USC: Brandon Martin
Links, notes and quotes to recap everything USC-related on this Monday:
- The fifth-ranked USC men's tennis team upset top-seeded Virginia in Monday's semifinal to punch its ticket to the NCAA title game Tuesday against Tennessee. Sophomore Daniel Nguyen, who USC coach Peter Smith said was his most improved player this season, clinched the victory with a dramatic 7-6 (9), 6-4 win at the No. 4 singles spot after the Trojans won the doubles point and got key singles victories from Robert Farah and Peter Lucassen. USC lost three matches this season — including the final fixture of the regular season to rival UCLA — but appears to be back to the top form it exhibited in winning the NCAA title a season ago.
- Former USC safety Kevin Ellison was arrested on suspicion of possessing a controlled substance in his native Redondo Beach. After he was pulled over for speeding in a residential area, Ellison had his car searched and police discovered 100 Vicodin pills — which he did not have a prescription for, according to Sgt. Peter Grimm. Ellison, a sixth-round selection of the San Diego Chargers in 2009, was a team leader in his time with the Trojans.
- In recruiting news, linebacker Tre Madden (Mission Viejo, Calif./Mission Viejo) committed to USC over the weekend, becoming the sixth member of the Class of 2011 — but the first linebacker — to commit to the Trojans. Madden, a 6-foot-1, 215-pound middle linebacker for Mission Viejo, projects as an outside linebacker at the college level. According to various reports, the high school junior first received an offer from USC last Thursday and took only a few days to mull it over, committing Sunday.
- According to the L.A. Daily News, USC senior associate athletic director Brandon Martin has resigned to take a similar position at Oklahoma. Martin, who played basketball for the Trojans in the 1990's, reportedly made many basketball-related decisions during his tenure at USC and had notably been in the running for athletic director spots at smaller schools over the last year. Martin received undergraduate and graduate degrees from USC and also held a joint appointment as the Assistant Professor of Clinical Education in USC's Rossier School of Education. He is known for a dissertation entitled, "A Phenomenological Study of African American Male Student-Athletes at Highly Selective Division I Universities," published at USC.