Sam Arslanian

Broadcaster. Producer. Editor. Journalist.


Black Trojan athletes take initiative to foster discussion about racial issues

Fresh off the beach volleyball courts at Merle Norman Stadium, Joy Dennis, a graduate student next season, walked down the streets of USC’s campus. She was approached and asked if she played basketball for the Trojans, seemingly ignorant of the fact that she was covered in sand.
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How one night in Birmingham changed college football in the South

Sept. 12, 1970, was the first game of the season for USC and Alabama. At the time, the matchup was seen as a clash of two of the nation’s best collegiate football programs, and USC ended up routing Alabama 42-21. In hindsight, the game between Paul “Bear” Bryant’s all-white Crimson Tide and John McKay’s fully integrated Trojans, featuring its all-black backfield, served as a catalyst for the rapid integration of Southeastern Conference football programs.

Outside the Pocket: Helton needs to go and Urban Meyer isn’t the answer

“I’ve been here 10 years,” head coach Clay Helton said after USC was massacred by Oregon Saturday. “I believe in being a servant to this university and to the young men that are here. Each and every day I wake up and represent them and our school, and I will continue to do that each and every day. And I’ll fight like hell with the people I believe in, and the people I love, until they ask me not to do it anymore."

Outside the Pocket: USC’s lack of discipline has led to low expectations and mediocre accomplishments

USC needs a culture change. The hiring of athletic director Mike Bohn will undoubtedly bring a shift in culture to USC athletics as a whole. Bohn’s enthusiasm and expertise in his role will bode well for USC. Bohn is fired up for this position, as evidenced in his introductory press conference. You can tell he understands what USC athletics stands for; he is even trying to modify USC’s motto from “Fight On” to “Fight On to Victory.”