Matt Barkley chooses ‘one more year’ with Kiffin

Trojan football fans had to anxiously wait until Matt Barkley’s press conference at 1 p.m. on Thursday to learn that the junior quarterback would return for his senior season, forgoing the opportunity to enter the NFL draft. USC football coach Lane Kiffin discovered Barkley’s fate a day earlier, but only after enduring a painfully long […]

USC junior quarterback Matt Barkley to forgo 2012 NFL draft

Junior quarterback Matt Barkley will stay at USC for his senior season, forgoing the 2012 NFL draft. Barkley was the last of the four draft eligible juniors to announce his decision and just one day after junior safety T.J. McDonald Barkley made his announcement Thursday at Heritage Hall in front of a crowd of media […]

Defensive end Nick Perry opts for the pros

USC junior defensive end Nick Perry has declared for the 2012 NFL draft. It was announced that the 6-foot-3 defensive lineman would follow fellow junior offensive tackle Matt Kalil, opting to go pro. “We counseled Nick throughout his decision-making process and we stand behind him on this decision,” USC coach Lane Kiffin said. “He was […]

Al Davis passes away at 82

Oakland Raiders principal owner Al Davis passed away Saturday, the team announced. He was 82. Davis helped shape the NFL as we know it today, playing an integral role in the AFL-NFL merger in 1970. A versatile talent, he goes down in history as the only person to work as a personnel assistant, scout, assistant […]

Numbers can tell the story of USC football

A number is worth a thousand words. Not any old, run-of-the-mill digit, mind you: It has to be a telling number, an insightful statistic that gets to the heart of the matter. As evidenced in the new movie Moneyball, statistics are an integral part of the modern sports landscape and, when properly studied and applied, can […]

Time for Trojans to rise to the occasion

Don’t be fooled by the sanction-imposed façade hovering over the USC football season because there is still plenty at stake in 2011. Sure, a bowl ban can diminish BCS title hopes or attendance numbers — as was evident by some of the sparse crowds at the Los Angeles Coliseum last year — but no longer […]

Establishing a backup quarterback is crucial

Backup quarterbacks live by this mantra: It’s just a play away. Just as the vice president is a heartbeat away from the presidency, the No. 2 signal-callers are one snap away from going from relative obscurity to having all eyes looking at them. There are those who never get the chance, those that history relegates […]