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Stugotz: 'I don't like Kobe Bryant' (1:37)

Future looks bright for Trojans

According to ESPN's Recruiting Nation, USC has the Pac-12's 2nd-best recruiting class coming in. The Trojans also rank 10th nationally, two spots behind fellow Pac-12 member Stanford.

Helton hire offers consistency for USC players (2:21)

USC rises to No. 21 in ESPN rankings

That's a jump of five spots following its 40-21 win over UCLA. Next up for the Trojans and full-time head coach Clay Helton is Saturday's Pac-12 title game against Stanford. Power Rankings


Rewind: Kobe Bryant's 81-point night

Take a trip back to Jan. 22, 2006 when Stuart Scott brought us all the highlights of Kobe Bryant's 81-point performance against the Raptors.

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Dwight Howard's thoughts on Kobe Bryant

It's no secret Howard and Bryant have a somewhat frosty relationship. So when asked if he had learned anything from his former teammate, Howard laughed and said: "Awww man. We're going to go to the next question." But he also praised Kobe saying "[He's] one of the greatest to play the game."

Schad: Clay Helton earned this (2:18)

Ted Miller ESPN Staff Writer 

USC made it official Monday that Clay Helton will become the Trojans head coach, dropping his "interim" tag. So his status will be secure in advance of PAC-12 title game against Stanford. Interesting call from embattled athletic director Pat Haden. Helton has players support and he projects stability. He's not a young hotshot type like Kiffin and Sarkisian. On the other hand, he's not a choice that will energize the fan base, which was hoping for a big name. First question is how team handles business vs Stanford. Second is how Helton deals with a staff he inherited.

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Clay Helton, USC sign multi-year deal

USC AD Pat Haden announced a multi-year agreement with Helton, who guided the Trojans to a 5-2 record as interim head coach this season. USC is playing Stanford Saturday in the Pac-12 title game.

Skip: Kobe's body failed him (2:01)
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Kobe Bryant's most memorable Celtics moments

With Kobe Bryant announcing that he'll retire at the end of the season, we look back at some of his special moments against the Celtics.


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Billups: 'There was no way to stop Kobe' (2:07)
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Weekend rewind: Pac-12 title game is set

Stanford and USC are prepping for the Pac-12 championship game and eight other teams are patiently waiting to hear their bowl destinations.

Stephen A. didn't want it to come to this for Kobe (1:46)
Van Gundy: I respect Kobe's love of the game (1:18)
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Kobe great ... but not top 10 of all time

Kevin Pelton understands why many people place Kobe Bryant in that high historical strata. But Pelton cites metrics that indicate otherwise. Not top 10 (Insider)

What's wrong with the Rams? (1:32)
Kobe's top ten plays of his career (2:46)