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Coliseum League With A Wild Finish

Dorsey Dons vs Crenshaw Cougars
Nov 6 Dorsey Dons vs Crenshaw Cougars lined up for battle. (Photo by Jevone Moore/Full Image 360)
Nov 6 Dorsey Dons vs Crenshaw Cougars lined up for battle. (Photo by Jevone Moore/Full Image 360)

Los Angeles, Ca – The last game of CIF City Section regular season has an action pack finish in the rough Coliseum. The division II stars Hawkins faced Los Angeles in matinee game at 2:15pm, with the title on the line. The night cap between division I cross-town rivals’ Dorsey vs Crenshaw at 7pm. It was great on scheduling because you could catch both games and see the wild finish with so much on line from a title to playoff seedings.

Nov 6 LA High Runing Back Money Mason (19) finding daylight during the game Hawkins Hawks vs Los Angeles Romans at LA High. (Photo by Jevone Moore/Full Image 360)
Nov 6 LA High Runing Back Money Mason (19) finding daylight during the game Hawkins Hawks vs Los Angeles Romans at LA High. (Photo by Jevone Moore/Full Image 360)

The LA High Romans playing at home for this last regular season and quest for keep its record unblemished. That dream was shattered once the sun ducked behind the home stands and game was called with 3:15 left on the clock due to Sun Down rule resulting in 31-31 tie. Hawkins was all smiles and celebrating their accomplishment due to coming back from being down 31-15 at one point in game. The Romans were left with a sour taste in their mouth that will only last for a day because with the tie the still won the Coliseum league title. So selection Saturday for playoff seeds will still have them as top 3 seed.

Nov 6 Hawkins wide reciever Greg Johnson (3) rushing to the edge during the game Hawkins Hawks vs Los Angeles Romans at LA High. (Photo by Jevone Moore/Full Image 360)

Both teams showed why they were moved into the Coliseum, and have formed quick rivals in short time. Both coaches have respect for each other program and spoke after the game, “Resiliency,” Hawkins Coach Mil’Von James said of his players. “My hat goes off to them,” Los Angeles Coach Eric Scott said. “They fought from behind and never gave up.”

These two teams will continue to compete in the future, LA High will go forward into playoffs next week. Hawkins will enjoy their Championship 4th quarter comeback and be ready for next year skipping this season post season due to 1 year ban from an ineligible player last year.

Nov 6 LA High Runing Back Money Mason (19) finding daylight during the game Hawkins Hawks vs Los Angeles Romans at LA High. (Photo by Jevone Moore/Full Image 360)
Nov 6 LA High receiver LeJon Shaw (3) just before him comes down with catch on Hawkins defender Robert Lewis (9) during the game Hawkins Hawks vs Los Angeles Romans at LA High. (Photo by Jevone Moore/Full Image 360)

The Dorsey Dons finished the regular season with a big win defeating crosstown rivals Crenshaw 34-35 in the night cap. Speaking with defensive back coach Ivan Stephenson the day before the game he said, “I feel good about this game we had a great week of practice as a team.” His defensive backs showed up and backed up his feelings 3 of 4 getting interceptions in the game.(Tyquan Perry, Marquette Jackson, Antwone Williams)

Nov 6 Dorsey running back Devin Mangrum (26) busting through during the game Dorsey Dons vs Crenshaw Cougars(Photo by Jevone Moore/Full Image 360)
Nov 6 Dorsey running back Devin Mangrum (26) busting through during the game Dorsey Dons vs Crenshaw Cougars(Photo by Jevone Moore/Full Image 360)

Dorsey relied on Senior running back Devin Mangrum and freshman Charles Mincy combined for over 400 yards rushing. The pounding with great blocking from the offensive line was a difference make combined with the pressure from defensive line to help the DB’s.

This was the first win for Dorsey against is rival since 2011, to have bragging rights at least for a year. Crenshaw had a chance to comeback but just too little too late. Their quarterback the young Daiyan Henly was looking down field for his targets but when he saw daylight he used his feet to break contain. Henly feet didn’t fail him rushing  for bunch of first downs and touchdown during the comeback.

Nov 6 Crenshaw quarterback Daiyan Henley (11) Spotting a target on a roll out during the game Dorsey Dons vs Crenshaw Cougars(Photo by Jevone Moore/Full Image 360)

Both teams will have post season play this year that will be figured out Saturday, with the win Dorsey should be rewarded with being on the opposite side of Narbonne in playoff bracket till the championship if they can survive.

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The Idaho Vandals Get J.J. Wills

J.J. Wills Clovis High (Courtesy Photo)

Clovis, Ca – From the moment the University of Idaho offered a football scholarship to J.J. Wills in June 2015, the Vandals stayed on the Clovis High School wide receiver for the next five months.

All of that following, chasing and convincing on Idaho’s end convinced Wills that the Kibbie Dome will be his future college football home, after the 6-foot, 179-pound wideout  verbally committed to the Vandals’ pledge on Monday, Nov. 2.

Wills said he sought the advice of his family during a night time get-together inside his house.

“We have been talking about this as a family for a while. It was a special thing because I wanted to know everyone’s opinion and then I prayed on it. But it was a very special thing (to commit),” Wills said.

The three-year varsity letterman Wills, who held one other scholarship offer from NCAA Division II program Minot State, becomes Clovis High’s first NCAA Division I wide receiver commit since Matt Lindsey chose Fresno State in Sept. 2006.

Wills currently leads the 8-1 Cougars in three different receiving categories: receptions (50), yards (905) and touchdowns (10). He has five 100-yard games this season, including his recent five catch, 124-yard and three touchdown evening in the 41-28 victory over Clovis North on Oct. 30.

 

For his varsity career, Wills has 99 catches for 1,528 yards and 18 touchdowns.

Written by Lorenzo J. Reyna

LA KISS NAME OMARR SMITH HEAD COACH

LA Kiss Head Coach Omarr Smith

Los Angeles, CA (November 4th, 2015) – The LA KISS announced today that Omarr Smith has
officially been named Head Coach. Smith was previously assistant Head Coach of the ArenaBowl
Champion San Jose SaberCats. This will be his fifteenth year in the Arena Football League (AFL)
and is tied with the late Coach Tim Marcum with 7 Arena Bowl championships.
“I am honored and humbled to be named the Head Coach of the LA KISS,” said Omarr Smith. “I
knew that it would take a unique opportunity to leave a top notch organization such as the San
Jose Sabercats, and that is clearly how I look at this situation. The LA KISS represents many of
the values that I embrace as a head coach; the dedicated pursuit of excellence, the commitment
to the team over oneself, and providing an entertaining brand of football.”

A native of Torrance, California, Smith attended Bishop Montgomery High School and earned all-league
honors in football, basketball and track. His skills earned him a football scholarship to San
Jose State University where he played all four years. After graduating from San Jose State, Smith
joined the AFL where he was a key part to three championship seasons with the San Jose
SaberCats in 2002, 2004 and 2007. He was also with the Tampa Bay Storm during their
championship season in 2003. Smith’s famed career ended after his 9th season in the AFL. He
tallied an impressive 35 interceptions, 88 pass breakups and 8 defensive touchdowns.

“We are very excited that Omarr is going to be the new Head Coach of the LA KISS Football
Team,” said Joe Windham, CEO of the LA KISS. “We worked together for 3 years in Arizona and
experienced a lot of success together. Omarr has accomplished a lot in the AFL from being a
player, a hall of fame inductee, to an Assistant Head Coach, and it was a natural decision to
select him as our new Head Coach. His record as a player and a coach speaks for itself and we
can’t wait to get the 3rd season of LA KISS Football going.”

Smith brings seven years of coaching experience to the LA KISS. He spent the last two years with
the San Jose SaberCats, as assistant Head Coach, winning the ArenaBowl again in 2015. Prior to
the SaberCats, he served as the defensive coordinator for the Arizona Rattlers, where his
defense surrendered the second least points per game from 2011‐2013 and won the ArenaBowl
in both 2012 and 2013.

“It is of course bittersweet as the San Jose Sabercats will always hold a very special place in my
heart and in my family’s,” said Omarr Smith, head coach of the LA KISS. “I’ve had the good
fortune of working with the some of the best players, coaches, and people this league has to
offer. I’ll be forever grateful and thankful for the opportunity to have played and coached for
that organization. I am eagerly looking forward to this wonderful opportunity to return to the
place where I was raised, to lead the LA KISS football program to the next level. I especially
would like to thank Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Doc McGhee and Joe Windham for affording
me this great opportunity.”

For more information about the LA KISS and this announcement, please visit lakissfootball.com.

ABOUT LA KISS FOOTBALL:
Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, two of the greatest showmen of all time, brought pro football
to Los Angeles with the formation of LA KISS Football. In just one year, LA KISS has become a
phenomenon by taking the KISS mentality and applying it to a sports team. LA KISS represents
the fusion of entertainment and sports like no other brand and delivers an all‐encompassing in game
experience that is second to none. LA KISS ownership combines over 40 years of success in
both entertainment, sports and business. The leadership team looks to challenge and redefine
the term “sports entertainment” by applying the KISS mindset to everything they do. For more
information, visit lakissfootball.com or follow the team on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

IOWA STATE IS AUTONATION NATIONAL TEAM OF THE WEEK

FWAA AutoNation Team of the week
FWAA AutoNation Team of the week

IOWA STATE IS AUTONATION NATIONAL TEAM OF THE WEEK
Stout defense stifles Longhorns

DALLAS (FWAA) – The Iowa State Cyclones set an early tone with a dominant first half, then the defense finished the job with its first shutout in two seasons, a 24-0 triumph over Texas. The Cyclones posted their first home win over the Longhorns in six tries, which also them the AutoNation National Team of the Week honor for games of the weekend of Oct. 24.

Iowa State’s defensive crush started in the first half, when it held Texas to just 98 total yards. The second half was just as dominant, as Texas crossed midfield only twice in the game and only gained 204 total yards, the third-lowest total for an ISU opponent in a Big 12 game. The shutout was Iowa State’s first since holding Kansas scoreless in a 34-0 win in 2013, as the Cyclones became the first unranked team to shut out Texas since 1961.

The Cyclones rolled up 223 yards in the first half while posted a 10-0 lead on a 10-yard scramble by Joel Lanning and a 28-yard field goal from Cole Netten on the final play before halftime. Mike Warren rushed for 157 yards on 32 carries and scored a touchdown, marking the third consecutive season that ISU has had a 100-yard rusher against Texas.

“We accomplished all the things that we felt we needed to beat Texas. We won the turnover margin, we stopped the run, we threw and ran against their pressure, we were fantastic in special teams, and we started fast,” Iowa State head coach Paul Rhoads said. “People questioned whether we could do that or not. Our confidence level will be up another notch with this.”

Other AutoNation National Team of the Week nominees for the weekend of Oct. 31 included:

Florida (7-1): The Gators swarmed all over rival Georgia, forcing five turnovers in a 27-3 win in jackonville that put them one win away from clinching the Southeastern Conference East Division title. Florida opened a 20-0 first-half lead and staved off any hope of a comeback with three second-half interceptions. The Gators have already matched their win total from last season with at four regular-season games remaining.

• Miami (5-3): The Hurricanes became the latest team to win a game with a jaw-dropping special teams touchdown on the final play, as Corn Elder returned a kickoff 91 yards via eight laterals to stun Duke, 30-27 in Durham. The win gave interim head coach Larry Scott a win in his first game.

As part of AutoNation’s history of charitable involvement, AutoNation will donate $1,000 to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) in Iowa State University’s name. This charitable college football initiative culminates with the AutoNation Cure Bowl, a new post-season NCAA football game that kicks off bowl season at the Citrus Bowl Stadium in Orlando, Fla., and will be aired by CBS Sports Network. The aptly named AutoNation Cure Bowl also serves as a fund raiser for the BCRF, CharityWatch’s only A+ rated breast cancer organization in the country.

“We want to celebrate the very best of college football, while also helping to raise awareness for the importance of finding a cure for cancer,” says AutoNation CMO Marc Cannon. “This season-long partnership with the FWAA, leading up to the AutoNation Cure Bowl, puts a spotlight on a cause that we’re determined to tackle.”

“In our 75th season of existence, this a marvelous platform to get our players and the team of the week series excellent exposure as well as helping AutoNation in its effort to fight cancer and contribute to the educational funds of deserving student-athletes,” said FWAA 2015 President Lee Barfknecht of the Omaha World-Herald. “It is very exciting to be able to help our organization as well as others in this splendid effort.”

The Football Writers Association of America has named a national team of the week since the 2002 season. This is the first season AutoNation has presented the award. Members of the FWAA All-America Committee decide the weekly honor. Each remaining Monday during the 2015 college football regular season, the FWAA will name a National Team of the Week. Members of the FWAA All-America Committee decide the weekly honor.

AutoNation is also the presenting sponsor of the FWAA’s national offensive and defensive players of the week  announced each Tuesday, the 2015 FWAA All-America Team and the 75th Anniversary FWAA All-America Team. The 2015 AutoNation FWAA All-America Team will be announced at the AutoNation Cure Bowl on Dec. 19.

About AutoNation, Inc.:
AutoNation is transforming the automotive retail industry through bold leadership. We deliver a peerless automotive retail experience through our customer-focused sales and service processes. Owning and operating 293 new vehicle franchises, which sell 35 new vehicle brands across 15 states, AutoNation is America’s largest automotive retailer, with state-of-the-art operations and the ability to leverage economies of scale that benefit the customer. As an indication of our leadership position in our industry, AutoNation is a component of the S&P 500 Index.

About the AutoNation Cure Bowl:
The AutoNation Cure Bowl a new post-season NCAA football game whose net proceeds benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. The AutoNation Cure Bowl takes place December 19 at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, and will be broadcast by CBS Sports Network. The bowl is scheduled to involve teams from the American Athletic and Sun Belt conferences.

About the Football Writers Association of America:
Founded in 1941, the FWAA consists of 1,400 men and women who cover college football. The membership includes journalists, broadcasters and publicists, as well as key executives in all the areas that involve the game. The FWAA works to govern areas that include game-day operations, major awards and its annual All-America team. For more information about the FWAA and its award programs, contact Steve Richardson at tiger@fwaa.com.

2015 AutoNation National Teams of the Week
• Weekend of Sept. 5: Temple Owls
• Weekend of Sept. 12: Toledo Rockets
• Weekend of Sept. 19: Ole Miss Rebels
• Weekend of Sept. 26: Utah Utes
• Weekend of Oct. 3: Florida Gators
• Weekend of Oct. 10: Texas Longhorns
• Weekend of Oct. 17: Memphis Tigers
• Weekend of Oct. 24: Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
• Weekend of Oct. 31: Iowa State Cyclones

WNBA’s Dallas Wings Introduced in DFW Metroplex

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Arlington, TX., November 2, 2015 – The Dallas Wings were introduced today by Full Court Partners, LLC,  the ownership group for the WNBA team relocating to the DFW Metroplex for the 2016 season.  The new name and team logo were revealed at a news conference and reception at College Park Center on the campus of the University of Texas at Arlington, which will serve as the team’s home court in 2016.

WNBA stars Skylar Diggins and Odyssey Sims, along with Dallas Wings Head Coach Fred Williams and NBA Deputy Commissioner & Chief Operating Officer Mark Tatum, joined the ownership group to reveal the much anticipated name and logo.

Business executive and investor Bill Cameron, who has owned the team for seven years, will remain Majority Owner and Chairman of the team.  Texas native Chris Christian, an award winning songwriter/record producer who was a driving force in bringing women’s professional basketball to the DFW Metroplex, will serve as Vice Chairman and Managing partner for the Dallas Wings.

“We are bringing to the metroplex a young and dynamic team with tremendous upside,” said Cameron.  “They are fun to watch and they will endear themselves to their new home.  The presence of Skylar and Odyssey today for this major announcement underscores the excitement of the team to represent this market in the WNBA.  These professional athletes are without a doubt some the finest athletes in the world.”

“This is an exciting time for the DFW Metroplex as women’s professional basketball returns after 30 years,” said Christian.  “The next generation of girls and boys will now have a new team of professional athletes to cheer for and inspire by their hard work, commitment, dedication, discipline and the love of competition.” Led by WNBA All-Star Diggins, leading scorer and Irving, Texas native Sims and 2015 WNBA All-Star Plenette Pierson, the Dallas Wings becomes the newest professional sports franchise in one of the most vibrant sports markets in the U.S. “We are thrilled to bring the WNBA to the DFW Metroplex, home to some of the most passionate basketball fans in the world,” said Tatum.  “As we prepare for our historic twentieth season, this is a very exciting time for the league and its teams, and we are pleased that the Dallas Wings will be part of the celebration.” The Dallas Wings will play its home games at College Park Center, a state-of-the-art 7,000-seat arena conveniently located on the campus of The University of Texas at Arlington. For more information on the franchise please visit Dallas Wings Basketball @DWingsHoopson Twitter or @DallasWingsBasketball on Instagram.

Semifinalists for 2015 Davey O’Brien Award announced

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FORT WORTH, Texas — After tabulating the results of the Davey O’Brien National Selection Committee’s ballots as well as the more than 2.5 million votes cast courtesy of the award’s fan vote, the semifinalists for the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award have been determined.

The Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award is presented annually to the best college quarterback, and is the nation’s oldest and most prestigious national quarterback award.

USC Cody Kessler standing tall in the pocket. Photo by Jordon Kelly
USC Cody Kessler standing tall in the pocket. Photo by Jordon Kelly

The 2015 semifinalists, in alphabetical order, are: Trevone Boykin (TCU), Connor Cook (Michigan State), Brandon Doughty (Western Kentucky), Luke Falk (Washington State), Jared Goff (California), Kevin Hogan (Stanford), Matt Johnson (Bowling Green), Cody Kessler (USC), Paxton Lynch (Memphis), Patrick Mahomes (Texas Tech), Baker Mayfield (Oklahoma), Dak Prescott (Mississippi State), Keenan Reynolds (Navy), Josh Rosen (UCLA), Seth Russell (Baylor), Greg Ward Jr. (Houston) and Deshaun Watson (Clemson).

In all, 17 names appear on the semifinalist list, but 16 will be eligible to win the Davey O’Brien Award. Russell was voted into the semifinalist group, but will miss the remainder of the season because of injury. Foundation guidelines allow for an injured player to be honored as a semifinalist and the quarterback with the next highest vote total also included.

The collection of semifinalists is comprised of eight seniors, five juniors, three sophomores and one freshman. The 17 teams own a combined record of 112-24 (.824) this season.

Jared Goff Pac 12 100 Years of Champions 1915 - 2015
Jared Goff Pac 12 Media Day (Photo by Jevone Moore/Full Image 360)

Three players–Boykin, Cook and Prescott–are semifinalists for the second consecutive year. Boykin and Prescott both became finalists in 2014. In addition, 10 were named to the 2015 preseason watch list: Boykin, Cook, Doughty, Goff, Hogan, Kessler, Lynch, Prescott, Reynolds and Watson.

Schools from eight conference affiliations (American, ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, C-USA, MAC, Pac-12 and SEC) make up the list. Three leagues have multiple honorees, led by the Pac-12 with five. The Big 12 (four) and the American (three) are next.

Four schools represented—Baylor, Houston, Oklahoma, UCLA—are home to previous Davey O’Brien Award winners.

After clearing the first round totals, the fan vote at VoteOBrien.org will reopen Tuesday, Nov. 3 and remain open until noon (CT) on Sunday, Nov. 22, for the second round of balloting. Fans are invited to cast their vote for the nation’s best college quarterback as often as they wish.

The Fan Vote counts as five percent during each round of the voting process, and is combined with the results from the Davey O’Brien National Selection Committee, which is comprised of journalists, broadcasters, commentators and former winners.

In conjunction with ESPN, the Davey O’Brien Foundation and the Selection Committee will release the names of the three finalists on Tuesday, Nov. 24. The 2015 Davey O’Brien winner will be announced live on The Home Depot College Football Awards Thursday, Dec. 10.

Previous winners include: Jim McMahon (BYU, 1981), Todd Blackledge (Penn State, 1982), Steve Young (BYU, 1983), Doug Flutie (Boston College, 1984), Chuck Long (Iowa, 1985), Vinny Testaverde (Miami, 1986), Don McPherson (Syracuse, 1987), Troy Aikman (UCLA, 1988), Andre Ware (Houston, 1989), Ty Detmer (BYU, 1990-91), Gino Torretta (Miami, 1992), Charlie Ward (Florida State, 1993), Kerry Collins (Penn State, 1994), Danny Wuerffel (Florida, 1995-96), Peyton Manning (Tennessee, 1997), Michael Bishop (Kansas State, 1998), Joe Hamilton (Georgia Tech, 1999), Chris Weinke (Florida State, 2000), Eric Crouch (Nebraska, 2001), Brad Banks (Iowa, 2002), Jason White (Oklahoma, 2003-04), Vince Young (Texas, 2005), Troy Smith (Ohio State, 2006), Tim Tebow (Florida, 2007), Sam Bradford (Oklahoma, 2008), Colt McCoy (Texas, 2009), Cam Newton (Auburn, 2010), Robert Griffin III (Baylor, 2011), Johnny Manziel (Texas A&M, 2012), Jameis Winston (Florida State, 2013) and Marcus Mariota (Oregon, 2014).

The 39th Annual Davey O’Brien Awards Dinner will be held Monday, Feb. 15, 2016, in Fort Worth, Texas.

 

–www.DaveyOBrien.org–

PAC-12 FOOTBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK 9

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Washington Huskies Linebacker Travis Feeney
Washington Huskies Linebacker Travis Feeney (Photo by Jevone Moore/Full Image 360)

SAN FRANCISCO – Quarterback Vernon Adams, Jr., of OREGON, linebacker Travis Feeney of WASHINGTON and kick returner Charles Nelson of OREGON have been named offensive, defensive and special teams Pac-12 Players of the Week in football.

Adams, Jr., a senior quarterback from Pasadena, Calif., threw for Oregon personal bests of 23 completions on 40 attempts, with 315 yards and 4 touchdowns in Oregon’s 61-55 triple-overtime win at Arizona State. He helped Oregon overcome deficits thrice, including an eight-yard touchdown pass with 12 seconds remaining in regulation to send the game to overtime. Adams, Jr., then completed a 20-yard touchdown pass to Bralon Addison in the third overtime for the eventual game winner.

Feeney, a senior outside linebacker from Richmond, Calif., led a Husky defense that held a high-powered Arizona offense to only three points, 38.8 points below its season average, and 330 yards of total offense, 205 yards below its season average. Feeney notched 11 tackles with nine coming solo, which included 4.5 tackles-for-loss and two sacks and forced two fumbles in the contest. This is Feeney’s second Defensive Player of the Week honors this season.

 

Nelson, a sophomore kick returner from Daytona Beach, Fla., recorded a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown late in the third quarter, cutting the Sun Devil lead to 31-27. He finished the game with four kickoff returns for 185 yards (46.3 average). Nelson had a game-high 15 tackles, and played a critical role in helping the Ducks only allow 16 yards on two punt returns and 50 yards on three kickoff returns.

Also nominated for Offensive Player of the Week: Nick Mitchell, QB, OSU; Kevin Hogan, QB, STAN; Jordan Payton, WR, UCLA; Jake Browning, QB, WASH; Also nominated for Defensive Player of the Week: Jonathan Willis, LB, OSU; Quenton Meeks, DB, STAN; Jayon Brown, LB, UCLA; Adoree’ Jackson, WR/CB/KR, USC; Also nominated for Special Teams Player of the Week; Nick Porebski, P, OSU; Conrad Ukropina, K, STAN; Stephen Johnson, WR/KR, UCLA; Andy Phillips, K, UTAH; Erik Powell, K, WSU

2015 Pac-12 Players of the Week

Week Offensive Defensive Special Teams
Sept. 7 Josh Rosen, UCLA Justin Thomas, UTAH Dante Pettis, WASH
Sept. 14 Luke Falk, WSU Gionni Paul, UTAH Bralon Addison, ORE
Sept. 21 Kevin Hogan, STAN Kenneth Olugbode, COLO Cory Butler-Byrd, UTAH
Sept. 28 Travis Wilson, UTAH Kyle Kragen, CAL Tom Hackett, UTAH
Oct. 5 Mike Bercovici, ASU Stefan McClure, CAL Matt Haack, ASU
Oct. 12 Devontae Booker, UTAH Travis Feeney, WASH Tom Hackett, UTAH
Oct. 19 Christian McCaffrey, STAN Shalom Luani, WSU Tim White, ASU
Oct. 26 Luke Falk, WSU Cameron Smith, USC Ka’imi Fairbairn, UCLA
Nov. 2 Vernon Adams, Jr., ORE Travis Feeney, WASH Charles Nelson, ORE

–USC UNVEILS PROPOSED PRELIMINARY PLANS TO RENOVATE COLISEUM

Proposed look for Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (courtesy photo from USC)

LOS ANGELES—The University of Southern California, as part of its long-term lease agreement, unveiled its proposed preliminary plans to renovate and restore the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum during a meeting today (Oct. 29) with the Coliseum Commission.

 

If approved by the Commission, a full project launch will be announced in the spring of 2016.  Construction would begin after the 2017 USC football season and completed for the 2019 football home opener, without impact to the 2018 season.

 

The estimated $270-million renovation will be privately funded by USC and USC will work to preserve the historic nature of the Coliseum.  The planned renovation would far exceed USC’s obligations under its lease agreement to invest $100 million in improvements by 2054, including $70 million over the next decade.

 

“The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum is a treasure not just for Los Angeles but for the state of California, and its renovation is long overdue,” said USC President C.L. Max Nikias. “Our Board of Trustees has enthusiastically endorsed our plans and we are pleased to now present them to the Coliseum Commission.  We believe these renovations will strengthen the Coliseum’s reputation as one of the world’s great venues, and also will enhance our world-class athletic programs that utilize the Coliseum.”

 

Said USC athletic director Pat Haden:  “We are committed to providing our players, coaches and fans with one of the best facilities in the nation.  This needed renovation to a stadium built in 1923 will ensure that the game-day experience gives all fans options to enjoy the stadium’s new amenities while recognizing the loyalty of our long-time fans.  It also will provide our football team with a first-class facility and a home field advantage.”

 

The planned renovations include:

 

–Replacing every seat in the stadium and installing handrails throughout the stadium.

 

–Adding aisles, widening seats and increasing leg room in many sections.

 

–Building a new structure on the south side of the stadium that will include suites, loge boxes, club seats, a new concourse, and a new

press box.

 

–Restoring the iconic peristyle to more closely resemble the stadium’s original design.

 

–Updating Wi-Fi technology throughout the venue.

 

–Improving audio and video, including two new large screens at the east end of the stadium.

 

–Adding new concession stands, and improving existing stands.

 

–Upgrading entry concourses.

 

–Installing new field and stadium lighting.

 

–Replacing the electrical, mechanical and plumbing systems to meet current standards.

 

The renovation will be funded entirely by USC Athletics from capital gifts, sponsorship revenue, non-USC events at the Coliseum and donor naming opportunities.  It will not require any student fees or general university, local, state or federal funds.

 

The improvements to the stadium seating and aisles will reduce seating capacity from 93,607 to approximately 77,500.  Student and band seats will not be relocated and USC will work to upgrade the student experience.

 

USC Athletics is committed to providing affordable seating options to all Trojan fans.  Approximately two thirds of the seating in the renovated Coliseum will not require any capital donation.  It is anticipated that the remaining inventory will be designated for supporters who make a one-time capital gift and are members of the Trojan Athletic Fund.

 

Those interested in receiving renovation updates, including renderings, seating options and amenities, can visit www.coliseumrenovation.com to register to become a “Coliseum Renovation Insider.”

 

Trojan Athletic Fund members and season ticket holders need not register, as they will be the first to receive project updates.  They also will have priority to select seating, commensurate with membership level and years of support.

 

“We are committed to completing this process in the most fan-friendly manner possible, recognizing the loyalty of our Trojan Athletic Fund members and long-time season ticket holders and providing a wide variety of seating options,” said Haden.

 

In the summer of 2013, USC received approval from the Coliseum Commission and the Board of Directors of the California Science Center to allow the transaction between the university and the state of California for USC to begin operating and renovating the Coliseum.

 

USC has been a tenant in the Coliseum since the historic stadium opened in 1923.  The Coliseum last had substantial renovations 20 years ago, when $93 million was spent to repair damages sustained during Southern California’s 1994 earthquake and then another $6 million was spent to construct a new press box in 1995.  Prior to that, the Coliseum underwent $15 million in renovations in 1993 when the stadium’s floor was lowered, new rows of seats were added down low and locker rooms and public restrooms were upgraded.

 

In its history, the Coliseum has hosted two Olympics, two Super Bowls, a World Series, a Papal Mass and visits by three U.S. Presidents.  Besides USC football, the stadium has served at one time as the home to UCLA football, the pro football franchises of the Rams, Dons, Chargers, Raiders, Express and Xtreme, and baseball’s Los Angeles Dodgers.  It also has been the site of various other events, including concerts and international soccer.

 

The Coliseum currently is participating in a “zero waste initiative” in conjunction with USC’s Office of Sustainability and the Green Sports Alliance.

UCLA Squeezes By The Buffaloes

Oct. 31, 2015 - Pasadena, CA, USA - second half of the Colorado vs UCLA game at Rose Bowl Saturday Oct. 31, 2015 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Jevone Moore/Full Image 360)
Oct. 31, 2015 - Pasadena, CA, USA - Ucla Bruins defensive back Nate Meadors (22) with interception with :51 left in second half of the Colorado vs UCLA game at Rose Bowl Saturday Oct. 31, 2015 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Jevone Moore/Full Image 360)
Oct. 31, 2015 – Pasadena, CA, USA – Ucla Bruins defensive back Nate Meadors (22) with interception with :51 left in second half of the Colorado vs UCLA game at Rose Bowl Saturday Oct. 31, 2015 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Jevone Moore/Full Image 360)

Pasadena, Ca – Homecoming weekend for the UCLA Bruins, and Halloween day for the rest of the world. The visiting Colorado Buffaloes were here to face their first top 25 ranked team this season in the Bruins. The famous UCLA 1965 Conference Champions team was in attendance with quarterback Heisman Trophy winner Gary Beban.

The Bruins held 4 point lead with the ball on 46 yard line 1st and 10 when Sefo Liufau pass intercepted by Nate Meadors returned for 4 yards to the 50 yard line with :51 seconds on clock. The UCLA Bruins held on for 35-31 victory and now are bowl eligible with 6-2 on season.

Oct. 31, 2015 - Pasadena, CA, USA - Ucla Bruin defense lineman Takkarist McKinley (98) hurring the passer in the second half of the Colorado vs UCLA game at Rose Bowl Saturday Oct. 31, 2015 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Jevone Moore/Full Image 360)
Oct. 31, 2015 – Pasadena, CA, USA – Ucla Bruin defense lineman Takkarist McKinley (98) hurring the passer in the second half of the Colorado vs UCLA game at Rose Bowl Saturday Oct. 31, 2015 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Jevone Moore/Full Image 360)

UCLA head coach Jim Mora lead his post game press conference off with all names of players that went down and who played and stepped up in their place and finished opening statement with, “Today was a great team win…by a bunch of warriors!” On both sides of the ball players made plays, UCLA had three different running back score touchdown in the game (Paul Perkins, Soso Jamabo, Nate Starks).

The fi360 News player of the game was corner back Ishmael Adams who had big 96 yard interception return for a touchdown. The play in second quarter gave Bruins the 14-0 lead and the confidence of let’s go! The rest of the defense kept Colorado out of the end zone and only allowed two field goals by the half 21-6.

Oct. 31, 2015 - Pasadena, CA, USA - Colorado Buffalo qb Sefo Liufau about to hand off in the second half of the Colorado vs UCLA game at Rose Bowl Saturday Oct. 31, 2015 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Jevone Moore/Full Image 360)
Oct. 31, 2015 – Pasadena, CA, USA – Colorado Buffalo qb Sefo Liufau about to hand off in the second half of the Colorado vs UCLA game at Rose Bowl Saturday Oct. 31, 2015 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Jevone Moore/Full Image 360)

This Colorado team lead by junior signal caller Sefo Liufau marched a strong comeback in second half. Liufau had 357 total yards (312 passing  / 45 rushing ) and had bunch key short runs for first downs to keep the defense honest. Local prep star from Chaminade Donovan Lee had good game once he got going from a reserve spot  with 78 yards and touchdown in the game.

Oct. 31, 2015 - Pasadena, CA, USA - Ucla Bruin defense sacking Colorado Sefo Liufau (13) in the second half of the Colorado vs UCLA game at Rose Bowl Saturday Oct. 31, 2015 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Jevone Moore/Full Image 360)
Oct. 31, 2015 – Pasadena, CA, USA – Ucla Bruin defense sacking Colorado Sefo Liufau (13) in the second half of the Colorado vs UCLA game at Rose Bowl Saturday Oct. 31, 2015 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Jevone Moore/Full Image 360)

“It is frustrating when you feel like you controlled the game, but didn’t come out on top,” Colorado coach Mike MacIntyre said. This team has made great strides from last year and will continue to learn from these tough losses. It was only 25 years ago that the Buffs were National Champions, it time to return to greatness.

The UCLA Bruins will prepare this week to face a gritty Oregon State in Corvallis  next Saturday at 1:30pm. The Colorado Buffaloes will host Stanford at home at 10am for an earlier start.

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Serra Khalil Tate Dominates Alemany

Alemany Warriors vs Serra Cavaliers
Alemany Warriors vs Serra Cavaliers (Photo by Jevone Moore/Full Image 360)
Oct 30, 2015 Serra's Khalil Tate (14) on way to 87 yard TD run on Alemany during a game played at Serra High in Gardena, Ca. (Photo by Jevone Moore/Full Image 360)
Oct 30, 2015 Serra’s Khalil Tate (14) on way to 87 yard TD run on Alemany during a game played at Serra High in Gardena, Ca. (Photo by Jevone Moore/Full Image 360)

Gardena, Ca – It was time to hold off a very hungry Alemany coming off 3 tough losses for the first time in coach Dean Herrington career. Serra did just that with a dominating 41-34 victory to capture the Mission League title outright for back to back years.  The star of the night Khalil Tate who accounted for 500 of Serra 594 total offense yards.

Tonight’s victory was Serra head coach Scott Altenberg 161 career win. This week Altenberg message was clear “Character”, wanting his team not to lose focus and be smart. It looks like the team responded and let its words be spoken by their play.

 Oct 30, 2015 Serra's Kobe Smith (80) celebrating first half TD catch on Alemany during a game played at Serra High in Gardena, Ca. (Photo by Jevone Moore/Full Image 360)
Oct 30, 2015 Serra’s Kobe Smith (80) celebrating first half TD catch on Alemany during a game played at Serra High in Gardena, Ca. (Photo by Jevone Moore/Full Image 360)

This was a game of two different half’s, which started out as 27-27 shoot out to began the game. Alemany Sophomore quarterback Brevin White had an efficient first half completing 10/14 passes.   While Serra explode on the scoreboard first with 33 yards TD, followed by quick strike Alemany responds with 51 yards catch by Jarrin Pierce. With score tied already 7-7 and there was still 10:17 on clock in first half. Alemany kicks off to Serra and steals the onside kick and goes on short field for a score. On the next play White connects with Johnny Edwards and 14-7 lead still in first quarter and 9:20 left.

 Oct 30, 2015 Alemany Jarrin Pierce (3) running after a catch on Serra during a game played at Serra High in Gardena, Ca. (Photo by Jevone Moore/Full Image 360)
Oct 30, 2015 Alemany Jarrin Pierce (3) running after a catch on Serra during a game played at Serra High in Gardena, Ca. (Photo by Jevone Moore/Full Image 360)

The Cavaliers showed poise all night not getting to low or high with the game swinging back and forth. There was plenty of fireworks and hard hits, great grabs, and speed on speed.  One Tate big targets was Kobe Smith who had 3 catches for 126 yards and two touchdowns, one being an exciting 4th & 13 touchdown grabs that seem to set the tone of the game.

After the teams emerged from the locker room both teams defense stepped up in second half. Serra man child defensive end Oluwole Betiku who finished with 5 sacks for the game. They started to move him around more to avoid the double teams that he was facing in first half. Quarterback Tate was slowed down as much as speed bump on a side street still managed to find few more creases in the Alemany defense. The Cavaliers were all smiles knowing they had taking Alemany best shot and came away victorious.

 Oct 30, 2015 Serra's Isaiah Diego-Williams (15) in open field on way to a TD run before a flag against Alemany during a game played at Serra High in Gardena, Ca. (Photo by Jevone Moore/Full Image 360)
Oct 30, 2015 Serra’s Isaiah Diego-Williams (15) in open field on way to a TD run before a flag against Alemany during a game played at Serra High in Gardena, Ca. (Photo by Jevone Moore/Full Image 360)

Serra now moves its record to 8-1 on the season and will finish the season on the road traveling next week to Chaminade before CIFSS playoffs seedlings meeting. Then Alemany moves to 6-3 and will host Norte Dame with an outside chance to gain an at-large bid for the playoffs if they can win.

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