Plenty of USC-related happenings over the weekend and on this gloomy Monday in Los Angeles:
Information on services for former USC kicker Chris Limahelu, who passed away last week from prostate cancer at age 59: The viewing will be held this Friday night, April 16, from 5-8 p.m. at the Custer Christiansen Mortuary in Covina, Calif., with the service scheduled for Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Covina Methodist Church.
The praise keeps coming in for running back Dillon Baxter, who inspired comparisons to ex-Trojan Reggie Bush after his impressive performance in the team's irst scrimmage of the spring Saturday. Baxter broke a Bush-worthy 50-yard run — video here — and carried nine times for 94 yards on the day. USC next returns to the practice field Tuesday at 4 p.m for the seventh of 15 scheduled spring practices.
We wrote Saturday on USC baseball's 2-6 record through eight Pac-10 conference games. Since then, it's only gotten worse. The Trojans lost again Sunday, falling 4-3 at the hands of visiting Cal. Facing a 4-1 deficit, USC rallied in the eighth inning to score two runs and put runners on the corners with only one out, but the Trojans couldn't drive the tying run in. First baseman Ricky Oropesa leads the conference with 11 homers this year, but USC's postseason potential looks bleak at best, with a 15-17 overall record and now a 2-7 Pac-10 record. A three-game series at now-No. 3 ranked Arizona State looms this weekend.
According to a report out of New Jersey, Rutgers will file tampering charges against the USC basketball program regarding the recruitment of guard Mike Rosario. Rosario, a sophomore who averaged 16.7 points per game with the Scarlet Knights last season, would have three years to play two if he were to transfer, but Rutgers reportedly plans to block any transfer to USC — and Florida and Kansas, for that matter. Interestingly, USC coach Kevin O'Neill denied all tampering charges to the O.C. Register, and sources told the Los Angeles Times that no one in the program has had any contact with Rosario. In other basketball news, the regular signing period begins Wednesday for Class of 2010 prospects, but USC's four recruits — Bryce Jones, Maurice Jones, Garrett Jackson and Curtis Washington — all signed during the early period in November, so expect the Trojans to remain quiet.
Other sport news: the No. 1-ranked women's water polo team hasn't lost since February 7, a span of 16 matches; USC sophomore Jennifer Song shot a final round 69 Sunday to finish second overall and lead the Trojans to third place in the PING/ASU Invitational held in Tempe, Ariz; the Trojans won both the men's and women's discus competitions over the weekend at the Pomona-Pitzer Invitational.