Kiffin declines to comment on reports linking USC to Penn State running back

USC is pursuing Penn State running back Silas Redd, according to multiple media reports. ESPN’s Joe Schad first reported Monday night that the Trojans had notified Penn State of its interest in Redd, a 5-foot-10 junior from Norwalk, Con. Redd rushed for 1,241 yards and seven touchdowns for the Nittany Lions last season. USC coach […]

Junior day means more than you think

The phrase “junior day” isn’t likely to ring a bell in most people’s minds, regardless of their allegiance to the game of college football. That’s because, to the uninformed eye, the event seems to be little beyond a bunch of eager high schoolers checking out a university campus. But it’s much more than that. On […]

Kiffin finds his stride in second year at USC

You could first see it in the press room following USC’s 31-17 win over Notre Dame in October. It was there again on the field after the Trojans’ 38-35 upset of Oregon in Eugene.  It was as wide as ever when USC led UCLA by 50 late in the fourth quarter on Saturday: it being […]

Young talent can combat sanctions

It’s easy to get caught thinking that last Saturday’s 50-0 trouncing of UCLA marked the end of USC’s probationary period. With the win, the team ended a two-year period of bowl ineligibility — a sizable weight off the Trojans’ shoulders. USC can now play for a national championship and be ranked in the BCS, something […]

After two full seasons, Barkley has seen it all

So much has happened since Matt Barkley first stepped onto USC’s campus years ago, when he was just an 18-year-old with a million-dollar smile and championship promise in tow. First came the losses of 2009 — four in a season for the first time since 2001 — as a team in flux tried to live […]

Onus falls on us to protect USC spirit

When the year began, I was warned that, despite any attempt to put a positive spin on a controversial situation, one truth would remain: The Trojans’ athletic program is fatally flawed. People near and far continued to tell me this year would be the first of a long, dark period for USC athletics. Nine months […]

Future still bleak for USC football program

I woke up yesterday to an email from USC football announcing Tuesday’s “Trojan Day” at L.A. Live. USC coach Lane Kiffin, his father Monte and Ed Orgeron will be there signing autographs. Season tickets will be available for purchase. But the most promising part of the email was written in all capitals at the top: […]

NCAA Digest

Times announced for USC Spring football practice USC football spring practice times have been set for 7:25 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and 10:30 a.m. Saturdays, according to the athletic department. Historically, practice times have typically been mid-to-late afternoon, around 4:00 p.m. Spring practice begins March 22 and continues through the annual spring game at the […]