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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 […]

Recruiting stars don’t always align right


Recruiting is the lifeblood of every college football program. With national signing day coming up Wednesday, prepare to hear the recruiting news spewing across every sports media platform. You’ll hear which team has the best incoming class, which teams missed out, which teams did the best at what positions and so on. Your appetite for […]

NCAA Roundup


Report: Grimble might drop USC Four-star defensive end Jalen Grimble (Las Vegas), cousin of USC tight end Xavier Grimble, is reportedly reconsidering his final college destination, despite committing to USC nearly nine months ago. The Miami Herald’s Manny Navarro tweeted Monday afternoon that Grimble’s high school coach said he is leaning toward signing with Miami […]