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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 […]

Penn State reductions make USC fans cringe


Remember those birthday parties back in elementary school that you felt like you never got invited to? And there’s no reason why you weren’t invited to the party, besides the fact that the one kid just didn’t like you very much. And all your friends that did get invited came to school on Monday talking […]

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 program stays out of trouble


I’ll admit that heading into the football season, USC head coach Lane Kiffin doesn’t have a lot going for him. USC’s dive from preseason favorite to unranked with six losses last year was unprecedented, and Kiffin’s chilly public persona only fuels his detractors. If he wins fewer than nine games this upcoming year, there is […]

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 […]

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, […]

Could Marqise Lee play cornerback, too?


USC sophomore Marqise Lee is already one of the most dynamic players in college football as a wide receiver and kick returner. CBSSports.com’s weekly Heisman Trophy Straw Poll ranked Lee fourth, after all. But if it was up to the talented wideout, he’d do even more for the No. 11 Trojans. On the return flight […]

Pro recap — week 9


Miami Dolphins running back Reggie Bush (Bush had a second consecutive great week, touching the ball 16 times for 142 yards and a score in a shocking 31-3 Miami victory against the Chiefs.) Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel (20/39, 253 yards) Kansas City wide receiver Keary Colbert (one catch, five yards) Atlanta Falcons offensive […]