NCAA turns down USC sanctions appeal

The National Collegiate Athletic Association turned down USC’s appeal to gradually reduce scholarship sanctions in a statement Friday, according to multiple media reports. USC Athletic Director Pat Haden and Vice President for Athletic Compliance Dave Roberts met with NCAA President Mark Emmert Wednesday to discuss the sanctions following the NCAA announcement that Penn State’s sanctions […]

Haden meets with NCAA, discusses football sanctions

USC Athletic Director Pat Haden and Vice President for Athletic Compliance Dave Roberts met with National Collegiate Athletic Association President Mark Emmert Wednesday following the NCAA’s announcement that it would reduce sanctions against Penn State. “After learning of the NCAA’s actions on Tuesday regarding Penn State and the lessening of the sanctions that were imposed on that institution, when […]

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 […]

University should be conscientious of football culture

The release of the Freeh Report last month capped arguably the biggest scandal in the history of American higher education. The 267-page document, the result of an independent investigation led by former FBI Director Louis Freeh, is laden with details about Pennsylvania State University senior officials’ inaction in the wake of allegations against now-convicted child […]

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 […]

Kiffin declines to comment on reports linking USC to Penn State running back

USC is pursuing Penn State running back Silas Redd, according to multiple media reports. ESPN’s Joe Schad first reported Monday night that the Trojans had notified Penn State of its interest in Redd, a 5-foot-10 junior from Norwalk, Con. Redd rushed for 1,241 yards and seven touchdowns for the Nittany Lions last season. USC coach […]

Pat Haden responds to Penn State sanctions

In a statement Monday, USC Athletic Director Pat Haden urged all fans to remember the victims affected by the child sexual abuse scandal involving former Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky, calling the ordeal “unfortunate and tragic.” Earlier, the NCAA announced penalties against Penn State, including a $60 million fine and a four-year postseason ban, as […]