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USC football: Amir Carlisle transferring to Notre Dame, dad says


USC tailback Amir Carlisle is transferring to Notre Dame, his father told the South Bend Tribune.

Carlisle, a freshman last season, was slowed by ankle and knee injuries but played in eight games. He rushed for 118 yards in 19 carries and also had seven receptions, one for a touchdown.

Under NCAA transfer rules, he will have to sit out this season and will have three seasons of eligibility remaining.

Duane Carlisle told the South Bend Tribune that his son's move "definitely was a family decision."

Amir Carlisle played high school football in Sunnyvale, Calif. Duane Carlisle worked for the San Francisco 49ers as a strength and conditioning coach when Amir chose USC. Duane Carlisle is now the director of sports performance for Purdue University.

Carlisle is the second USC tailback to leave the program in the last three months.

Dillon Baxter was removed from the team by Coach Lane Kiffin after the Trojans played Notre Dame in October. Baxter, a San Diego native, is reportedly considering transferring to San Diego State.

Senior Curtis McNeal, who gained a team-best 1,005 yards last season, and sophomore D.J. Morgan are the most experienced returning tailbacks. Sophomore George Farmer was shifted from receiver to tailback midway through the season.

Javorious Allen redshirted.

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--Gary Klein

Photo: Trojans running back Amir Carlisle scores against Colorado during a Pac-12 game in November. Credit: Justin Edmonds / Getty Images

L.A.'s greatest sports moments No. 7: Anthony Davis defeats Notre Dame


We asked you to send in your picks for the greatest sports moments in L.A. history, and 1,181 ballots later we are unveiling the top 20 vote-getters. Each weekday we will unveil a new moment until we reach No. 1.

No. 7: Anthony Davis leads USC's comeback win over Notre Dame in 1974 (3,147 points)

The date was Nov. 30, 1974. USC trailed Notre Dame, 24-0, late in the second quarter when Trojans tailback Anthony Davis decided enough was enough.

With 10 seconds remaining before halftime, Davis scored on a seven-yard pass from Pat Haden. The two-point conversion failed, and the Trojans trailed 24-6 at the half.

Davis took the opening kick of the second half 102 yards to open the floodgates for USC, which scored 35 points in the third quarter.

With only 3:25 elapsed in the third quarter Davis scored a third touchdown on a six-yard run. Then with  8:37 left in the third, Davis added his fourth and final touchdown of the game on a four-yard dash, then added a two-point conversion to give the Trojans a 27-24 lead, with Davis accounting for 26 of USC's 27 points.

USC went on to win the game in a rout, 55-24.

The game also changed the way the Heisman Trophy winner was decided. In 1974, ballots were due before the end of the season and before that year's USC-Notre Dame game. Anthony finished second in the Heisman Trophy voting to Archie Griffin. From that day forward, Heisman voting would take place after all the regular season games had been played.


No. 8: Lakers finally defeat Celtics

No. 9: Fernandomania

No. 10: Magic scores 42 in Game 6 of 1980 NBA Finals

No. 11: Lakers win first title in L.A.

No. 12: Dodgers first game in L.A.

No. 13: Marcus Allen's Super Bowl run

No. 14: Lakers win 33 in a row

No. 15: Robert Horry's game-winner

No. 16: Honoring Roy Campanella

No. 17: Miracle on Manchester

No. 18: Lakers three-peat

No. 19: Rick Monday saves the flag

No. 20: Kobe to Shaq alley-oop

-- Houston Mitchell

Photo: Anthony Davis scores on a kickoff return to open the second half against Notre Dame in 1974. Credit: Los Angeles Times



USC football: Lane Kiffin apologizes for player's comments


Apologies were flying across social networks and the phone lines Monday as USC linebacker Chris Galippo and Coach Lane Kiffin tried to ease any hurt feelings over comments made after the Trojans' 31-17 victory over Notre Dame on Saturday.

Galippo, a fifth-year senior, and other players said Notre Dame "quit" when the Fighting Irish did not use timeouts in the final minutes of their defeat.

"If I offended anyone with my postgame comments Saturday, I do apologize," Galippo tweeted.  "I have great respect for their players and their program. It was a great game by both sides. Time to focus on Stanford!!!"

Kiffin called Notre Dame Coach Brian Kelly to apologize.

"On behalf of our football program, I apologize for Chris Galippo's statements after the game.  I've addressed this with Chris and he is remorseful," Kiffin said in a statement. "I also called Coach [Brian] Kelly to personally apologize.  As I said to the media immediately after the game, I thought Notre Dame played extremely hard throughout the game. It was another classic rivalry game and we feel fortunate to have won."

Kiffin, however, said Sunday that he was "shocked" by Notre Dame's inaction.

"The game was far from over," he said. "Obviously, over two minutes left with three timeouts, there's a lot of football left. But I'm not complaining."

Neither was quarterback Matt Barkley, who in a radio interview Monday did not disagree with Galippo's statement, according to this story.

"I would agree with that," Barkley said in an interview with Max Kellerman and Marcellus Wiley on 710 ESPN. "I was shocked that they didn't use the timeouts because we got on the field with … about seven minutes left, and I thought they were planning on stopping us and saving their timeouts for the end when they had the ball. …

"It seemed from our sideline and our perspective that they did give up. It seemed uncharacteristic of Notre Dame. I wouldn't have wanted to have been on that sideline."

More later at

--Gary Klein

Photo: USC Coach Lane Kiffin talks to quarterback Matt Barkley during the game against Notre Dame on Saturday. On Monday, the Trojans coach was offering apologies for remarks made by Barkley and other players following their 31-17 victory. Credit: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

USC 31, Notre Dame 17 (final)


If, as he has said, last year's loss to Notre Dame at the Coliseum was Lane Kiffin's worst defeat as a head coach, Saturday's win at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Ind., surely was among the sweetest.

USC ran its record to 6-1 and ended Notre Dame's four-game winning streak with an impressive victory.

"I'm proud of our guys, not having penalties and taking care of the football. That's what you've got to do," Kiffin said in a television interview after the game.

"You better play defense and run the ball if you come on the road."

The Trojans defense came up with three second-half turnovers, Matt Barkley operated efficiently at quarterback and two banged-up running backs produced when they had to for USC.

Oh, and Robert Woods was Robert Woods again.

Coming off a season-low five catches against California in USC's last game, the sophomore had 12 catches for 119 yards and two touchdowns against the Fighting Irish.

He was Barkley's favorite target by far, but the quarterback was otherwise hard to figure -- he connected with nine different receivers and finished with 224 yards passing, having completed 24 of 35 attempts for three touchdowns.

Curtis McNeal and Marc Tyler sparked a 219-yard rushing performance. McNeal had 118 yards in 24 carries and Tyler had 67 yards in 13 carries.

Kiffin credited USC's oft-maligned offensive line. "That's a great run defense led by a great middle linebacker [Manti Te'o]," the coach said. "Our guys did a really good job."

Meanwhile, Notre Dame couldn't sustain anything on the ground. The Fighting Irish netted 41 yards in 14 carries -- more than half of that coming on a 25-yard touchdown burst by Jonas Gray.

Michael Floyd, Notre Dame's star receiver, was never a factor. The 6-foot-3, 224-pound junior had four catches for 28 yards thanks largely to blanket coverage by USC's Nickell Robey, a 5-8, 165-pound sophomore. 


USC vs. Notre Dame photos

USC 31, Notre Dame 17 (late in fourth quarter)

Nickell Robey is having the game of his life for USC.

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USC football: Trojans play most 'academically prestigious schedule'

Usc-logo_250 As noted in a recent Times story, USC is having trouble scoring points.

But the Trojans scored better than any other college football team when Darren Everson of the Wall Street Journal set out to find the team that played the "most academically prestigious schedule."

"To find out which major-college football team plays the most academically prestigious schedule, the Count averaged the results of three commonly cited academic rankings to assign a value to each 2011 opponent played by every school in major-college football," he wrote.

USC won because it "faces an academic murderer's row of Stanford, California, UCLA and Notre Dame," the story said.


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-- Gary Klein


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