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USC took advantage of second chance

USC took advantage of second chance

Players often hear the cautionary tale that they may not get a second chance in the NCAA Tournament. Nobody understands that better than USC’s Jordan McLaughlin after back-to-back finishes against Providence befitting March Madness.A year ago, McLaughlin was the goat that allowed...

Riki Ellison impact felt beyond playing days

Riki Ellison impact felt beyond playing days

The Polynesian Football Hall of Fame honors pioneering athletes that have excelled at a purely American game originated on the other side of the globe from their South Pacific roots.Riki Ellison, the first Maori- and New Zealand-born athlete to play in the NFL, joins the...

Cheap shot artists prove point made by Coach Logan

Cheap shot artists prove point made by Coach Logan

If you’ve wondered about the difference between coaching in college and the NFL, I heard what turned out to be a timely and profound explanation driving down the road Friday listening to Steve Logan.The veteran college and NFL coach’s comment directly applied to cheap shots...

Myths and folklore that cost Duffy true legacy

Myths and folklore that cost Duffy true legacy

USC and Alabama play Saturday night at JerryWorld in Arlington, Texas. The encrusted myths encasing the 1970 USC-Alabama game played at Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama, are being dusted off.Revisionist history in the media created among fans the idea that Alabama coach Paul...

Football brings Lynn Swann back to USC

Football brings Lynn Swann back to USC

Lynn Swann’s football story began playing on youth league teams, continued through All-American honors at both San Mateo (Calif.) Serra High and USC and culminated with winning four Super Bowl rings with the Pittsburgh Steelers.Following his playing days, Swann was enshrined into...

Memphis counting on continuing upswing

Memphis counting on continuing upswing

Up and down. Back and forth is the pendulum history of Memphis football swinging between winning and mostly losing seasons.Not even Memphis-native Cybill Shepherd, one of Hollywood’s leading actresses and beauties from the 1970s and 1980s, was able to alter the inconsistent...

My roundup of NCAA Raleigh Regional stories

My roundup of NCAA Raleigh Regional stories

My roundup of NCAA regional games played in Raleigh Mach 17 and 19 in the East and Midwest.March 20Virginia can look ahead without facing Michigan State as roadblockMarch 19Wisconsin can continue winning on gritMarch 19Kris Dunn turned down NBA for degree and legacyMarch 18Roy...

Providence done against UNC without more than Kris Dunn

Providence done against UNC without more than Kris Dunn

RALEIGH, N.C. – Providence’s Ed Cooley and USC’s Andy Enfield probably got the wrong idea as they watched North Carolina struggle in its NCAA Tournament first-round win Thursday over Florida Gulf Coast at PNC Arena.As the opposing coaches went into their respective locker...

USC ends season when the Trojans fail to finish

USC ends season when the Trojans fail to finish

RALEIGH, N.C. – USC coach Andy Enfield admitted his Trojans made crucial mental and physical mistakes down the stretch that ended their season. Missed free throws late in the game were physical and not running more time off the clock in the final minute or guarding the opposition...

Junior Seau final act educated us about CTE

Junior Seau final act educated us about CTE

I once shared your shock and sadness over Junior Seau’s suicide. Now I only share sadness, thanks to Junior educating us about the link between concussions and the degenerative brain disease Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy.The larger-than-life linebacker killed himself on May 2,...