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Sep.19.2009
PIGSKIN WARRIORS: COLLEGE FOOTBALL'S GREATEST TRADITIONS, GAMES AND PLAYERS   By STEVEN TRAVERS   Contents Introduction THE QUEST: RECOGNITION, LEGITIMACY AND HISTORICAL REVISIONISM   PART ONE THE ELITE TEN   1. SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA TROJANS 2.  NOTRE DAME FIGHTING IRISH 3.  ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE 4...
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Sep.08.2009
MATT LEINART Quarterback 2001 - 2005   My high school years at Mater Dei there were other quarterbacks with big names in Southland prep football, like Matt Cassel, Brandon Hance, Kyle Boller, Kyle Matter, Chris Rix, John Sciarra, J.P. Losman and David Koral. Matt Grootegoed was my teammate and he...
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Sep.06.2009
CHARLES "TREE" YOUNG Tight End 1970 - 1972   Sam Cunningham’s ability to communicate with blacks, whites, Hispanics on our team was invaluable. He was more than a guy who had ability. Rod McNeill grew up in an all-white environment. I grew up in an all-black one in Fresno. Because my high...
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Sep.02.2009
BRANDON HANCOCK Fullback 2002 - 2003, 2005   Was USC everything that I thought it would be? I think without a doubt it was, but to be frank with you, they were 6-6 in my senior year of high school. Obviously it was USC, but it was a gut decision to come there. Academics was my thing so I took a...
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Aug.27.2009
When I heard Ted Kennedy had died, I immediately thought of Philip J. Schlessinger, a professor of political science I had eons ago at Los Angeles City College.   I was able to track him today via the University of Southern California Alumni News, the Winter 2001 issue. There, it said, Schlessinger...
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Jul.24.2009
Here in America, it isn’t only the young people who attend Harvard who do well—those who go to Yale and Stanford do pretty good, too. Me, I went to public school. That’s why I write in this Brooklyn accent. I am a proud graduate of the State University of New York at Purchase, though admittedly...
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Apr.24.2009
Last night I attended a panel at USC entitled "The Changing Face of Publication," hosted by one of my favorite novelists, Gina Nahai (Cry of the Peacock). The five panelists, with five different jobs and all deeply involved in publishing, offered a view on how publishing is done now and...