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USC falls short against rival Notre Dame in South Bend


The Trojans rallied from an early deficit to reclaim the lead in the third quarter but ultimately fell up short to No. 14-ranked Notre Dame, 41-31, on Saturday night. Interim head coach Clay Helton drops to 0-1 at the helm since taking over for Steve Sarkisian earlier this week. “I told the team with every fiber […]

Trojans will thrive in playoff system


It’s no secret that brand names drive TV ratings in sports. The NFL, the NBA and college football are all the same in this regard: Big names sell tickets and draw attention. As legendary as Boise State’s victory over Oklahoma was in the 2007 Fiesta Bowl, it was also one of the lowest-rated games of […]

Trojans come up short against rival Bruins


Heading into the 83rd meeting between crosstown rivals USC and UCLA, the focus of the game was mainly on the Trojans and interim head coach Ed Orgeron, with many viewing the game as Orgeron’s opportunity to firmly announce himself as the frontrunner to take over as USC’s permanent head coach after the season’s end. By […]

Loss to Cougars different than most


Nineteen. That’s how many USC home football games I had attended in my three years as a student here before Saturday. Six of those were losses. Some of them were bad losses. Some were frustrating beyond belief. Some were maddening beyond description. I’ve seen the Coliseum crowd shocked after wide receiver Ronald Johnson let a […]

Te’o case a cautionary tale for college athletes


It’s been quite the whirlwind in the world of social media this past week, especially in the collegiate ranks. Last Wednesday, Deadspin reported that Notre Dame’s star linebacker Manti Te’o had been involved in a massive hoax that took place over the phone and in the Twittersphere. Te’o became the face of college football in […]

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 […]

USC in no hurry to change coaches


We hear so often about money in college sports. Head coaches bolt for other schools for more money. Schools build new training facilities and expand 60,000-seat stadiums to eventually earn more money. Conferences expand to add new members to increase the geographic footprint they point out, to annex television markets and, yes, to haul in […]