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Blind Football Player Takes Practice Field for USC

'He's out here working his butt off'

(Newser) - Eighteen-year-old Jake Olson may be blind, but that's not stopping him from seeing his dream of taking the football field for the USC Trojans come true. Olson, who was born with cancer of the retina, lost his left eye at 10 months old and his right eye when he... More »

USC Footballer Quits, Calls Coach Racist

Steve Sarkisian calls claim 'ridiculous'

(Newser) - Steve Sarkisian has yet to coach a single football game at USC, but the new head coach is having a seriously awful preseason. Just after a star player fabricated a hero tale about himself, Trojans senior Anthony Brown has quit the team and taken to social media to call Sarkisian... More »

USC: Player Lied About Rescuing Drowning Nephew

Trojans captain Josh Shaw suspended indefinitely

(Newser) - Luckless USC cornerback Josh Shaw not only has two sprained ankles, his pants are on fire: The Trojans captain has been suspended indefinitely after admitting that he made up a story about suffering ankle injuries while rescuing his 7-year-old nephew from a pool on Saturday, reports the Los Angeles Times... More »

Super Bowl Shows Value of Losing

John Tamny sees a conservative lesson in Pete Carroll's comeback

(Newser) - The Seahawks' dominance last night put Pete Carroll "in an elite circle of the all-time greatest football coaches," but he wasn't always held in such high esteem, writes John Tamny at Forbes . "Failure made Pete Carroll." Carroll, you'll recall, was fired after just one... More »

USC Football Stripped of 2004 Title

No champion in the 2004 season after Reggie Bush ineligibility

(Newser) - The Heisman trophies have been returned , and now USC has lost something else: The Bowl Championship Series stripped Southern California of its 2004 title yesterday, leaving that season without a BCS champion. The announcement was not a surprise—BCS officials had said USC was in danger of having its championship... More »

USC Students Stage Protest Over Sexist Frat Email

Outraged over alleged Kappa Sigma diatribe

(Newser) - Almost a month after a sexist email surfaced advising "cocksmen" on the rites of pursuing "targets," dozens of USC students stalked out of class and staged a boisterous protest. The email is believed to have been penned by a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity, and has... More »

USC Frat Email: Women Are 'Targets,' Not Actual People

National fraternity probing 'appalling' note

(Newser) - A fraternity email from a member of USC's Kappa Sigma chapter details how to be an effective "cocksman" and breach a woman's "pie"—vagina—or "gullet"—mouth and throat. "I will refer to females as 'targets," notes the author in his missive to... More »

Dead at 54: Ex-NFL Player Mosi Tatupu

Former USC, Patriots star had multiple health issues

(Newser) - Longtime pro football running back Mosi Tatupu died yesterday at age 54 in his native Hawaii of as yet unknown causes. A close family friend tells the Honolulu Star-Bulletin that he “had some health issues,” including high-blood pressure and other ailments. Tatupu, a tough player known for his... More »

13-Year-Old Quarterback Accepts USC Offer

If all goes well, David Sills will be in California—in 5 years

(Newser) - Unlike many 13-year-olds, David Sills knows exactly where he’ll be in 5 years: playing football for USC. The Delaware quarterback has made a verbal commitment to Lane Kiffin after the coach was wowed by a YouTube video of the phenom and offered him a scholarship. “His skill set... More »

Tennessee's Lane Kiffin Set to Take Over as USC Coach

34-year-old led Vols for just 1 year after short NFL stint

(Newser) - Just days after losing football coach Pete Carroll to the NFL, the University of Southern California has hired Lane Kiffin, a former Trojans assistant, away from his head job at the University of Tennessee, sources tell ESPN . Kiffin, 34, led the Volunteers to a 7-5 record in his only season... More »

Carroll Set to Bolt USC for Seattle Seahawks

Coach will return to pros after resurrecting Trojans

(Newser) - Pete Carroll, who turned the University of Southern California’s foundering football program into a perennial national contender, is ready to bolt for the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks. Carroll, 58, coached the New York Jets and New England Patriots in the 1990s, and had said he’d only consider the... More »

USC Star Recovering After Surgery on Crushed Throat

Tailback suffered mishap in weight room

(Newser) - USC tailback Stafon Johnson is in critical but stable condition and communicating nonverbally after surgery to repair a horrific weightlifting injury. Teammates say Johnson was bench-pressing yesterday and accidentally dropped the bar on his throat. After 7-plus hours of surgery, during which doctors realigned Johnson’s larynx, the athlete is... More »

3-D TV Shows Promise, But Those Glasses Still a Must

You'll have stuff to watch next year—but you still need specs

(Newser) - Admit it, your heart skips a beat at the prospect of a 3-D high-definition TV in your own home. And by this time next year, Sony and Panasonic will have ‘em on the market. But—and it’s a big one, even after the cost—you’re going to... More »

Huskies Shock USC, 16-13

Gators stifle Vols; Va. Tech edges out Nebraska

(Newser) - The Washington Huskies stunned No. 3 USC today 16-13, winning with a 22-yard field goal with 3 seconds left, the Seattle Times reports. In other action:
  • Vols coach Lane Kiffin may watch his mouth from now on. The No.1 Florida Gators beat Tennessee 23-13 with tight defense and 76
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This Year's Must-See College Games

(Newser) - College football season is just a few yards away, so Fox Sports scans the schedule for must-see affairs. The picks:
  1. Ohio State at Penn State, Nov. 7: With Michigan in its present state, this is the Big 10’s showcase game, and the winner is a good bet to go
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Oregon State Stuns No. 1 USC

(Newser) - USC can kiss its No. 1 ranking goodbye. The team some had dubbed the greatest ever was toppled 27-21 last night by Oregon State, a 25½-point underdog. The Beavers derailed the Trojans offense and ran over what had been the nation’s best defense. “They just beat us... More »

USC Routs Ohio State, 35-3

(Newser) - Southern California turned the most anticipated September game in years into a mismatch. Mark Sanchez threw four touchdown passes, Joe McKnight rushed for 105 yards on 12 carries, and the top-ranked Trojans crushed No. 5 Ohio State 35-3 tonight in a matchup of two of college football's most successful... More »

On Paper, Ohio State-USC Matchup Worthy of the Hype

Fans shelling out $75 for parking passes alone

(Newser) - The hype machine is in overdrive ahead of Saturday’s meeting between Ohio State and Southern Cal, each ranked among college football’s top five teams. Both have seen big-time dramatic matchups in recent years, leading Jon Wilner, in the San Jose Mercury News, to wonder, “will Saturday's showdown... More »

USC's Mayo Accused of Taking Gifts

College faces sanctions if star accepted illegal benefits from future agent

(Newser) - USC star OJ Mayo received tens of thousands of dollars from the agency that would eventually represent him, a violation of NCAA rules, according to former friend Louis Johnson. The money was allegedly funneled through one Rodney Guillory, who lavished on Mayo just a fraction of what the agency gave... More »

Mayo Exiting Early as Kansas State Stuns USC

Beasley leads 11-seed to 80-67 win

(Newser) - Kansas State's young team knocked NBA-bound freshman star O.J. Mayo out of the NCAA tournament—keeping their own freshman phenom, Michael Beasley, for at least one more game. The Wildcats received major contributions from four other freshmen in the 80-67 win over Mayo's Trojans, but Beasley led his squad... More »

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