Zach Helfand

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Zach Helfand is a sports reporter covering UCLA basketball for the Los Angeles Times. He is a proud New Jerseyan and Michigan graduate and previously interned with The Times, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Baltimore Sun, USA Today and the Trentonian (N.J.).

Recent Articles

  • USC hopes to drop the drops against California

    USC hopes to drop the drops against California

    Tee Martin stood in a far corner of USC’s practice field this week and acted like a toddler begging for attention. This was intentional, part of a drill. Trojan receivers caught passes from a JUGS machine as Martin swatted at the players, smacked them with foam pads, grabbed their arms, nagged,...

  • How USC matches up with California in a meeting with former coordinator Justin Wilcox

    How USC matches up with California in a meeting with former coordinator Justin Wilcox

    No. 5 USC (3-0) vs. California (3-0) Saturday, 12:30 p.m., Memorial Stadium, Berkeley. TV: ABC Radio: 710 Marquee matchup Tee Martin vs. Justin Wilcox and Tim DeRuyter: Martin, USC’s offensive coordinator, had maybe his best game against Stanford two weeks ago. Saturday, when USC was six of 21...

  • Mailbag: Is the quarterback sneak dead at USC?

    Mailbag: Is the quarterback sneak dead at USC?

    Every week*, The Times’ USC beat reporter, Zach Helfand, will answer your questions. Tweet yours to @zhelfand or email them to zach.helfand@latimes.com. And after every USC game, you can leave a voice message on the USC Overtime hotline, at (213) 357-0984, for a call-in podcast posted every Sunday...

  • Don't tell Lane Kiffin, but USC is in the middle of a screen renaissance

    Don't tell Lane Kiffin, but USC is in the middle of a screen renaissance

    There were many reasons why Lane Kiffin did not last at USC, but the thing that turned the fans against him was clear. It was all those bubble screens. The screens so agonized the Coliseum crowd during a loss to Washington State in September 2013 that after every timid pass behind the line of scrimmage...

  • Justin Wilcox's turnaround at California is nothing to swear at. So what happened at USC?

    Justin Wilcox's turnaround at California is nothing to swear at. So what happened at USC?

    Justin Wilcox has become more meme than coach for a subsection of USC fans. When the Trojans defense performs poorly enough to make one want to scream profanities over and over again, that is a Justin Wilcox game. In other words, Wilcox’s last contest as USC’s defensive coordinator — a 41-22 loss...

  • UCLA and USC finalize 2017-18 basketball schedules

    UCLA and USC finalize 2017-18 basketball schedules

    The UCLA and USC basketball teams on Tuesday each released game dates and times for the upcoming basketball season, and each will have every game televised on an ESPN channel, FS1, Pac-12 Networks or CBS. The Pac-12 Conference schedule has promoted the local rivalry, which has gained new relevance...

  • Chase McGrath, USC's hero against Texas, rarely tried field goals in high school

    Chase McGrath, USC's hero against Texas, rarely tried field goals in high school

    Jana and Greg McGrath watched their son, Chase, stare at the goal posts before the biggest moment of his young football career. Jana trembled and prayed. Greg had a lump in his throat. Chase paced back to line up for the third field-goal attempt he had tried in college, from 43 yards. It was late...

  • Sam Darnold says give the Trojans just 20 seconds and they can mount a comeback

    Sam Darnold says give the Trojans just 20 seconds and they can mount a comeback

    Standing on the sideline watching Texas drive down the field, seeing the Longhorns squeeze out the clock, Sam Darnold watched the seconds tick down and hoped. It may seem that the USC quarterback can mount a late drive with any amount of time left, but he cannot, he said, standing outside the Trojans’...

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