Lamont Smith Resigns as Head Basketball Coach at USD

March 7, 2018

After nearly two weeks of investigation into his Bay Area arrest, and a day after being cleared on charges of domestic violence, University of San Diego head basketball coach Lamont Smith has resigned. The decision was communicated by university administrators to the campus community late Wednesday night. In addition to announcing the decision, the statement from university president James Harris noted appreciation for Smith’s contributions to the basketball program during…


USD Basketball Coach Arrested on Team Trip

February 25, 2018

UPDATE (2/26/18, 2:32 p.m. PST): The University of San Diego announced today that Smith will be placed on administrative leave until further notice. In the announcement, the school states that “Our values as a faith-based institution call upon us to proceed with justice and compassion. Our prayers are for all those who are impacted by this situation.” The university has opened an investigation. Assistant coach Sam Scholl will take over…


USD Basketball Slides Back into Win Column versus Santa Clara

January 25, 2018

Losers of four of their last five, the University of San Diego entered tonight in dire need of a win. Leave it to a home match-up with Santa Clara, then, to get the team back on track. A 21-point effort from point guard Isaiah Wright (including 15 points in the second half) staved off attempts at a rally from the opposing Broncos and carried the home team to a 66-58…


Moral Victories Only: USD Stumbles Down Stretch in Loss to St. Mary’s

January 6, 2018

The 2017-18 University of San Diego men’s basketball team has made its money so far on stifling defense around the three-point line and a gritty lineup that runs eight deep. In a road match-up with St. Mary’s, and looking for the program’s first win in Moraga since 2007, the Toreros turned to that formula again. The opposing Gaels didn’t make a three-pointer until midway through the second half, and shot…


The 2017-18 WCC Basketball Preview You Didn’t Know You Needed

December 28, 2017

4-14. 6-13. Those were the conference records for the University of San Diego in each of the last two seasons. The program has undergone the collegiate version of a rebuild under head coach Lamont Smith, with the emphasis being on getting underclassmen on the court, and the win-loss records have shown as much. However, now in the third round of the Lamont Smith era, the Toreros have found more success,…


USD Football: Should the Toreros Consider a Move to the Big Sky Conference?

November 29, 2017

San Diego’s visit to Flagstaff to face Northern Arizona University on Saturday was the Toreros’ fourth FCS (Div. 1-AA) playoff game in program history. Three of the four games have been on the road against Big Sky Conference teams – Montana, Cal Poly, and Northern Arizona. The Toreros dominate their Pioneer Football League on a yearly basis, and have recently shown the ability to compete with Big Sky teams, so…


No Scholarships, No Problem: USD Dominates FCS Playoff Opener

November 25, 2017

A year ago, the University of San Diego football team made headlines with a win for the ages. USD’s upset victory over Cal Poly in the first round of the 2016 Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) playoffs was the first playoff victory by a non-scholarship program over a scholarship school in postseason history. While the Toreros would go on to lose in the next round to heavily-favored North Dakota State, the…


Why San Diegans Should be Thankful for USD Athletics

November 23, 2017

It’s clear and without question that the most followed college team in San Diego is the SDSU Aztecs. Most San Diego sports fans seem to minimize the accomplishments produced by the athletic teams wearing blue and white on the campus of USD. SDSU has almost thirty-four thousand undergraduates and multiple athletic teams that receive national media compared to less than six thousand undergrads at USD with little to no national…


9th ranked USD Women’s Volleyball team wins first WCC Championship since 2013 vs. Pepperdine

November 23, 2017

The USD volleyball team won its 14th game in a row to close out the regular season Tuesday night at the Jenny Craig Pavilion. This was a huge win for the Toreros, earning themselves a share of the West Coast Conference Championship with the BYU Cougars, a team they faced twice this season, winning one and losing the other. The Toreros were allowed an automatic bid due to the NCAA’s…


Toreros Men’s Basketball Set for Step Forward in 2017-18

November 12, 2017

When Lamont Smith took the reins as head coach of the University of San Diego men’s basketball team prior to the 2015-16 season, there was an understanding that success would not come quickly or easily. That first team of Toreros carried just three upperclassmen — junior Brett Bailey and seniors Duda Sanadze and Jito Kok — and won just nine games on the season. The team’s on-court struggles covered any…


USD Toreros Women’s Volleyball- A Program That Looks to Build Off Last Season in the West Coast Conference

October 3, 2017

The University of San Diego women’s volleyball program has been viewed as a powerhouse in the West Coast Conference and has shown to be one of the top volleyball programs in the nation the past two decades. In 2017, the Toreros will be looking to add to their success and make a run in the NCAA tournament come winter time. The expectations are high and fans hope that this year’s…