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Trial date set in Todd McNair's lawsuit against NCAA

Almost six years after Todd McNair sued the NCAA for defamation, the former USC assistant football coach’s lawsuit is finally moving toward trial. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Frederick Shaller scheduled the trial to start April 18, 2018, in a case-management order issued earlier this...

  • USC cornerback Adoree' Jackson makes predraft visit to Rams

    USC cornerback Adoree' Jackson makes predraft visit to Rams

    The Rams, in need of depth at cornerback, brought in USC’s Adoree’ Jackson for a visit Monday, a person with knowledge of the situation said. Jackson, 21, grew up a Rams fan in Belleville, Ill., not far from where the Rams played home games in St. Louis. The Rams do not have a first-round pick...

  • USC chooses caution over preparation in a quiet spring game

    USC chooses caution over preparation in a quiet spring game

    The most taxing portion of Sam Darnold’s Saturday came not during USC’s spring game at the Coliseum, which was not much of a game at all. USC’s starting quarterback threw six passes, handed off a few times, then stood for the rest of the afternoon on the sideline with his helmet in his hand. The...

  • The only thing missing from USC's spring game is the actual game

    The only thing missing from USC's spring game is the actual game

    Michael Pittman’s laboratory is tucked in a corner of USC’s practice field. He retreated there, usually with two team managers, for about 30 minutes after every practice this spring. A manager would load the ball into the passing machine. Clank. Pittman would pose as if he were reaching for a pass...

  • Elijah Stewart declares for NBA draft but leaves door open for return

    Elijah Stewart declares for NBA draft but leaves door open for return

    USC guard Elijah Stewart said on Tuesday that he will declare for the NBA draft, joining two other Trojans teammates who have already declared this offseason. He will not hire an agent, meaning he will retain the option to return to USC. Stewart said that a return is most likely. He is not currently...

  • USC's Jack Jones is never boring. Bored? He's working on that

    USC's Jack Jones is never boring. Bored? He's working on that

    USC’s quarterbacks came into Thursday’s scrimmage at the Coliseum with a plan. They were going to pick on the young, swaggering cornerback, Jack Jones. Jones played sparingly last season as a freshman, but by the spring he was pestering quarterback Sam Darnold like a mosquito at a picnic. He began...

  • USC forward Bennie Boatwright declares for NBA draft but does not hire agent

    USC forward Bennie Boatwright declares for NBA draft but does not hire agent

    USC forward Bennie Boatwright has declared for the NBA draft, he said on Wednesday. Boatwright said he will not hire an agent, meaning he will have the option to return to USC. Boatwright missed about half of last season because of a knee injury but quickly became USC's leading scorer upon his...

  • USC extends Andy Enfield's contract two years, through 2023

    USC extends Andy Enfield's contract two years, through 2023

    After reaching its second consecutive NCAA tournament, USC has given men’s basketball coach Andy Enfield his second consecutive contract extension. Enfield’s contract was extended another two years, through the spring of 2023, the school announced Wednesday. Terms were not disclosed. In 2013, Enfield...

  • A makeshift offensive line is stressing out USC coaches

    A makeshift offensive line is stressing out USC coaches

    USC Coach Clay Helton plunked a football down just outside the goal line. USC’s offense lined up with heels almost touching the chalk. Helton calls it the “backed-up” drill: The offense tries to punch out from its own end zone. Only on Tuesday, the defense was pushing the offense back. Quarterback...

  • USC receiver Deontay Burnett continues to bloom in spring practice

    USC receiver Deontay Burnett continues to bloom in spring practice

    After USC’s football practice ended on Saturday, Coach Clay Helton grabbed receiver Deontay Burnett and wrapped his arm around him. "I just used him as an example of what a Trojan should be,” Helton said. “Right now, he's just a shut-up-and-work guy." The departure of JuJu Smith-Schuster and Darreus...

  • USC guard Shaqquan Aaron declares for NBA draft but can still return

    USC guard Shaqquan Aaron declares for NBA draft but can still return

    USC guard Shaqquan Aaron has declared for the NBA draft, a team spokesman said Friday, but Aaron has not hired an agent, meaning he will retain the option to return to the team. Aaron, a 6-foot-7 sophomore wing, is unlikely to be drafted this year and could decide to return. He averaged 7.6 points...

  • Is a freshman already winning USC's battle for defensive tackle?

    Is a freshman already winning USC's battle for defensive tackle?

    More so than any departing USC player — more so than a lot of current players — the Trojans love to talk about Stevie Tu’ikolovatu, the 25-year-old defensive tackle transfer who became one of the defense’s best players last season. Tu’ikolovatu is mentioned several times in interviews during spring...

  • Letters: Will Steve Alford take, er, leave his Balls and go home?

    Letters: Will Steve Alford take, er, leave his Balls and go home?

    Did you hear the story of the extremely successful Los Angeles basketball coach who coached an extremely talented 6-6 point guard , the top point guard in the entire country? Who then surprisingly resigned so he could be closer to his home? Or maybe he resigned because he could not cope with the...

  • Behind USC's streakiness? A green light that never turns yellow

    Behind USC's streakiness? A green light that never turns yellow

    When USC’s coaching staff was rehashing its last-minute victory over Southern Methodist on Friday night, assistant coach Tony Bland turned to Coach Andy Enfield and started laughing. Bland was recounting the game-winning play from earlier in the day, a three-pointer from the corner by Elijah Stewart....

  • USC vs. Baylor: How the teams match up

    USC vs. Baylor: How the teams match up

    A look at how the USC Trojans and Baylor Bears match up for a second-round game in the NCAA tournament: WHO: No. 11 USC (26-9) vs. No. 3 Baylor (26-7). WHAT: NCAA East Regional second round, Sunday, 4:45 p.m. PDT. WHERE: BOK Center, Tulsa, Okla. TV: TruTV; Radio: 690. UPDATE: USC Coach Andy Enfield...

  • How do USC and Southern Methodist match up?

    How do USC and Southern Methodist match up?

    USC-SOUTHERN METHODIST MATCHUP WHO: No. 11 USC (25-9) vs. No. 6 Southern Methodist (30-4). WHAT: NCAA East Regional first round, Friday, 12:10 PDT. WHERE: BOK Center, Tulsa, Okla. TV: TruTV; Radio: 710. UPDATE: When USC defeated the Mustangs in November, “A lot of people said ‘So what? You beat...

  • USC wipes out 17-point deficit to defeat Providence, 75-71

    USC wipes out 17-point deficit to defeat Providence, 75-71

    March is a good time to make an introduction, and 30 minutes into an improbable USC comeback victory on Wednesday, 75-71 over Providence, the college basketball world met Nick Rakocevic. The best way to watch Rakocevic is to watch his teammates. Halfway through the second half of the NCAA tournament...

  • UCLA's Isaac Hamilton is on the upswing at the right time

    UCLA's Isaac Hamilton is on the upswing at the right time

    Isaac Hamilton was like four quarters that jangled back into the coin hopper after UCLA had lost nearly everything in Las Vegas. The senior managed two strong performances in what was an otherwise dreadful Pac-12 Conference tournament for the Bruins guards, which could have a carryover effect for...

  • A look at the First Four matchup between USC and Providence

    A look at the First Four matchup between USC and Providence

    USC-PROVIDENCE MATCHUP WHO: No. 11 USC (24-9) vs. No. 11 Providence (20-12). WHAT: NCAA East Regional First Four game, Wednesday, 6:10 p.m. PDT. WHERE: UD Arena, Dayton, Ohio. TV: truTV; Radio: 690. UPDATE: Coaches Andy Enfield of USC and Ed Cooley of Providence are golfing buddies. “He’s just...

  • March Madness: Pac-12 Conference tries to regain its swagger in NCAA basketball tournament

    March Madness: Pac-12 Conference tries to regain its swagger in NCAA basketball tournament

    Before Kadeem Allen arrived at Arizona, West Coast basketball wasn’t on his radar. Allen grew up in Wilmington, N.C., where Duke and North Carolina games crackled onto the radio and beamed onto his television. For junior college, Allen hauled out to Hutchinson, Kan., where on game days, traffic...

  • To defeat Providence, USC must first confront last season's collapse

    To defeat Providence, USC must first confront last season's collapse

    The USC men’s basketball team was marooned at Los Angeles International Airport on Monday afternoon after its charter flight to the NCAA tournament’s First Four was delayed four hours because of a mechanical issue. The turnaround to Wednesday’s play-in game against Providence was already tight,...

  • After following around losing teams for years, USC's 'Road Warriors' indulge in rare treat

    After following around losing teams for years, USC's 'Road Warriors' indulge in rare treat

    Sunday was a whirlwind day for the USC basketball team. The Trojans learned they had been placed in an NCAA tournament “First Four” play-in game, which meant arrangements had to be made to get to Dayton, Ohio, on short notice. Travel had to be planned, schedules pieced together, expenses forecast....

  • USC vs. Providence: How the Trojans and Friars match up in NCAA tournament

    USC vs. Providence: How the Trojans and Friars match up in NCAA tournament

    No. 11 USC vs. No. 11 Providence: A look at how the Trojans and Friars match up in a play-in game for the NCAA tournament’s East Regional: WEDNESDAY AT UNIVERSITY OF DAYTON ARENA, DAYTON, OHIO How they got here: USC won almost all the games it was expected to and lost nearly all of the games it...

  • UCLA vs. Kent State: How they match up in NCAA tournament

    UCLA vs. Kent State: How they match up in NCAA tournament

    No. 3 UCLA vs. No. 14 Kent State: A look at how the Bruins and Golden Flashes match up in the first round of the NCAA tournament’s South Regional. FRIDAY AT GOLDEN 1 CENTER, SACRAMENTO How they got here: UCLA has won 10 of its last 11 games but did not look sharp in the Pac-12 Conference tournament,...

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