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Former USC standout Ryan Kalil anchors Carolina line for Cam Newton

He is the center for the center of attention at the Super Bowl. Ryan Kalil of the Carolina Panthers is responsible for getting the ball into quarterback Cam Newton's hands, and one of five offensive linemen responsible for keeping the NFL's probable most valuable player out of harm's way. Kalil,...

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  • Some top high school football players undecided with signing day at hand

    Some top high school football players undecided with signing day at hand

    If college football recruiting was compared to a horse race, USC might typically be illustrated by Traveler busting loose from the middle of the pack and flying past the field down the stretch. The Trojans have annually been fast closers on national signing day, even when NCAA sanctions limited...

  • USC mailbag: Getting ready for signing day

    USC mailbag: Getting ready for signing day

    USC will sign its 2016 recruiting class on Wednesday -- and it will either lend fans a few surprises or perhaps result in disappointment. With 13 committed players, the class ranks 24th in the country, according to Scout and there are seven scholarships still available. Last year, USC finished...

  • USC hosts several recruits on final weekend of official visits

    USC hosts several recruits on final weekend of official visits

    USC hosted several recruits for a final weekend of official visits before signing day Wednesday. The Trojans have 13 players committed, seven of whom have enrolled in spring courses, and seven scholarships available. Tight end Devin Asiasi and defensive lineman Boss Tagaloa headlined the group....

  • USC basketball remains poised in defeating Washington, 98-88

    USC basketball remains poised in defeating Washington, 98-88

    USC wanted triple digits. Thirteen seconds remained in Saturday's game against Washington at Galen Center, and the outcome had already been decided. The Trojans could have run out the clock. They didn't. Instead, they pushed the ball, and guard Katin Reinhardt found himself with a shot with three...

  • USC uses its earlier collapse as incentive for Washington game Saturday

    USC uses its earlier collapse as incentive for Washington game Saturday

    The game was USC's. Earlier this month, it led Washington by 22 points. The Trojans looked hungry. The Huskies looked lifeless. Then USC guard Julian Jacobs turned an ankle, and the Trojans fell apart. Washington enjoyed a huge comeback win. The Trojans and Huskies meet again on Saturday at the...

  • Up next for USC men's basketball: Saturday vs. Washington

    Up next for USC men's basketball: Saturday vs. Washington

    USC vs. WASHINGTON When: Noon. Where: Galen Center. On the air: TV: Pac-12 Networks; Radio: 710. Update: A chance at first place in the Pac-12 Conference could be at stake. Washington (14-6 overall, 6-2 in Pac-12 play) leads USC by a game and is tied with Oregon for the top spot in the league....

  • Back home, USC resumes winning ways with 81-71 win over Washington State

    Back home, USC resumes winning ways with 81-71 win over Washington State

    USC couldn't get a stop for most of the first half Thursday night and couldn't buy a basket for most of the second.But the Trojans ended up with a double-digit victory anyway, defeating Washington State, 81-71, to improve to 12-0 in the Galen Center.Seven USC players scored at least eight points...

  • Wisconsin hires former USC defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox

    Wisconsin hires former USC defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox

    Former USC defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox has been named the defensive coordinator at Wisconsin, Badgers Coach Paul Chryst announced Thursday. “During my many conversations with numerous football people that I trusted, one name kept surfacing, Justin Wilcox," Chryst said in a statement released...

  • Three USC recruits are scheduled to announce decisions on ESPN signing day special

    Three USC recruits are scheduled to announce decisions on ESPN signing day special

    USC won’t be featured during ESPNU’s football signing day coverage on Wednesday. The network has not scheduled to send a reporter to campus. However, three Trojans recruits are scheduled to announce their decisions on where they will attend college during the broadcast special. Defensive lineman...

  • UCLA to face Washington schools while at crossroads of Pac-12 season

    UCLA to face Washington schools while at crossroads of Pac-12 season

    Steve Alford, the men's basketball coach at UCLA, had just finished his weekly news conference when he popped back toward a group of reporters. "Hey," he said, excitement rising. "You guys want to talk to Jonah?" Jonah Bolden, the forward from Australia, was walking by. "It's Australia National...

  • USC tries to replicate earlier success against Washington State

    USC tries to replicate earlier success against Washington State

    NEXT UP USC VS. WASHINGTON STATE When: Thursday, 7:30 p.m. PST. Where: Galen Center. On the air: TV: Pac-12 Networks. Radio: 830. Update: USC (15-5 overall, 4-3 in the Pac-12 Conference) opened league play with a 90-77 victory at Washington State (9-10, 1-6) on Jan. 1. Despite consecutive losses...

  • USC goes into final week of 2016 recruiting with several scholarships available

    USC goes into final week of 2016 recruiting with several scholarships available

    Uncertainty looms around USC’s 2016 recruiting class with a week until signing day on Feb. 3. But this much we know. Five of USC’s 25 allotted scholarships for the 2016 class were awarded to blue-shirt recruits Clayton Johnston, Deontay Burnett, Chris Tilbey, Daniel Imatorbhebhe and Taylor McNamara...

  • Former USC assistant Chris Wilson drops Missouri for a job with the Philadelphia Eagles

    Former USC assistant Chris Wilson drops Missouri for a job with the Philadelphia Eagles

    Barely more than a month after accepting a position to coach the defensive line at Missouri, former USC assistant Chris Wilson again is on the move. Philadelphia Coach Doug Pederson told reporters Wednesday at the Senior Bowl that he hired Wilson to coach the Eagles defensive line. Wilson, along...

  • Tee Martin feels right at home at Senior Bowl workouts

    Tee Martin feels right at home at Senior Bowl workouts

    Tee Martin is home. USC’s offensive coordinator, a Mobile, Ala., native, on Wednesday was at Ladd-Peebles Stadium for Senior Bowl practices. Martin played quarterback at nearby Williamson High — “literally behind the parking lot,” he said — and played at the stadium before moving on to Tennessee,...

  • Kenechi Udeze hired as USC defensive line coach

    Kenechi Udeze hired as USC defensive line coach

    Former USC All-America defensive end Kenechi Udeze has been hired to coach the Trojans’ defensive line, Coach Clay Helton announced Tuesday. Udeze, a former first-round NFL draft pick, had been an assistant strength coach at USC for the last two seasons, but he coached the defensive line in the...

  • USC's pursuit of 2016 recruit Jonathan Kongbo III continues

    USC's pursuit of 2016 recruit Jonathan Kongbo III continues

    USC wants to sign defensive end Jonathan Kongbo III in the 2016 recruiting class. The 6-foot-6, 265-pound Kongbo is a top-rated prospect from Arizona Western College, and by the looks of his USC-infused Twitter account, he is seriously considering the Trojans. See the most-read stories in Sports...

  • USC Now mailbag: All about recruiting

    USC Now mailbag: All about recruiting

    USC won what many fans would consider an off-season national championship last year when former coach Steve Sarkisian signed a top-rated recruiting class. Nine days remain until players can sign a letter of intent in the 2016 class and there are still seven unclaimed scholarships. Buckle up. This...

  • Special teams prowess sent USC's Soma Vainuku on road to the Senior Bowl

    Special teams prowess sent USC's Soma Vainuku on road to the Senior Bowl

    The crumpled facemask served as a coach's memento, a reminder of a play that set Soma Vainuku on a path to the Senior Bowl. In USC's 2012 opener against Hawaii, the Trojans scored a touchdown on their first snap and then kicked off, setting the stage for a raw redshirt freshman fullback to make...

  • Antwaun Woods, Greg Townsend Jr. get a chance to impress scouts

    Antwaun Woods, Greg Townsend Jr. get a chance to impress scouts

    After participating in Saturday’s NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, former USC defensive linemen Antwaun Woods and Greg Townsend Jr. are looking forward to the next step in the pre-draft process. The workouts with former NFL coaches such as Mike Holmgren and Mike Martz provided draft-eligible players the...

  • No. 21 USC stumbles again in 85-70 loss at Oregon State

    No. 21 USC stumbles again in 85-70 loss at Oregon State

    Not far from USC's locker room, an Oregon State assistant huddled with a few spectators after Sunday's game. He spoke as if the Beavers had avoided a buzz saw. "They're scary," he said, multiple times. "They're really good." A few steps down the same hallway, "they," the 21st-ranked Trojans, gathered...

  • Up next for USC: Sunday at Oregon State

    Up next for USC: Sunday at Oregon State

    USC AT OREGON STATE When: Sunday, noon. Where: Gill Coliseum, Corvallis, Ore. On the air: TV: Pac-12 Networks; Radio: 710. Update: No. 21 USC's first stint as a ranked team since 2008 could be a short one. The Trojans (15-4, 4-2) lost at Oregon on Thursday and now travel to play Oregon State (11-6,...

  • Short-handed USC drops third in a row, 57-47 to Stanford

    Short-handed USC drops third in a row, 57-47 to Stanford

    Karlie Samuelson scored 14 points and the 12th-ranked Cardinal beat USC, 57-47, on Friday night at the Galen Center for their eighth straight road win over the Trojans. Erika McCall had 14 points and 11 rebounds, Lili Thompson added 11 points and Kaylee Johnson had 13 rebounds for the Cardinal...

  • USC says win over UCLA and time off weren't to blame for loss to Oregon

    USC says win over UCLA and time off weren't to blame for loss to Oregon

    USC was minutes removed from one of its biggest victories of the season last week, and Coach Andy Enfield was stuck holding a door. By chance, Enfield had walked into a postgame interview room at the same time media members were filing in, a short time after USC's 14-point win against UCLA at Pauley...

  • No. 21 Trojans are upended by Oregon but they remain upbeat

    No. 21 Trojans are upended by Oregon but they remain upbeat

    USC receives a message after each Pac-12 Conference game this season. It is a sign of how far the Trojans have come. The coaches provide an update on the Pac-12 standings. This time last year, that could not have been less relevant. Thursday's report, though, was not positive. Oregon sprinted past...

  • Up next for USC: Thursday at Oregon

    Up next for USC: Thursday at Oregon

    USC VS. OREGON When: 6 p.m. Where: Matthew Knight Arena, Eugene, Ore. On the air: TV: Pac-12 Networks; Radio: 710. Update: USC (15-3, 4-1 in Pac-12 Conference) is off to its best start since the 1991-92 season and is ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 for the first time since 2008. And the Trojans...

  • Helene Elliott: Patience paying off for Trojans under Andy Enfield

    Helene Elliott: Patience paying off for Trojans under Andy Enfield

    Somehow, USC junior guard Julian Jacobs kept his faith in the Trojans' future through two occasionally turbulent seasons and two Pac-12 Conference last-place finishes. After each loss — there were 21 in 2013-14, the team's first under Coach Andy Enfield, and 20 last season — Jacobs would remind...

  • Tommie Robinson returns to USC staff as running backs coach

    Tommie Robinson returns to USC staff as running backs coach

    USC’s coaching staff continues to take on a 2013 feel. Tommie Robinson, the Trojans’ running backs coach in 2013, is returning to the staff as running backs coach and run-game coordinator, Coach Clay Helton announced Tuesday. Robinson, 52, coached running backs at Texas the last two seasons. “We...

  • UCLA's basketball team is looking to put a stop to some porous play on defense

    UCLA's basketball team is looking to put a stop to some porous play on defense

    UCLA's basketball team knows it has a problem. The Bruins' low points in an up-and-down season correspond to their failings on defense. "We go a couple possessions in a row, or even a couple games in a row, where we play pretty decent defense," guard Bryce Alford said. "And then all of a sudden,...

  • Lakers forward Julius Randle works to get a handle on his shooting problems

    Lakers forward Julius Randle works to get a handle on his shooting problems

    Julius Randle stayed late after practice. He took shot after shot after shot. The Lakers power forward put up 14-footers from the left side, 18-footers from the right. More than anybody, he knows his touch is lacking. Lakers consultant James Worthy was there, helping out. The team's shooting coach,...

  • After seasons of ineptitude, USC men's basketball is finally back in top 25

    After seasons of ineptitude, USC men's basketball is finally back in top 25

    Katin Reinhardt knew his first seasons at USC would be rough. Most everyone did, Reinhardt recalled recently at practice. Just maybe not this rough. "I mean what did we win, three Pac-12 games last year?" Reinhardt said. For the pollsters and fans who have recently taken notice of the high-octane...

  • USC basketball team is ranked for the first time since 2008

    USC basketball team is ranked for the first time since 2008

    For the first time since 2008, USC is a ranked basketball team. In the Associated Press poll released Monday, the Trojans were ranked No. 21. The last time they cracked the top 25, on Nov. 17, 2008, their roster included future NBA players DeMar DeRozan, Taj Gibson and Nikola Vucevic USC was on...

  • USC women drop second in a row; UCLA gets a split in Washington

    USC women drop second in a row; UCLA gets a split in Washington

    Kelsey Plum scored 21 of her 32 points in the second half, Chantel Osahor had a double-double and Washington dominated the second half in a 67-57 win over No. 25 USC on Sunday in Seattle. Osahor had 14 points and 11 rebounds for the Huskies (14-4, 5-2 Pac-12), who were 7 of 11 behind the arc, and...

  • No. 17 UCLA, No. 25 USC lose games in Washington

    No. 17 UCLA, No. 25 USC lose games in Washington

    Kelsey Plum had 23 points, Talia Walton added 22 and Washington topped No. 17 UCLA, 64-56, on Friday Night in Seattle. Washington (13-4, 4-2 Pac-12) took the lead for good with an 11-2 run that ended at 55-48 with 6:32 left. The Bruins (11-5, 3-2) stayed close until missing all seven field-goal...

  • Rams' return to the Coliseum will be extra special for Jeff Fisher

    Rams' return to the Coliseum will be extra special for Jeff Fisher

    As he emerged from the Coliseum tunnel, the panorama of the hallowed turf unfurled before him. It was 1967, and 9-year-old Jeff Fisher was attending his first professional football game, the hometown Rams playing the Philadelphia Eagles. Years later, he enjoyed another moment, striding down the...

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