USC At Olympics

NIA.ALINia Ali won a silver medal in the 100-meter hurdles tonight and April Ross won a bronze in beach volleyball. The viral moment of the day was former USC sprinter Andre De Grasse surprising Usain Bolt by refusing to ease up in the 200 semifinals. Bolt won by .02 seconds and then wagged his finger at De Grasse.

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USC Quote Of The Night

“The decision-making, the timing, the accuracy, and then being able to move the ball and put the ball in the end zone.”

— USC coach Clay Helton on what factors he would use to choose a QB

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Does The Coliseum Need This?


I don’t know what the Rams’ security situation is for Coliseum games. I do know USC gets money from the Rams for playing at the stadium. And USC also gets paid for every Rams season-ticket holder to park on campus. Is it worth it for this circus? The answer is yes because USC likes the money. The answer is no if you are a normal fan or have a family. I wonder how long the NFL will allow this embarrassment to continue. Next game is Saturday at the Coliseum.

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Jet Blue Offer For USC Games

JetBlue Airways is offering USC fans a discounted deal with $50 one-way flights to see the Trojans play at Stanford, Utah, Arizona and Washington. All four games cost a total of $400 plus a travel certificate for a free flight.

The deal is available until Friday. Information: 1-888-JETBLUE (538-2583), and choose option 3 between the hours of 5 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT. Offer not available on jetblue.com and is only available via phone.

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Ron Vander Kelen RIP

VANDERKELENThere are few opposing players associated with USC as much as Wisconsin quarterback Ron Vander Kelen. I’ve written many times about the 1963 Rose Bowl, where No. 1-ranked USC held off No. 2-ranked Wisconsin, 42-37, to win the national championship.

Vander Kelen led a furious 23-point fourth quarter rally after Wisconsin fell behind, 42-14. He completed 33 of 48 passes for 401 yards and two touchdowns. Some say the game, which was televised nationally, transformed the image of college football.

Vander Kelen died Sunday of natural causes. He was 76. Many stars from that game (USC wide receiver Hal Bedsole, running back Willie Brown and Wisconsin end Pat Richter are) remain icons to USC and Wisconsin fans. The USC fans of that era never forgot Vander Kelen’s performance. He was named co-MVP of the Rose Bowl with USC QB Pete Beathard.

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USC Morning Buzz: Players Enjoy No Distractions Under Clay Helton

USC.CAMP.SNOW.CONEUSC holds its Salute to Troy dinner for fans on Friday night, a usually uneventful affair until Steve Sarkisian made it national news last year after he got drunk and acted inappropriately.

There are no worries of a repeat performance with Trojans coach Clay Helton this year. And that is a welcome relief for the players, who seek normalcy after several years of turmoil.

“I guess you could say that,” safety Chris Hawkins said Tuesday. “Coach Helton is a players’ coach. We love him.”

One of the things the players love most is Helton’s no-drama style.

“This team is different than any other team I’ve been on,” Hawkins said. “There’s something in the air. It’s just a feeling. We’ve always had leaders before but we walk with high spirits (now).

“We can bring USC back to where it should be.”

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Freshmen Of Influence

PITTMAN.2Clay Helton mentioned wide receivers Michael Pittman (above) and Tyler Vaughns, linebacker Jordan Iosefa and defensive end Connor Murphy as freshmen who stood out during training camp.

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