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UCLA football: Aaron Hester reprimanded by Pac-12


UCLA cornerback Aaron Hester was reprimanded by the Pacific 12 Conference for comments he made after the Bruins’ game against Arizona State.

Hester was called for pass interference in the final minute, which helped set up a last-second field-goal attempt for the Sun Devils. The kick was wide and UCLA held on for a 29-28 victory.

After the game, Hester said the call was “terrible” and that officials have singled him out during games.

“Mr. Hester’s remarks were a clear violation of the Pac-12's comprehensive restrictions on public
comments on officiating, and he is being appropriately reprimanded,” Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott said.

-- Chris Foster

Photo: Bruins cornerback Aaron Hester breaks up a pass intended for Washington State receiver Jared Karstetter in the first half of a Pac-12 game last month at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

USC football: Pat Haden awaits outcome of Lane Kiffin's NCAA hearing

Haden_640 USC Athletic Director Pat Haden will not venture to predict the outcome of Lane Kiffin’s appearance before the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions.

Haden and David Roberts, USC’s vice president for athletic compliance, attended the hearing in Indianapolis over the weekend which resulted from the NCAA’s probe of the University of Tennessee.

Kiffin_250 Now, Haden awaits a decision that could affect the Trojans.

“I have no idea what goes on behind closed doors,” he said Tuesday. “I’ve misread the committee before.”

The NCAA enforcement staff alleges that Kiffin “failed to promote an atmosphere of compliance within the football program” at Tennessee and that he “failed to monitor” the activities of assistant coaches and an athletics administrator.

If Kiffin is penalized, the punishments could include limits on his recruiting at USC and, possibly, suspension from games.

Haden said he and Roberts addressed the committee for about 10 minutes at the end of the hearing.

“I think we got the point across that the Lane Kiffin we know has been very compliant,” Haden said.


USC's Lane Kiffin loses swagger, gains a steadiness

USC is stripped of its 2004 BCS national championship

 -- Gary Klein

Top photo: Pat Haden. Credit: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times

Bottom photo: Lane Kiffin. Credit: AJ Mast / Associated Press

USC football: Lane Kiffin scheduled to appear at NCAA hearing

USC football Coach Lane Kiffin is scheduled to appear before the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions on Saturday, facing allegations that stem from his short tenure at Tennessee but which might lead to penalties that could affect the Trojans.

Kiffin’s appearance in Indianapolis is part of a broader hearing into Tennessee’s athletic department, which was the subject of a 22-month investigation that led to the firing of basketball coach Bruce Pearl and the resignation of athletic director Mike Hamilton.

Kiffin has declined to comment.

USC Athletic Director Pat Haden and David Roberts, USC’s vice president for athletic compliance, will attend the hearing. Haden said this week that, if asked, he would tell the Committee on Infractions that Kiffin has been “nothing but compliant” during his time at USC.

“It’s a bit part, not a starring role,” Haden said.

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USC football: Pat Haden will attend NCAA hearing regarding Tennessee and Lane Kiffin

Pat Haden’s week began with the NCAA finally stripping USC of its 2004 Bowl Championship Series title.

Fabforum The USC athletic director’s week will end in a hotel ballroom in Indianapolis, where football Coach Lane Kiffin will appear before the NCAA Committee on Infractions in its investigation of alleged violations during his 14-month tenure at Tennessee.

“I’m there as a representative for USC,” Haden said. “I’m going to be a character witness. I’ll be telling them, if asked, that from my perspective, in my 10 months, Lane has been nothing but compliant.”

Haden and David Roberts, USC’s vice president for athletic compliance, are scheduled to travel to NCAA headquarters for a series of meetings before the weekend hearing. None of the meetings, Haden said, were related to the NCAA’s denial of USC’s appeal of sanctions.

“We’re moving on,” he said.

Kiffin’s appearance is part of a broader hearing that resulted from the NCAA’s 22-month investigation of Tennessee’s athletic program. Former basketball Coach Bruce Pearl was fired for violations that occurred during his tenure and Mike Hamilton resigned as athletic director on Friday.

Haden said he had not thought about potential sanctions that could be levied against Kiffin. The NCAA alleges that Kiffin "failed to promote an atmosphere of compliance within the football program" and "failed to monitor" the activities of assistant coaches and an athletics administrator.

“This is the University of Tennessee’s situation,” he said. “I don’t know how long this takes to work its way through the system. The results will be what they are and we’ll deal with them when we get them.”

Haden said he was aware that former running backs coach Todd McNair last week filed a lawsuit against the NCAA seeking unspecified damages for libel, slander and other claims. McNair was not retained by USC after the NCAA determined that he had engaged in unethical conduct and sanctioned him with a "show-cause" order, preventing him from contact with recruits for one year while working for USC or any other NCAA-member institution.

“He’s obviously separate from our university,” Haden said, “and he’s going to proceed down this road.”

Haden also said he was aware of tailback Marc Tyler’s situation. The fifth-year senior confirmed to The Times that he was awaiting word from a USC judicial body regarding his involvement in two off-field incidents in April. Tyler allegedly spit on a female student while intoxicated and, two weeks later, allegedly inappropriately touched another female student at a bar near campus.

“We have no control over [the USC judicial process],” Haden said. “That’s their responsibility. We expect students to go in there and tell the truth and live with whatever is decided.

“I don’t know how long those things take. I think Marc has apologized and hopefully learned from his mistakes.”


USC's Devon Kennard moves from middle linebacker to defensive end

USC fans should view NCAA ruling on appeal as 'get on with it' moment

-- Gary Klein

Photo: Pat Haden. Credit: Nick Ut / Associated Press.


USC football: Kick-off times announced for Utah, Syracuse and UCLA

USC's Nov. 26 game against UCLA at the Coliseum will kick-off at 7 p.m. and will be televised by FSN, USC announced Wednesday.

The school also announced that the Trojans' Sept. 10 game against Utah, the first game in the new Pacific 12 Conference, would kick-off at 4:30 p.m. on Versus, and that the Sept. 17 game against Syracuse will kickoff at 3:30 on FSN or 5 p.m. on FX.

Kick-off for the Oct. 1 game against Arizona is still to be determined.

Here is the Trojans' schedule, all times PDT:

Sept. 3--Minnesota, 12:30 p.m. (ABC)

Sept. 10--Utah, 4:30 p.m. (Versus)

Sept. 17--Syracuse, 3:30 p.m. (FSN) or 5 p.m. (FX)

Sept. 24--at Arizona State, 7:15 p.m. (ESPN/ESPN2)

Oct. 1--Arizona, TBA

Oct. 13--California (at AT&T Park, San Francisco, Calif.), 6 p.m. (ESPN)

Oct. 22--at Notre Dame, 4:30 p.m. (NBC)

Oct. 29--Stanford, 5 p.m. (ABC/ESPN/ESPN2)

Nov. 4--at Colorado, 6 p.m. (ESPN2)

Nov. 12--Washington, 12:30 p.m. (ABC/ESPN/ESPN2/FSN)

Nov. 19--at Oregon, 5 p.m. (ABC)

Nov. 26--UCLA, 7 p.m. (FSN)

--Gary Klein

USC football: Pat Haden and Matt Barkley react to NCAA decision on sanctions

Photo: Matt Barkley. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times. USC Athletic Director Pat Haden and quarterback Matt Barkley just met with the media to discuss the NCAA's decision to deny USC's appeal of sanctions.

The NCAA's Infractions Appeals Committee announced Thursday that it had upheld all penalties, including a two-year bowl ban and the loss of 30 scholarships over three years. USC had asked the committee to reduce those penalties by half, which would have meant a one-year bowl ban (already served) and the loss of 15 scholarships.

Haden said USC would not pursue a lawsuit.

Here is some of what Haden said:

--"Clearly I'm very disappointed, but I'm not surprised."

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UCLA football: Psalm Wooching, running back from Hawaii, commits to the Bruins

UCLA logo Psalm Wooching, a running back/linebacker from Kealakehe High School in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, said he has committed to play at UCLA.

Wooching, who will be a senior in the fall, is the second running back from Hawaii to commit to UCLA this week, joining Honolulu Punahou's Steven Lakalaka.

Wooching, who is 6 feet 3, 210 pounds, also was considering Washington, Utah and Colorado. He said UCLA defensive line coach Inoke Breckterfield "broke down the campus, the academics they have to offer, the facilities. It's the right fit for me."

Wooching, considered a quality player on offense and defense, said he doesn't have a preference between running back and linebacker.

"Any position they put me at, I'll beat out whoever they have there," Wooching said.


USC's Matt Barkley teams with Pat Haden and J.K. McKay in commercial

Troy Polamalu graduates with history degree

-- Chris Foster

Photo: UCLA logo.

USC football: Matt Barkley teams with Pat Haden and J.K. McKay in commercial

USC, still awaiting word from the NCAA regarding its appeal of sanctions, is in the midst of a drive to sell individual game tickets.

As part of the campaign, quarterback Matt Barkley, Athletic Director Pat Haden and senior associate athletic director J.K. McKay appear in this commercial titled "Water Cooler Talk," which you can watch in the video above.

Earlier this year, USC also produced a commercial titled "The Briefcase," which featured Coach Lane Kiffin. You can watch it below.

USC opens its season Sept. 3 at the Coliseum against Minnesota.

-- Gary Klein



USC football: Troy Polamalu graduates with history degree

Lg0keunc Troy Polamalu has made history as a Super Bowl winner with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

On Friday, he went through graduation ceremonies at USC after earning his degree in history.

Polamalu, an All-Pro safety, left USC for the NFL after the 2002 season. He was the 16th player chosen in the 2003 draft.

Polamalu was among more than 30 current and former players who were scheduled to go through graduation ceremonies, including Tim McDonald, who also was an All-American safety at USC and an All-Pro for the San Francisco 49ers.

I wrote about McDonald's quest for his degree during spring practice, as his son T.J. prepared for his junior season.


Receiver Brice Butler will remain with USC

Nine Trojans selected in NFL draft

-- Gary Klein

Photo: Troy Polamalu. Credit: Gregory Shamus / Getty Images

USC football: Trojans ready for graduation Thursday

Lcy15inc At least 30 current and former USC football players are expected to participate in Thursday's student-athlete graduation ceremony at the Galen Center.

Athletic Director Pat Haden said on the school's website that that former players Tim McDonald and Keith Rivers, who came back to school this spring to earn their degrees, would speak at the ceremony.

These players were also scheduled to participate, according to a school official:

Armond Armstead
Taylor Ashton
Steve Blackhart
T.J. Bryant
Brandon Carswell
Martin Coleman
Omari Crittenden
Ross Cumming
Nic Curry


[Updated May 16

Rhett Ellison]


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USC football: Kickoff times set for five more games

USC USC's Sept. 3 season opener against Minnesota at the Coliseum will kick-off at 12:30 p.m. and will be televised by ABC, USC announced Tuesday.

Kick-off times and television plans for four other games also were announced:

--Sept. 24 at Arizona State, 7:15 p.m. (ESPN).

--Oct. 29 against Stanford, 5 p.m. (ABC, ESPN or ESPN2).

--Nov. 12 against Washington, 12:30 p.m. (ABC, ESPN, ESPN2 oe FSN).

--Nov. 19 contest at Oregon, 5 p.m. (ABC).

Here's the schedule, with four kickoff times still to be determined:

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