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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 […]

Safety of football players looms large


The question seems to make its way through the media airwaves every few weeks. It’s short and to the point, often posed to those in the public eye: Would you let your child play football? “I’m a big football fan, but I have to tell you — if I had a son, I’d have to […]

Monte Kiffin to resign after bowl game


USC assistant coach Monte Kiffin will resign following the Trojans’ bowl game next month, the university announced through a statement Thursday night. Kiffin intends to “pursue opportunities” in the NFL, where he had previously spent 26 years as an assistant, including 12 seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as defensive coordinator, according to the statement. […]

Lee’s Heisman campaign takes off


Once Matt Barkley announced last December that he would be returning to USC for his senior season, he immediately became the favorite to win the Heisman Trophy. But on the first play of scrimmage during the Trojans’ season, sophomore wide receiver Marqise Lee gave a sign of what was to come, catching a screen pass, […]

Three Trojans selected as semifinalists for awards


A trio of Trojans were nominated for awards this week. Senior quarterback Matt Barkley and sophomore wide receiver Marqise Lee were named semifinalists for the 76th Maxwell Award, and senior defensive back T.J. McDonald was named one of 15 semifinalists for the 2012 Jim Thorpe Award for the nation’s top defensive back. McDonald is one of […]

Penalties might be the Trojans’ downfall


Remember how Arizona State unraveled a year ago? A promising beginning to the 2011 season, punctuated by a 43-22 victory over USC in the fourth week, quickly spiraled into mediocrity as the Sun Devils lost their final five games. You didn’t need to be a college football pundit to determine the source of their woes: […]