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Trojans find small chances on pro day


Even with all of the fans lining the barrier of Cromwell Field on Wednesday, USC’s annual pro day was a somewhat subdued spectacle. Maybe it was Texas’ concurrent pro day drawing away scouts. Maybe it was the fact that Pete Carroll didn’t make a return to Los Angeles — instead he was in Austin, Texas, […]

Pro day always a real sight to be seen


The following is an excerpt of a 1922 ad published in the New York Times about USC’s pro day: “ … is promised to be the biggest collection of spangles, gilt, glitter, sawdust, lemonade as pink as the blush of a maid, aerialists, freaks, clowns, trained wild animals, zoological types, elephants, gymnasts, wire walkers, bee-you-ti-ful […]

Confidence is behind Johnson’s success


There are a lot of things wrong with the world. A lot of things. The list is just about endless. The country of Haiti is in dire straits after a devastating earthquake. The American economy is stuck in a prolonged rough patch. Unimaginable suffering continues in countries like Burma and Sudan. But, at the risk […]

Seniors get a chance to shine one last time


Somewhere in the world, a 6-foot-4, 300-pound man is probably smiling. At the same time, dozens of people much smaller are smiling as well. The cause for joy is the same, but the reasoning is completely different. Why? Tomorrow is the Senior Bowl, the Super Bowl of scouting (until the NFL Combine next month). The […]

Mays’ shift to NFL a difficult proposition


Congratulations on a stellar four-year career with USC, Taylor Mays. Now go ahead and play the opposite of your trademark style. That’s essentially the message that the Trojans’ star safety has been receiving this week as he practices for Saturday’s Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala. Even though it’s difficult to glean too much from an […]