| Dec 27, 2013
| 6:24 PM
It is becoming UCLA Coach Steve Alford's mantra: a call for defense.
Some Bruins basketball fans said former UCLA coach Ben Howland concentrated too much on defense, but it is what Alford worries about too.
Although Alford's 10-2 Bruins average 86.4...
| Dec 28, 2013
| 11:08 PM
This is it. The important time of the season has begun for UCLA.
The Bruins open Pac-12 Conference play next Sunday against USC, and in the final pre-conference tuneup for new Coach Steve Alford's team Saturday night, UCLA scored the final eight...
| Dec 6, 2013
| 6:05 PM
So much news broke this week it was easy to forget the reason we all get called together each fall: the games.
USC started it by calling a news conference to announce interim coach Ed Orgeron was out and Steve Sarkisian was in as head coach of the...
| Aug 30, 2013
| 6:20 PM
USC did not immediately return to Los Angeles after its season-opening victory at Hawaii, staying one more night at its beachfront hotel before a scheduled return Friday.
The extended stay was planned. The Trojans' continuing search for a starting...
| Sep 6, 2013
| 4:50 PM
Unbuckling the mailbag:
Question: I can understand why you don't read your own lousy newspaper, but USC is ranked No. 25 [by the Associated Press]. Don't worry, we will never accuse you of being a homer.
I realize it is old news, but your sports...
| Nov 29, 2013
| 12:40 PM
Halfway through your story today I got a sick feeling and tossed the sports section into the couch. What exactly would a "big name" coach do for SC that Ed Orgeron can't do, recruit?
Hope you're feeling better and thanks, really, for...
| Nov 14, 2013
| 7:25 PM
Ed Orgeron removed his sideline headset during the final seconds of USC's victory at California last week and grasped hands with tailback Javorius Allen.
"It's been a loooong time coming," Orgeron sang heartily in his Cajun drawl.
"Change gonna come,"...
| Nov 10, 2013
| 7:37 PM
A lot of people hate the Bowl Championship Series, but no conference needs it to go away faster than the Pac-12.
No league has been more tormented by its quartile quirkiness and, at times, outright chicanery.
The BCS would not have been possible...
| Dec 8, 2013
| 9:44 PM
There were eight undefeated teams on Oct. 27 and six left on Nov. 17 and it appeared the last year of the Bowl Championship Series might get the fist in the face it deserved.
Then Auburn's moon jumped to the seventh house, Jupiter aligned with...
| Sep 22, 2013
| 6:22 PM
North Texas visited Oklahoma on opening weekend in 2007 and was clobbered, 79-10.
A few days later, sitting in his home office a few blocks from where the wipeout took place, Barry Switzer said North Texas got what it deserved.
"They had no game...
| Dec 7, 2013
| 10:58 PM
CHARLOTTE, N.C. —The final Saturday of the first Bowl Championship Series season in 1998 ended with shocking losses by Kansas State and UCLA that turned the BCS on its ear hole.
Wild endings in St. Louis and Miami that day put Tennessee and...
| Sep 22, 2013
| 5:30 PM
1: Oklahoma looks to avenge last year's shocking 30-13 home loss to Notre Dame when it visits South Bend. The win legitimized Notre Dame as a national title contender and improved its all-time record over Oklahoma to 9-1. The Sooners' lone win in the...