die-hard Philadelphia Eagles fan, was relieved that wide receiver Desean Jackson was talking to Chip Kelly and looking to stay with the Eagles. “Especially,” he wrote, “after hearing that we’re gonna sign Mark ‘Butt Fumble’ […]

Struggles of Kiffin era build loyalty


My first memory of USC football isn’t very inspiring; it’s of former Kansas State standout Terrence Newman streaking down the sideline to score on a blocked point after touchdown attempt from USC kicker David Davis. USC ultimately lost that game 27-20, and I’ll never forget my dad, a diehard fan, lamenting the loss as typical […]

Writing as Mom’s eyes, ears


Mom didn’t react well to the adriamycin, or the cytoxan. This was Jan. 4, 2005, a Tuesday. My dad was carrying my mother as they slammed through the front door of our Burbank home. She was having difficulty even standing alone, and so he walked her through the house and onto the bed. This Tuesday […]

Barkley’s career leaves behind mixed legacy


There are, in life, things that’ll always seem incomplete: a piece of art you can’t quite seem to add the finishing touch to or a home-cooked dish missing that spice giving it the extra kick. These circumstances puzzle us. We’re left scrambling to understand what is, in fact, missing. Why didn’t it turn out the […]

Barkley named Davey O’Brien finalist


After his record setting six-touchdown performance against Colorado on Saturday, senior Matt Barkley was one of two Pac-12 quarterbacks named as semifinalists for the Davey O’Brien Award. The Davey O’Brien Award is given annually to the best quarterback in the nation. Barkley is joined by his Pac-12 rival, freshman Marcus Mariota of Oregon. Barkley, in […]

Barkley stands out for more than just records


As senior quarterback Matt Barkley ran into the locker room after a 50-6 rout against Colorado, he was all smiles. And why wouldn’t he be? He had the game of his life and set records that should stand for years. Barkley threw his 100th career touchdown pass, making him the school’s all time leader, and […]

No. 2 USC ekes out a 42-29 victory over the Orange


After Saturday’s 69-minute weather delay, the Trojans exploded for 28 points in the second half. Behind a career-best six touchdown passes, senior quarterback Matt Barkley led the Trojans to a 42-29 win over Syracuse at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.

Matt Barkley among 34 named to O’Brien watch list


USC senior quarterback Matt Barkley was named to the Davey O’Brien Award preseason watch list, the Davey O’Brien Award Foundation announced Wednesday. The award is given annually to the nation’s best quarterback. Thirty-four players were named to the list, including two others from the Pac-12: Washington’s Keith Price and Washington State’s Jeff Tuel. Last season, […]