Sportswriter Schrader dies

Longtime L.A.-area sportswriter Loel Schrader, who was inducted into the USC Athletic Hall of Fame in 2007, passed away early Thursday from complications with pneumonia, the school announced.

Schrader covered college football beginning in 1947 as a well-decorated sportswriter, columnist and sports editor, spending many years at the Long Beach Press-Telegram. He demonstrated a particular affinity for USC football, having covered the Trojans since the John McKay era in the 1960s. In 2006, he co-authored "Fight On! The Colorful Story of USC Football," a history of the Trojan football program.

Although retired in recent years, he still followed the Trojans as a contributor to various USC publications and websites up until the 2011 season.