Enfield turning cynics into believers

In the midst of all the excitement surrounding the hiring of USC men’s basketball coach Andy Enfield, I remained a bit wary. As the old saying goes, fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me. This time I wanted to remain impervious to the standard optimism associated with a new hire, […]

Talks with Tim Floyd send wrong message

On Monday, the Los Angeles Times reported that USC Athletic Director Pat Haden reached out to former USC men’s basketball head coach Tim Floyd. The two met for over three hours to discuss the Trojans’ coaching situation beyond this season. Haden declined to comment, but Floyd said everything “went well.” At this point, I’d like […]

Trojan basketball still needs more time

Frustration is natural, but give the Trojans time. We shouldn’t overreact. But, admittedly, it remains increasingly difficult not to. We’re watching the USC men’s basketball team amid its worst season in school history. The 23 losses are a program first. They have won 20 percent of their games, the lowest since the program’s inception. The […]

Volleyball lessons for men’s basketball

The USC men’s basketball team is struggling. The USC men’s volleyball team is not. Yes, the top-ranked men’s volleyball team lost its first game of what was a perfect season over the weekend, a five-set heartbreaker to Pepperdine. But the mild setback didn’t shake the college volleyball world. The Trojans are still the No. 1 […]

After the ‘Thrill’ is gone from the pages

When I first took this column two and a half years ago, I envisioned saying goodbye in a three-part series. The first would be a detailed look at the birth of the column. Part two would be a retelling of its life. Part three would be an in-depth look at its title, “Thrilla on Manilla […]

Floyd moving on by returning to his roots

Ask around and it’s not hard to see that Tim Floyd doesn’t have the greatest of reputations on the USC campus. Sure, the former men’s basketball coach — who was hired March 29 to take the helm at the University of Texas at El Paso — compiled a very respectable 85-50 record in his four […]