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O.J. Won’t Talk About It

“Next question,” O.J. Mayo said when asked what that combo undershirt/protective pad was that could be seen encircling his rib cage under USC’s new skintight Nike uniform tops. Turns out it’s a new “impact” piece of undergear that has a built-in row of thin, soft, conforming protective pads built into it. With Mayo set to […]

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Squeezing O.J. for Answers

In case you missed it on Saturday night, even ESPN was pretty sure O.J. Mayo said he was planning to stay next year. Today, Mayo spent at least half an hour after practice shooting baskets. Then he met with reporters. Q: After the game some people thought you said that you were going to stay […]

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Hackett’s Not Exactly Back

Sidelined by flu-like symptoms Wednesday, USC guard Daniel Hackett did not get his chance to practice with the team in full-contact work as had been decided Monday. But Hackett did make it back in time to join the team and catch the bus for the airport and he will be evaluated Thursday morning as to […]

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Hackett is cleared to practice

The sophomore guard hasn’t played since Feb. 9 because of a stress fracture in his lower back. He could see some action Thursday against Arizona. When Daniel Hackett returned after a six-week injury layoff in November, it was as if his game had been magically fortified.

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Hackett could practice soon

USC sophomore guard Daniel Hackett could participate in some practice drills with his teammates as soon as Wednesday if the stress fracture in his lower back continues to show improvement, a school spokesman said Monday.

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Big Blowout News

USC has been leading Oregon State by 30 points since the tipoff, it seems but there is one bit of actual important news here. For the first time since Dec. 17, 6-foot-6 freshman guard Marcus Simmons got into a game. In fact, he got eight first-half minutes and now is enjoying a similar stint the […]

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Daniel Hackett Sighting

And here’s the second good sign for USC fans who showed up early. Yes, that is Daniel Hackett running the floor, dribbling a couple of basketballs, shooting free throws and jump shots and looking better than he has in nearly three weeks as his dad, Rudy, USC’s strength and conditioning coach, puts him through his […]

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Headlines

Mayo, Trojans One Step Closer

Trojans Pull Off Oregon Win, 81-75 It wasn’t pretty for most of the game, but USC has come out on top. After trailing to the Ducks throughout the entire first half, the Trojans battled it out in the second, pulling off a vital win. It was the first game after OJ Mayo scored an embarrassing […]

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USC prepares, minus Hackett

<!–start image–><!– end image–>Daniel Hackett may be back next week. He may be done for the season. Hackett could not pass even the most elementary of physical tests Monday, and coach Tim Floyd said Hackett would not return for Sunday’s game against UCLA. Angelo Johnson (side) will start in his plac

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Hackett Suffers Fracture

Bad news Trojans. Earlier today Tim Floyd speculated to ESPN that Daniel Hackett may have suffered a fracture in his spinal column. Now those claims have been substantiated by LA Times writer Adam Rose who is reporting that Hackett visited a doctor at the Marina Spine Center in Marina del Rey, where it was determined […]

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BREAKING: Hackett has a possible Spinal Column Injury

From ESPN: The status of USC point guard Daniel Hackett for crucial upcoming games against No. 6 UCLA and Oregon, let alone the rest of the season, appears in question after coach Tim Floyd said Hackett’s back injury might be much worse than originally thought. Losing Daniel Hackett for any length of time would hurt […]

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Life without Hackett is a bleak proposition for Trojans

The everyman never gets enough credit. In sports, he is sometimes referred to as the utility man (baseball) or a gamer (football). For USC men’s basketball, Daniel Hackett is more than just the everyman – he is the man who holds it all together. Sure, he doesn’t score like O.

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