USC gets fresh start tonight vs. Wildcats


Exactly six weeks ago, I wrote a column that my editors headlined “First game couldn’t arrive sooner for USC.” It was Aug. 29, the day of the Trojans’ season opener against Hawai’i. The gist, more or less, was this: “This is a team, a fan base and a program all too eager for a fresh […]

Kiffin, O’Neill followed same path


Though former head coach Lane Kiffin’s high points were ultimately outweighed by his many low points, he was merely the most recent USC coach to follow this downward trajectory. Kiffin’s dismissal concluded a career arc similar to that of another coach who was unceremoniously fired only eight months prior — former USC basketball head coach […]

Pac-12 moving on without Trojans


Over the better part of the last decade, the national perception among college football fans and media has been that the SEC is the dominant conference. Year in and year out, SEC teams are held on a higher pedestal than teams from other conferences, a sentiment that is reflected in the national rankings. This season […]