Trojans display resolve in Utah win

In the era of NCAA sanctions, the trajectory of the USC football program can always be identified by how they play in the game before Halloween. Around the season’s three-quarters mark, the team’s lack of depth due to scholarship losses becomes increasingly evident. In former head coach Lane Kiffin’s first year, USC played undefeated and […]

NCAA turns down USC sanctions appeal

The National Collegiate Athletic Association turned down USC’s appeal to gradually reduce scholarship sanctions in a statement Friday, according to multiple media reports. USC Athletic Director Pat Haden and Vice President for Athletic Compliance Dave Roberts met with NCAA President Mark Emmert Wednesday to discuss the sanctions following the NCAA announcement that Penn State’s sanctions […]

USC in no hurry to change coaches

We hear so often about money in college sports. Head coaches bolt for other schools for more money. Schools build new training facilities and expand 60,000-seat stadiums to eventually earn more money. Conferences expand to add new members to increase the geographic footprint they point out, to annex television markets and, yes, to haul in […]

Barkley’s career leaves behind mixed legacy

There are, in life, things that’ll always seem incomplete: a piece of art you can’t quite seem to add the finishing touch to or a home-cooked dish missing that spice giving it the extra kick. These circumstances puzzle us. We’re left scrambling to understand what is, in fact, missing. Why didn’t it turn out the […]

Bruin football gathers steam

Think about it for a moment. In all sincerity, do you, at present, feel comfortable with the state of USC’s football program? Are you confident its trajectory points upward? Do its best days, in fact, lie ahead? Are you absolutely confident in a head coach that flirts with the ethical line for the sake of […]

Is Lane Kiffin beyond a point of maturation?

To everyone — the pundit, the avid fan, the man who sells you bacon-wrapped hot dogs on Exposition Boulevard — Lane Kiffin represents a number of things. To some, he’s a perpetual brat. To others, he’s a Trojan prince, leading USC back from NCAA sanctions. Truth, in turn, becomes muddied, and it’s understandably challenging to […]

Offensive line issues date back to Carroll

Amid the third season since former USC coach Pete Carroll left the Trojans in the lurch, it’s clear the current Seattle Seahawks coach has left an impression on USC in 2012. USC still benefits from Carroll’s cultivation of the brazen, rock-star culture recruits find so attractive, and the Kiffin regime often echoes Carroll’s “Always Compete” […]

‘Arrogant’ message has run its course

I almost wrote this column two years ago. I wanted to respond to the launch of the Lost Angeles blog, the brainchild of 29-year-old Zack Jerome. The blog went on to spawn an on-campus “Arrogant Nation” movement, which I wanted to point out perpetuated the outdated stereotype that USC was stocked with bigheaded rich kids. Then the […]