USC can’t remain absent in March

Following UCLA’s 83-63 loss to Minnesota in the opening round of the NCAA tournament on Friday night, USC redshirt junior forward Ari Stewart tweeted the following: “UCLA about to be right back in L.A. with us,” he said. On the one hand, it served as an entertaining, harmless jab at the Trojans’ crosstown rival, which […]

Sunday’s melee gives USC black eye

Let’s put it this way: If you notice athletes prominently featured on Deadspin on a Sunday, they probably aren’t featured for any philanthropic reasons. It isn’t because they visited a downtown Boys & Girls Club. And it isn’t because they hosted an anti-crime campaign insisting people should “shoot baskets, not guns,” or anything like that. […]

Trojans hold off late run by Cougars

In the words of USC coach Bob Cantu, the Trojans “stayed the course.” After an offensive vacuum sucked up both teams’ productivity midway through the second half, the Trojans (10-13, 5-5 in Pac-12 play) capitalized on their opportunities down the stretch and hit a wave of late free throws to pull away for a 72-68 […]

Kevin O’Neill faces new questions

USC athletic director Pat Haden’s rationale for retaining men’s basketball coach Kevin O’Neill, despite a 6-26 record last season, has always been simple: His players go to class, graduate and keep their noses clean. For months, he has reiterated as much. “He graduates kids, and the kids don’t get into trouble,” Haden told the Los […]

Police confirm arrest of junior forward Ari Stewart for marijuana possession

USC junior forward Ari Stewart was arrested for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia last month in Maricopa County, Arizona State University Police Department spokesman Jim Hardina confirmed to the Daily Trojan Friday morning. Stewart, 21, was arrested by ASU police on Feb. 24 at 8:40 p.m. MST and released by the Maricopa County’s Sheriff’s Office the […]

Trojans hold first official practice at Galen Center

Many teams across the country celebrated the opening day of official NCAA men’s basketball practices by hosting Midnight Madness pep rallies – often consisting of little more than dunk contests and three-point shootouts. USC, however, went through a grueling practice that lasted nearly three hours. “We want to make sure that we get straight to […]