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For first time in a long time, USC is in NCAA tournament conversation

The words escaped Andy Enfield's mouth last week, almost by accident. The USC coach was trying to explain how his team was approaching its game against UCLA, when something else slipped out. "Of course our NCAA tournament chances —" he stopped himself. "We don't want to even talk about that yet...

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  • Former USC standout Ryan Kalil anchors Carolina line for Cam Newton

    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,...

  • USC could go 'outside the family' for Pat Haden's successor as athletic director

    USC could go 'outside the family' for Pat Haden's successor as athletic director

    It was a dark time for USC athletics. The football and men's basketball teams were facing some of the harshest sanctions in NCAA history, the athletic director was gone and university administrators needed someone to stabilize the situation. So the school did what it has almost always done, turning...

  • Pat Haden will step down as USC athletic director on June 30

    Pat Haden will step down as USC athletic director on June 30

    Pat Haden, the athletic director who steered USC through NCAA sanctions but was plagued by turmoil in recent months, will retire in June. The former USC quarterback’s five-plus years leading the department were marked by improved facilities and fundraising, but also tumult on and off the field....

  • Pat Haden's biography: Highlights from the soon-to-retire USC athletic director's career

    Pat Haden's biography: Highlights from the soon-to-retire USC athletic director's career

    Pat Haden biography Age: 63. USC's athletic director since August 2010. Faculty appointment in USC's Marshall School of Business and the Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism. Was partner and managing director of Riordan, Lewis & Haden, a private equity firm, 1987-2010. Was an attorney...

  • USC makes it another runaway with 80-61 victory over UCLA

    USC makes it another runaway with 80-61 victory over UCLA

    This, apparently, was what Andy Enfield meant. Three years ago, after he was hired as USC's basketball coach, Enfield declared, "If you want to play slow, go to UCLA." UCLA drubbed USC in the teams' next five meetings. Enfield's early bombast evaporated quickly. The speed, though, has arrived....

  • Clay Helton and USC close signing day with a flourish to bring in highly regarded class

    Clay Helton and USC close signing day with a flourish to bring in highly regarded class

    USC found itself in a two-strike hole going into national signing day Wednesday, but managed a big hit. Coming off a season in which Steve Sarkisian was fired as coach five games into the season and Clay Helton was named permanent coach before a two-game skid to end an 8-6 year, plus a staff in...

  • UCLA's strong recruiting class gets stronger on signing day

    UCLA's strong recruiting class gets stronger on signing day

    Sitting in class with his phone off much of Wednesday, Breland Brandt didn't know the excitement he was missing. The UCLA freshman, a 6-foot-5, 230-pound tight end from Los Angeles Windward High who is already enrolled in college in anticipation of participating in spring practice, soon found out...

  • Alabama wins again on national signing day

    Alabama wins again on national signing day

    Per usual, national signing day had its share of theatrics. And by the end, also per usual, some of college football's most talent-rich programs got that much richer. While Deontay Anderson, a safety from Manvel, Texas, earned top honors for theatrics by starring in a video in which he skydived...

  • USC football signing class

    USC football signing class

    USC's football signing class Spring early enrollees Oluwole Betiku; DL; 6-3; 250; Lagos, Nigeria; Gardena Serra HS Matt Fink; QB; 6-3; 180; Rancho Cucamonga; Glendora HS Josh Imatorbhebhe; WR; 6-2; 210; Suwanee, Ga.; North Gwinnett HS Liam Jimmons; DL; 6-5; 265; Huntington Beach; Huntington Beach...

  • Michigan Coach Jim Harbaugh scores some big recruiting victories in Southern California

    Michigan Coach Jim Harbaugh scores some big recruiting victories in Southern California

    Jim Harbaugh must be a pretty good recruiter considering how many top players he convinced Wednesday to leave sunny California for sometimes snowy Michigan on letter of intent day. Among the Southern California contingent joining the Wolverines are defensive back David Long from Los Angeles Loyola...

  • UCLA and USC players and coaches are keeping a low profile about Thursday's basketball matchup

    UCLA and USC players and coaches are keeping a low profile about Thursday's basketball matchup

    Listen to players and coaches from UCLA and USC and you wouldn't think Thursday night's Pac-12 Conference basketball rivalry game at the Galen Center was special at all. Words have been chosen carefully. The sides have been cordial, if bland. "Just another game on the Pac-12 schedule," USC Coach...

  • Seven players in USC's 2016 recruiting class have already enrolled

    Seven players in USC's 2016 recruiting class have already enrolled

    USC finished with a top-rated recruiting class in 2015. This year, the Trojans' history of fast closes aside, it seems like a longshot that the program will finish in the top 10. On the eve of signing day, when recruits make their commitments official, USC has commitments from 13 players, including...

  • 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...

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