USC beat writer for the @ocregister, @ladailynews and rest of Southern California News Group. Contact: jkaufman@scng.com

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Sep 19, 2017

Deontay Burnett said his post-touchdown handshake with Matt Leinart in overtime against Texas was a spur-of-the-moment idea: https://t.co/eixCjbpIHg

Sep 19, 2017

USC’s receivers spent 40 minutes after practice on the Jugs machine. “We have to get back to fundamentals and focus,” Tee Martin said.

Sep 19, 2017

When Clay Helton huddled with players afterward, he addressed the number of injuries. “You never know when it’s your time,” he told them.

Sep 19, 2017

As far as offensive starters, Ronald Jones (ankle) and Steven Mitchell (groin) were also out.

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Interview

What was your first job as a journalist?

Covered prep sports for The Outlook, a weekly newspaper in La Cañada Flintridge, Calif., after graduating from high school. Learned by doing.

How do you prefer to be pitched on stories?

Through a personalized email. Some detail, though not wordy. Just tell me why it matters and why people should/will care.

Awards

California College Media Association Award

2012 - Best Sports Story
First place: "Family Business"

California College Media Association Award

2012 - Best Sports Column
First place: "'Arrogant' message has run its course"