Crosstown rivalry thrives in the spotlight

With one week remaining in the regular season, the participants for the 2013 Pac-12 championship game have been determined — and neither the Bruins nor the Trojans made the cut. Stanford and Arizona State will do battle with a berth to the 100th Rose Bowl Game. Unlike last season, this year’s rendition of the Battle […]

Kessler’s Christianity brings calming sense

For USC redshirt sophomore quarterback Cody Kessler, the bright lights of Saturday night begin with Sunday mornings. It’s because before football, before USC, Cody Kessler and his parents would go to church every week in Bakersfield, Calif. In the world of media, Christianity often only appears in extremes, usually “fundamentalists” who constitute the religious right […]

Orgeron has USC living in the now

It started around 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, roughly two hours before kickoff. USC coaches, players and players’ family members gathered around midfield at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum for a pregame prayer and pep talk, led by interim head coach Ed Orgeron. The purpose, players said, was to emphasize the overarching theme that will drive […]