Steve Bisheff

Steve Bisheff

Steve Bisheff has been covering the Trojans since the 1960's, first as a student reporter and then in a newspaper career that resulted in him being inducted into the class of 2012 for the USC Athletics Hall of Fame.

Posts by Steve Bisheff 26 results

Ruffin coming back strong

by Greg Katz: LOS ANGELES -- Sometimes it’s hard to believe when a player says that a serious injury and surgery has made him a better player, but that’s exactly how USC Trojans junior outside linebacker Jabari Ruffin sees it. So much has been expected from Ruffin, but thus far in his brief Trojans career he still resides somewhat in the ...

Trojans need a closer

It's too bad college football, unlike major league baseball, doesn't allow a closer. The USC Trojans could sure use a Craig Kimbrel or Kenley Jansen at this point. What an entertaining and frustrating Holiday Bowl proved beyond all else, is that after 13 games under Steve Sarkisian they still don't know how to close. They allowed a very ...

Vainuku deserves bigger role

by Steve Bisheff: How do you make a 6-foot, 270-pound sledgehammer of a football player disappear? It isn’t easy, but that’s what has been happening at USC as The Case Of The Vanishing Fullback continues to plague Soma Vainuku. Not that Vainuku ever would complain. He is too much of a team player for that and manages to take out any ...

Cope-Fitzpatrick learning to cope

by Steve Bisheff Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick is all about ... well, learning how to cope. He has had to learn to cope with academics, which were shaky enough to keep him ineligible last year. And now, with a meager three catches for 16 yards in his college career, he has had to learn to cope with the sudden idea of being one of the pivotal ...

This isn’t about talent

So, Mr. Haden, how exactly would you assess the direction of the USC football program now? As much as we’d all like to ask Pat Haden that question today, chances are the Trojans’ athletic director won’t be making any public comments for a while. Can you blame him? Haden, after all, is the one who hired Steve Sarkisian, and in light ...

Sark makes right call surrendering play calling duties

by Steve Bisheff Of all the calls Steve Sarkisian has made in his still-brief career as USC’s head coach, this is the best one. His decision to relinquish the play-calling duties, allowing offensive coordinator Clay Helton to assume that task, demonstrates a measure of growth and maturity that had been missing as recently as a week ...

Defensive front still biggest question for Trojans

by Steve Bisheff They ended the spring the same way they started it. Everyone knew USC’s Trojans had a solid quarterback, a collection of flashy, young receivers, an emerging breakaway threat at tailback and a beefy, improving offensive line. These guys are primed to score plenty of points. Yeah, the skeptics were saying, but what ...

Justin Davis ready for the throne room

by Steve Bisheff The door to the throne room swings open, and there is Justin Davis, eager for the chance to come swiveling his way through. He understands the position that has just opened up is one of the more exalted in all of sports. Because of its rich history and tradition, the tailback at USC can only be compared to, oh, the quarte...

Haden needs to hold Sark to higher standard

by Steve Bisheff It was the last thing Pat Haden wanted to hear. The last thing he expected to happen with the start of a potentially promising USC football season only two weeks away. But once head coach Steve Sarkisian stepped onto the stage at the annual Salute to Troy Saturday night and proceeded to embarrass himself, his team, the ...

Remembering Bob Boyd

He was so much more than the "other" college basketball coach in town. Unfortunately, that's the label Bob Boyd had to live with for much of his career at USC. The reason was obvious. The gentleman working his wizardry at UCLA at the time was none other than John Wooden, only the most successful coach in the history of the sport. Click here to ...