Teddy Wayne Randall

first_imgTeddy Wayne Randall, 61, of Lawrenceburg, formerly of Aurora,IN passed away on Saturday, September 3, 2016 in OH.He was born on October 8, 1954 to the late Glenn and Dorothy (Green) Randall at Lawrenceburg, Indiana.Teddy worked for White Water Processing Plant for 12 years. He also worked at Hidden Valley Golf Course for 12 years He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints. Teddy enjoyed fishing, camping, riding his scooter, CB Radios, collecting guns, lighters, and keys. Teddy was a bit of a rebel, he loved the Confederate flag and considered it a part of history. He loved his wallet with chains and key chains, skull and cross bone emblems, and other things that set him apart as “Teddy”. Teddy loved animals, his guinea pig was a constant companion. He especially loved his time spent with family, which was his most precious gift. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him. .Teddy is survived by his loving spouse, Karen Kimmon Randall, seven children, Teddy “Peter” Randall Hussung and Lana Chandler (Eric Amrhein)both of Lawrencebuurg, IN, Theodore Glenn “TC” Colman Randall, Katie Randall (Michael Hollin), David Nelson Randall all of Aurora IN, Jamie (Shawn) Emerson of Greendale, IN, Jessica (Aubrey) Whitaker of Moores Hill, IN; Sibling; Russell (Violet) Randall of Greendale, IN, Libby (Wilfred )Hussung of Aurora, IN, Kay (Vernon) Cartwright of North Vernon, IN, Joyce (Jimmy) Young of Lawrenceburg, IN, Rita (Late, John) Gregory of Detroit, MI,and Bonnie Laird of Lawrenceburg, IN; grandchildren, Tiffany Bryant, Savanna Jones, Pyper, Xavier & Jasamin Chandler, Layla Conrad, Destiny Amrhein, Tyler & Logan Jones, Aiden & Sofia Emerson and Brittany Whitaker; great granddaughter, Claire Jones and another great grandchild on the way. He was preceded in death by parents, Glenn & Dorothy Randall., siblings: Shirley, Jackie, Dale, Nelson, Patsy, Leroy, and Sandy Randall and Debbie Baker.Visitation will be held Wednesday, September 7, 2016, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm at Rullman Hunger Funeral Home, Aurora, Indiana.Funeral services will be held on Thursday, September 8, 2016, 11:00 am at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 6168 Martha Drive, Aurora, Indiana.Burial will be at River View Cemetery in Aurora at the family’s convenience.Memorials are suggested to the Lauren Hill “The Cure Starts Now” or the family to cover burial expenses. If unable to attend, please contact the funeral home office at 812-926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Visit; www.rullmans.comlast_img read more

500th event in Deery Series history on 2019 IMCA Late Model tour schedule

first_imgOpening night of the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s sees the tour in action at Boone Speedway on Monday, Sept. 2. 34 Raceway at West Burlington hosts the Satur­day, Sept. 21 show; the final checkers fly on Saturday, Sept. 28 at Davenport Speedway’s Gover­nor’s Cup, to be contested on the quarter-mile track. Seventeen events are on the schedule for the 2019 IMCA Late Model tour. With 490 races in the record book through its first 32 seasons, the series should celebrate its milestone 500th event some time in August.  A draw/redraw format will be used with no passing points given in 2019. Heat race winners earn free entry to the next series event.  “We are seeing an increase in the number of events held, with both the return of tracks to the schedule and tracks hosting multiple series dates,” IMCA President Brett Root noted. “The 2019 schedule is symbolic of the positive direction our Late Model division is taking. Deery Brothers will return as title sponsor and we can’t thank them enough for their continued support. They’ve been instrumental in making this series happen for 28 years.”  Cedar County Raceway at Tipton hosts the Saturday, April 20 show. The tour is at Independence Motor Speedway on Saturday, April 27. Quad City Speedway at East Moline, Ill., is site of the Sunday, May 26 Memorial Weekend event.  Benton County Speedway in Vinton rolls out the red carpet for the Thursday, June 27 Benton County Fair event. CJ Speedway at Columbus Junction hosts the series on Wednesday, July 17. Fayette County Speedway at West Union welcomes the tour back on Wednesday, July 24.  A minimum of $2,000 will be paid to win and $300 to start, with a purse of $13,000 and $50 entry fee for each standard event. Darrel DeFrance of Marshalltown has competed at every event in series history. Justin Kay of Wheatland is the three-time and defending series champion. The Deery Series opens on the half-mile oval at Davenport Speedway’s Rebel 5K on Friday, April 12. A tripleheader weekend continues Saturday, April 13 at Maquoketa Speedway and Sun­day, April 14 at Dubuque Speedway.  The series last traveled to Donnellson in 2010 and to Quincy in 2011. Dubuque, Independence and West Liberty all return to the schedule after a one-year absence. VINTON, Iowa – The Deery Brothers Summer Series reaches another milestone this season, with the 500th event of its storied history. A busy August sees the series at Lee County Speedway in Donnellson on Friday, Aug. 2; at Maquo­keta Speedway on Saturday, Aug. 10; at Quad City Speedway on Sunday, Aug. 11; at Quincy, Ill., Raceway on Sunday, Aug. 18; and at West Liberty Raceway on Saturday, Aug. 24.  Main event winners receive 50 points with one less point given for each following place finisher. Non-qualifiers receive 20 points. Deery Series points will not be applied to IMCA Late Model national, state or track standings. last_img read more

Steroid investigation underway in Hidden Valley and Aurora

first_imgLawrenceburg, In. — Dearborn/Ohio County prosecutor Lynn Deddens says an investigation into the suspected sale and/or manufacture of steroids is underway in Hidden Valley and Aurora. So far, Indiana State Police have executed two search warrants in the ongoing investigation.More information about the case revealed after formal charges are filed.last_img

Millen concerned after Moody blow

first_img Mackay was all set to be appointed Tony Pulis’ successor at Palace, until news of the FA investigation broke. Millen admitted Moody’s departure could unsettle Palace still further, as the club seeks a replacement for Pulis, who walked out on the eve of the season after rowing with the board over transfers. “Iain was brought in to do a job to recruit and scout players, and Iain was experienced at that job,” said Millen, admitting Moody’s departure leaves a chasm at Selhurst Park. “The chairman will now have to look at that situation, to see whether he wants to bring someone in.” Palace’s managerial search is back to square one after the FA investigation ruled Mackay out of the running, with Chris Hughton now among the new contenders. Millen admitted Mackay’s managerial style would have suited the Selhurst Park club perfectly. “Malky has got a good track record: I think he’s used to working with players that want to work hard for him,” said Millen, who will take charge of Saturday’s home Premier League clash with West Ham. “The way he set his teams up they were successful and organised. Iain Moody’s resignation could further damage Crystal Palace’s bid for Premier League stability, according to the club’s caretaker manager Keith Millen. “And that’s our DNA as a club and a squad, to make sure we work hard for each other, there’s a great togetherness in the group. “That really suits the type of players we’ve got here. “Whoever comes in will need to work within those boundaries. “Each day something’s unfolded, something’s come out, so it’s been difficult. “I had a brief chat with the players today about staying focused, and the lads have been fine, they are resilient as a group.” Palace will chase their first points of the season on Saturday after losing out 2-1 at Arsenal on the opening weekend of the new Premier League season. Millen rejected claims Palace’s extended search for a new boss will damage their Premier League credentials. Millen took the assistant manager role at home town club Palace when Ian Holloway took control in November 2012. The 47-year-old took temporary charge when Holloway was sacked a year later, then stayed on at Selhurst Park under Pulis. Still keen on securing the manager’s job full-time, Millen said only immediate results will sway the board’s thinking in his favour. “I don’t think all this weakens us no, we’ve got the same group of players,” he said. “They trust me and the way we set things up. “The set-up is here, so there are no excuses. “We’ll continue setting up the team until we’re told otherwise. “If we get some results the chairman may then decide I tick enough boxes to take the team forward.” Millen said he will continue to hold regular meetings with co-chairman Steve Parish over transfer targets, mindful of the fast-approaching September 1 deadline. “That’s the tricky part,” said Millen on planning transfers without recruitment specialist Moody. “We speak about players all the time: and we need to look at the kind of players that will suit our style of play. “If we can come up with some names, then at least whoever takes over, we can at least say, this is what we feel we need. “So we’ll keep doing that, there will be a meeting this afternoon and then there will be more discussions on that topic.” Moody resigned as Palace’s sporting director on Thursday, amid allegations of sexism and homophobia against him and Malky Mackay during their time at Cardiff. The Football Association has confirmed an investigation into the dossier of allegations submitted to the governing body by Cardiff bosses. Press Associationlast_img read more

Guyana Jaguars name squad for Scorpions encounter

first_imgLEON Johnson will lead the Guyana Jaguars charge as they seek to defend their PCL /Digicel Sportsmax Regional four-day title in first round action.The team which has Vishaul Singh as vice-captain will play its first round match at the Providence Stadium on Friday against the Jamaica Scorpions, who were due to arrive in Guyana last night..Also named in the squad is former West Indies captain and batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul, his son Tagenarine and former West Indies Under-19 captain Shimron Hetmyer.Rajendra Chandrika, Raymon Reifer, Anthony Bramble, Veerasammy Permaul, Devendra Bishoo, Gudakesh Motie,,Keon Joseph and Christopher Barnwell have all been named in squad.The head coach of the unit is Esuan Crandon with Rayon Griffith playing the role of Assistant Coach/Manager and Beverley Nelson as the Physiotherapist.Friday’s game commences at 09:30.hrslast_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgThe Swiss attorney general’s office on Saturday confirmed reports they intend to close an investigation into how Blatter and soccer governing body FIFA awarded World Cup broadcast rights in the Caribbean in 2005.The decision is the latest example in recent weeks of the Swiss FIFA cases stalling, while the separate and cooperating American investigation sparked back into life with new indictments and fresh allegations of World Cup bid bribery.The criminal proceeding against Blatter was opened 4 ½ years ago and helped remove him from the presidential office he held for more than 17 years. He is serving a six-year FIFA ban from soccer.The Swiss prosecution office says a second criminal proceeding against Blatter — for a $2 million payment he authorized to FIFA vice president Michel Platini in 2011 for uncontracted salary — remains open.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Rizzo says no players for the reigning World Series champions have shown any symptoms of COVID-19 at any point and so no one has been tested. He said the team’s medical staff checks in each day with every player and staff member.Rizzo said the ailing employee was at the team’s spring training facility in West Palm Beach, Florida, and now is home after his quarantine ended. Rizzo said the employee is fever-free and symptom-free.In other news related to the coronavirus pandemic:— The XFL has suspended operations and laid off its employees. Employees were told of the layoffs Friday during an in-house conference call. The upstart league backed by WWE canceled the remainder of its season last month because of the coronavirus pandemic, but promised to be back in 2021. The moves have left the league’s future in doubt. The XFL has eight franchises and played five games out of a planned 10-game schedule.— The Arizona Coyotes will furlough half of the organization’s employees with the NHL season on hold due to the coronavirus outbreak. The furloughs began Friday and will last through June 30. The Coyotes say all furloughed employees will continue to receive 100% of health benefits. April 11, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNHL-OILERS-CAVE DIESOilers’ Colby Cave dies at 25TORONTO (AP) — Edmonton Oilers forward Colby Cave died Saturday after a brain bleed this week. He was 25. — The Orlando Magic’s home arena will become a distribution center for medical equipment and supplies as part of the ongoing response to the coronavirus pandemic. The Amway Center will be a hub for equipment and supplies that will go to 50 hospitals in Central Florida as well as facilities in seven other states.— The American Hockey League’s Syracuse Crunch has loaned two sanitation machines to a local hospital to see if they could help clean personal protective equipment worn by hospital staff. The Crunch uses one of the machines in its locker room and the other to clean equipment but doesn’t need them right now with sports on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic. Turns out they’re a good fit at Upstate University Hospital.FIFA INVESTIGATION-BLATTERSwiss prosecutors intend to drop 1 FIFA case against BlatterGENEVA (AP) — Former FIFA (FEE’-fuh) president Sepp Blatter has won a legal victory in his fight since 2015 against Swiss allegations of criminal mismanagement. Federal prosecutors in Switzerland plan to drop one of two cases open against him. Cave was placed in a medically induced coma Tuesday at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto, where he was taken after being admitted to a hospital in Barrie, Ontario, on Monday. Cave underwent emergency surgery Tuesday, a removal of a colloid cyst that was causing pressure on his brain.The NHL club confirmed Cave’s death with a statement from his family.Cave scored once in 11 appearances with Edmonton this season. He had 11 goals and 23 points in 44 games with the American Hockey League’s Bakersfield Condors this season.Cave played five seasons with the Western Hockey League’s Swift Current Broncos, where he saw time as captain, before joining the Boston Bruins’ organization for the 2014-15 season after going undrafted. The Oilers claimed Cave off waivers in January of 2019. He had four goals and five assists over 67 NHL games with Boston and Edmonton.NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said of Cave: “Undrafted but undaunted, Colby was relentless in the pursuit of his hockey dream.”center_img WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL-MISSISSIPPI STATE-MCCRAY-PENSONMississippi State hires Nikki McCray-Penson as women’s coachSTARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi State has hired former Old Dominion women’s basketball coach Nikki McCray-Penson to replace Vic Schafer as the Bulldogs’ head coach.McCray-Penson, a Women’s Basketball Hall of Famer, was 53-40 the past three years at Old Dominion. The Lady Monarchs posted consecutive 20-win seasons under McCray, including 24-6 overall and 14-4 in Conference USA last season, when she was conference coach of the year.McCray-Penson previously spent nine seasons as a South Carolina assistant under Dawn Staley. Update on the latest sports McCray’s challenge in Starkville is keeping the powerhouse program in Southeastern Conference and national championship contention after Schaefer led the Bulldogs to consecutive runner-up appearances in 2017 and ’18.Schaefer left MSU for Texas after going 221-62, with a 27-6 finish and the No. 9 ranking last season, which ended abruptly because of the coronavirus pandemic.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSNationals report 1 positive test, not a playerUNDATED (AP) — Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo says a non-playing team employee tested positive for the coronavirus and is “on the road to getting better.” Associated Press last_img read more

PCP: Biggest gold glove snub

first_imgBleachThe New York Yankees just bought themselves a World Series.Apparently they can buy awards as well.According to ESPN Tuesday night, shortstop Derek Jeter will be receiving the AL Gold Glove for the fourth time in his career.And just when I thought sabermetrics — aka, looking at baseball accurately — was taking hold of baseball, the coaches and general managers go and name the guy with the fifth best UZR rating in the American League.Oh, that’s right, Jeter hit the ball well, which is totally a part of the Gold Glove award process.But if we are looking at the Gold Glove award on a purely defensive basis — I know, quite silly — then the winner must be Texas Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus who came in second in the AL with a +11.7 UZR rating and played in 145 games, as opposed to the 107 Cesar Izturis saw time in.Alas, though, Andrus wouldn’t even be considered for the award because he finished the year with 22 errors — largely a factor of him reaching more balls in the infield than any other shortstop. In fact, Andrus put out 56 more batters than Jeter did.Coaches were already pretty much useless in pro baseball; now they are a hindrance.Rewarding Jeter once again for being fairly mediocre in the field needs to stop. The Yankees already have a competitive advantage over the field — let’s not give them awards they don’t deserve.Elvis has come out of hiding, let’s reward him for doing so.BraunWith the AL Gold Glove winners announced yesterday, it only makes sense to rip on the idiots who snubbed the deserved candidates.Yeah, Derek Jeter only got the award because his last name is Jeter and he’s the poster boy of the world champions and Placido Polanco once again proved he can field a routine ground ball.Really, you could make a case for every player who received the award, except for one: Adam Jones.Seriously, former NFL defensive back Adam “Pacman” Jones made more spectacular defensive plays than his MLB counterpart.I sort of understand where the voters are coming from on this one. Jones had a breakout season during which he batted .277 with 77 RBIs and 19 home runs.Well isn’t that just swell.When he was informed about winning the award, Jones said, “It was a shock to me.”Really? Well then maybe you didn’t deserve it.I know it’s difficult to calculate an outfielder’s range, but take a look a Franklin Gutierrez, for example. The Mariners’ center fielder did have three fewer outfield assists than Jones, but he also had nearly 100 more putouts.Wait. 100? Yeah. Jones is yet another example of the voters’ decision to take a players’ offensive numbers into account when determining defensive prowess.Jones will probably be a great hitter for years to come, but if I had my choice for defense, Gutierrez would be at the top of my list.last_img read more

Men’s basketball looks to win out at home

first_imgFollowing a tough two-game road trip that ended in losses for the USC men’s basketball team, the Trojans will return home for their final two home games of the season.The Trojans (10-17, 2-13) were blown out by No. 7 Arizona on Thursday night 87-57. After keeping the game close for the first 10 minutes, USC watched Arizona end the half on a 20-8 run.Coming out of halftime, the Wildcats started where they left off. Led by freshman star Stanley Johnson, Arizona opened the half on a 12-0 run, extended the lead to 30 points and never looked back.The Trojans played a much better all-around game on Sunday against the Arizona State Sun Devils. USC came out sloppy, falling behind by as many as six, and trailed at the half 27-24. However, the Trojans came out of the half a team on a mission.Led by some great team basketball and a balanced offense, the Trojans grabbed the lead early in the second half. The Trojans let another close game slip away in the closing minutes, however. Arizona State guard Tra Holder hit a 3-pointer to tie the game at 56 with 1:50 to play, then assisted on another to put the Sun Devils up for good.Before the game, USC sent home starting guard Katin Reinhardt and bench players Chass Bryan and Devon Pflueger for a violation of team rules. Freshman Jordan McLaughlin, who leads the team in assists, was forced to miss the road trip due to injury.Reinhardt and McLaughlin’s absence paved the way for sophomore Kahlil Dukes to emerge in the rotation. Dukes led the team in scoring against Arizona State with 18 points, including four 3-pointers, and chipped in three rebounds and two assists.The Trojans late game collapse against the Sun Devils was just another chapter in a familiar book for head coach Andy Enfield. The Trojans have given away games to Oregon, Oregon State and Stanford, were beaten at the buzzer by Cal, and lost to Colorado in triple overtime. A few bounces go their way, and we’re talking about a team in the middle of the Pac-12 race.“I’m certainly optimistic about where we are as a program and what we’re going to do in the future,” Enfield said. “But at the same time, we would like to be on the other side of these once in a while.”Luckily for the Trojans, the two teams currently at the bottom of the Pac-12 standings with USC, Washington and Washington State, will be coming to the Galen Center this weekend.The Washington State Cougars (11-15, 5-9) will make the trek down the Pacific coastline to take on the Trojans. The Cougars, who lost four of their last five, will be looking for a win to improve their seeding for the upcoming Pac-12 tournament. The Cougars could finish anywhere from 11th seed to the eighth seed.Meanwhile, the Trojans will look to gain some momentum heading into the tournament, as well as get some healthy bodies back. McLaughlin’s return date is still up in the air, but sophomore transfer Katin Reinhardt should return for the game against the Cougars.In McLaughlin’s absence, fellow freshman Elijah Stewart has stepped up his game. In the three games since McLaughlin went down, Stewart is averaging 12 points, four rebounds, three blocks, two assists, and one-half steals, in just over 30 minutes. Stewart is one of two guards, along with Oregon State’s Gary Payton II, to be in the Pac-12’s top 10 in blocks per game.However, sophomore Nikola Jovanovic has been in quite a slump as of late. The second-year forward from Serbia has been outmanned in his two previous matchups against the Arizona schools.Washington State is led by the one two punch of guard DaVonte Lacy, currently fourth in scoring in the Pac-12, and Josh Hawkinson, the only player in the Pac-12 currently averaging a double-double. After those two players, the Cougars are relatively thin, however, having no other player averaging double figures.The Trojans will actually size up pretty well against the Cougars, not a common trend this season. The Cougars only have one player above six-foot-10 and lack a true center much like the Trojans. The Trojans will need to continue their team play, especially if McLaughlin and Reinhardt are unavailable, if they hope to get a much-needed win.The Trojans and Cougars will tip off this Wednesday, Feb. 25 at 7 p.m. The game will air on the Pac-12 Network.last_img read more

Final Grades: Might not be best on field, but Wisconsin football No. 1 in classroom

first_imgThe University of Wisconsin football team may not be No. 1 in the rankings, but it is in the classroom.According to the Academic Progress Rate rankings released Wednesday, the Badgers’ football team finished first in the nation with a score of 998 (out of 1,000) over the last three years.That score placed them ahead of other academically reputable institutions such as Northwestern (992), Duke (992), Michigan (990) and Stanford (987).Wisconsin football now has placed in the top 10 percent in APR for the last three years, one of only six schools to accomplish this feat.Men’s Basketball and Football Perfect This YearThe men’s basketball team and football squad were two of eight UW teams to earn a perfect score of 1,000.The other six were men’s golf, men’s tennis, women’s golf, women’s hockey, softball and volleyball.Overall, 10 of UW’s 23 programs achieved an APR of 990, while 19 of the programs were at their sport’s average or higher.What is APR?Installed by the NCAA in 2003, APR is a way of measuring student-athletes’ academic eligibility and retention rate with the goal of holding institutions accountable.To calculate APR, a point is awarded for the student-athlete staying in school and another point if he or she remains eligible. Then, those points are divided by the number of points possible and multiplied by 1,000.If programs don’t reach a specified benchmark, it could result in penalties such as the loss of scholarships or playoff bans.last_img read more

USC beats Utah by 17 in Pac-12 contest

first_imgIn their first game since publicly announcing that De’Anthony Melton will be unavailable for the rest of the season, the Trojans played with fire and fury on Sunday. Although they quickly trailed 6-0 to the Utah Utes (10-7, 2-4), the Trojans responded with a 10-0 run. After allowing a 3-point shot, which put the score at 10-9, USC then went on a 22-6 run and never relinquished its double-digit lead. The Trojans defeated the Utes, 84-67, but the game was effectively over at halftime with the Trojans up 46- 22.Junior forward Chimezie Metu’s field goal percentage has been down over the last two games, but he continues to score effectively. Tal Volk | Daily TrojanSophomore guard Jonah Mathews called this a “statement” game both about Melton and Utah. Prior to tonight, Utah had defeated USC in eight consecutive matchups dating back to 2012 when Kevin O’Neill was still USC’s head coach. “They were talking trash throughout the game about how we couldn’t beat them,” Mathews said, “… even when they were down 20.” Head coach Andy Enfield joked that USC’s losing streak came to an end because Utah’s best players are now in the NBA. The Utes wore “Kuzmania” warm-up shirts before tip-off, as if to send a message to the Trojans that alumnus Kyle Kuzma, now a Lakers rookie, runs Los Angeles. USC did not buy that message. “We tried to keep our composure and let the scoreboard talk for us,” Mathews said. In the midst of an up-and-down year, USC earned a decisive Pac-12 victory. “It was one of our best games so far,” redshirt junior Shaqquan Aaron added. USC channeled the emotion into a phenomenal defensive effort, forcing 17 turnovers. “Our defense helped us get out to a lead and gave us confidence,” Enfield said. The Trojans committed only seven turnovers. The plus-10 turnover margin gave them 10 extra possessions throughout the game, effectively the cause for a double-digit scoring margin. USC also started red hot from beyond the arc, converting eight of its first 12 3-point attempts and finishing with a season-high 14 3-point shots made. Eight different players made 3-point shots. Another consequence of USC’s announcement that Melton is out for the year is that USC finally has its full roster available. Aside from Melton’s absence, earlier this season, USC missed sophomore guard Derryck Thornton for six weeks due to a shoulder injury and junior forwards Bennie Boatwright and Chimezie Metu with a suspension and ejection. Now, Enfield can be certain that the rotations he uses each night will be ones that should be available in March. He also has a lot of depth to draw upon. The Trojans scored 46 first-half points without having a single double-digit scorer. Mathews, who had 8 in the half, would end up leading the team with 17. Boatwright, who had only 2 points in the first half, finished with 13, and five other Trojans scored 9 or more points. After sweeping the Rocky Mountain schools, the Trojans are a 50-foot buzzer beater (at Stanford) away from being first place in the Pac-12. “It’s better to have your losses at the beginning,” Aaron said. He said he believes USC is still a national championship contender.While USC has its full lineup, Boatwright and, especially, Metu appear at risk of garnering more suspensions. They each picked up a technical foul late in Wednesday’s game.“We hope Chimezie can control his emotions and not hurt the team,” Enfield said. The star center’s energy is two-fold. While it gets him in trouble, it also motivates his teammates.“When he is screaming, he gets us all fired up,” Aaron said. For USC and Metu, a high-intensity, smack-talking reputation could precede the team to their upcoming Pac-12 games. This, after Metu’s suspension at Washington State, his boisterous comments and Enfield’s late timeout at the end of the Colorado game, and a chippy technical for words directed at Utah’s Jayce Johnson. When asked if USC is developing a “bad boy mentality,” Enfield laughed and said, “I don’t see Bill Laimbeer and Rick Mahorn in the locker room. We’re just trying to be USC basketball players.” If the smack-talk and chippy play continues, though, USC’s opponents might start to target the Trojans. In other words, they will circle USC games on their calendars and bring extra energy to those matchups. After all, Colorado coach Tad Boyle has already said that a victory against USC would be extra sweet given the FBI investigation into the program. That is not necessarily bad for USC, a team which tends to play toward its opponent’s energy. After all, less than one month ago, the Trojans lost at home to Princeton and Washington. Ferocity and smack-talking could be the mentality the Trojans require to finish off the season strong.last_img read more