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USC Rant from Someone Who Knows His Subject

October 23rd, 2017 · No Comments · College football, Sports Journalism, USC

Scott Wolf has been covering USC athletics seemingly forever. He writes for the L.A. Daily News/Los Angeles News Group, and in an era where nearly everyone else lost their jobs, Wolf kept his. Mostly because he generally breaks all significant news coming out of his alma mater’s athletic department. Readers, and editors, have picked up […]

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Darnold, USC Lose Their Grip

September 29th, 2017 · No Comments · College football, USC

Elite college football programs are allowed one pratfall in the national-championship chase. USC’s Trojans just took theirs. Heisman Trophy candidates can maybe — maybe —  get away with one stinker and still aspire to pick up that famous trophy in New York. USC quarterback Sam Darnold just had his forgettable game. It was already Saturday […]

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March Madness and a Dog in the Hunt

March 16th, 2017 · No Comments · Abu Dhabi, Basketball, France, UAE, UCLA, USC

After leaving the U.S. for Abu Dhabi, in 2009, my interest in college basketball waned. As I noted in blog posts from recent years, while living in the UAE, it requires work to follow the college game from the other side of the world. Too many teams, too many games, too big a time gap […]

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USC at Alabama, Rams at Houston: The College/NFL Doubleheader

January 6th, 2017 · No Comments · College football, Football, NFL, Rams, USC

Ah, memories. This collection seeped into my consciousness when prompted by the discovery that the Oakland Raiders are playing at Houston on Sunday … and remembering I had covered an NFL game in Houston. At the Astrodome. While covering the Los Angeles Rams. In 1978. A long, long time ago. And I was pretty sure […]

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USC Back Where It Belongs?

January 2nd, 2017 · No Comments · College football, Football, USC

Wow. It had been that long? I covered at least 15 Rose Bowl games, maybe 20, and  should have known this. But I may have mentioned I’ve been away. What I know for sure is that USC is supposed to 1) be in the Rose Bowl more often than this and 2) win the Rose […]

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The Fall of Troy

September 3rd, 2016 · 1 Comment · College football, Football, Los Angeles Rams, Rams, USC

If it were not already time for this, it certainly is now: We no longer can consider USC a “football” school. Not after what Alabama did to the Trojans in their open tonight … a 52-6 blowout, nationally televised, that made the Trojans look like chumps. Not after compiling a overall record of 57-28 since […]

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USC Football: Chaos and Defeat

December 30th, 2015 · No Comments · College football, Football, USC

Wow. What a mess. USC football may be at a low ebb, at least in this century. The coaches and players who contrived to lose to Wisconsin in the Holiday Bowl tonight constitute a program that is in trouble. The Trojans, over decades, have too often embraced the dim-witted arrogance of the biggest and most […]

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Hitting the ‘Refresh’ Button on College Football

November 29th, 2014 · No Comments · College football, Football, Sports Journalism, USC

Had not been home during college football season in a long time. So when we settled on this trip to SoCal, I checked the schedules of USC and UCLA. And there it was: USC home to Notre Dame. Even spending only 10 days in Southern California … I wanted to be there.

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College Football: American Exceptionalism in Action

August 30th, 2014 · No Comments · Abu Dhabi, Baseball, Basketball, College football, Football, NFL, The National, USC

American exceptionalism is a fairly controversial political notion, talked about for nearly 200 years, that the United States is unlike any other country in the world due to its “unique” history and form of government. People of good will can be on either side of that discussion. But the U.S. most certainly is exceptional in […]

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Pete Peaks at 62

February 2nd, 2014 · No Comments · College football, Football, NFL, Sports Journalism, USC

Came out of a middle-of-the-night coma long enough, here in the Land on the Other Side of the World, and saw all but 15 points of Super Bowl 48 on some once-only, no-cost streaming video from Fox. Pete Carroll coached the winning Seattle Seahawks team, and he bucked some actuarial odds, and also reached the […]

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