The art of capturing USC at its finest

When tailback Reggie Bush hurdled over UCLA cornerback Marcus Cassel in December 2005, he was there. When wide receiver Mike Williams reminded us of his greatness with a one-handed catch for the ages against Oregon State in 2003, he was there. And when DeMar DeRozan and Daniel Hackett helped to lead a legendary USC basketball […]

Injury provides Tupou with hidden blessing

For Tupou, that eventful day at the Coliseum gave him the opportunity most collegiate football players would happily choose to neglect — a time to look in the mirror and accept the responsibility of prior shortcomings.

Early schedule tough to swallow

Hi. My name is Dave and I love cupcakes. (This is the interactive part of the column, where you collectively and cheerfully reply “Welcome, Dave.”) OK, so there might not be such a thing as Cupcakes Anonymous, but if there were, I would be without a doubt one of its cornerstone members. One look at […]

Robey finds strength in challenges

Scandal, sanctions and uncertainty. These are the labels Thursday night’s ESPN broadcasters will use to try to convince you that No. 14 USC’s season will not go so smoothly. Although stories of controversy, instability and turmoil make for a catchy headline, an entertaining talking point during introductions or a time-filler in case the Warriors fail […]

Feverish loyalty should be rewarded

Let’s be honest; there hasn’t been a busier man in Southern California over the past month than new Athletic Director Pat Haden. For a man thrust into the responsibility of reinvigorating a program that has lost some of its prestige and luster the past year, the former Rhodes Scholar has taken the bull by the […]

L.A. Coliseum has a history all its own

On a picturesque Memorial Day afternoon in Southern California, I ventured out into the streets of Los Angeles in search of the city’s most historic landmark. In a city often defined by glitz and glamour, I don’t think you could have blamed me for choosing the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Santa Monica Pier or […]