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Clay Helton named permanent head coach


Just a couple days after the Trojans defeated crosstown rival UCLA for the first time in four seasons, Clay Helton has been named the USC football program’s permanent head coach, athletic director Pat Haden announced Monday morning. The 43-year old Helton, who previously took over on an interim basis for Steve Sarkisian on Oct. 12, […]

Lee’s Heisman campaign takes off


Once Matt Barkley announced last December that he would be returning to USC for his senior season, he immediately became the favorite to win the Heisman Trophy. But on the first play of scrimmage during the Trojans’ season, sophomore wide receiver Marqise Lee gave a sign of what was to come, catching a screen pass, […]

Chip Kelly might be Pac-12’s best coach


For those of you who can’t get enough of Lane Kiffin, another cantankerous coach sporting a visor will occupy a Coliseum sideline this Saturday: Oregon’s Chip Kelly. Of course these days, the visor and surly personality might be the only similarities these two share. To say Kelly came out of nowhere is a bit generous. […]

Which is the Pac-12’s top program?


Point: Despite Oregon’s recent string of success and a better record in 2012, USC remains the premier program in the Pac-12. This Saturday, Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota’s cannon of an arm — yes, it’s stronger than Matt Barkley’s — and the blur of all-purpose weapon De’Anthony Thomas’ legs will give Trojan defenders nightmares. Oh, and […]

The time is now for Trojans to shine


More than an hour after USC’s triple-overtime defeat against Stanford on Oct. 29, senior defensive tackle Christian Tupou lingered around an empty Trojans’ locker room. As he put on his street clothes and finally headed out into the Los Angeles night, USC’s venerable defensive leader did something few are prone to do following a heartbreaking […]

Trojans could get last laugh in Oregon


Elite college football programs show unwavering class and respect in defeat and victory. For Oregon, most of its players are doing their part. In fact, all but one of Oregon’s players appear to carry themselves with an elegance appropriate for a team that has a shot to play in consecutive BCS national championship games. But […]

Behind enemy lines: Oregon


After exacting revenge on Washington, a team that beat them each of the last two years, the USC Trojans will head north in search of similar success against the high-powered No. 4 Oregon Ducks. The Ducks have quite a few eye opening statistics. First off, Oregon ranks 5th nationally in rush yards per game with 291.80. The Ducks […]

USC and Oregon a clash of cultures


When USC and Oregon meet on the football field Saturday night in Eugene, Ore., there will be more on the line than the Ducks’ recently reinvigorated BCS title hopes. The future of the Pac-12 conference is at stake. The Trojans and Ducks have combined to win the last nine conference titles and Oregon is in […]