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Loss to Cougars different than most


Nineteen. That’s how many USC home football games I had attended in my three years as a student here before Saturday. Six of those were losses. Some of them were bad losses. Some were frustrating beyond belief. Some were maddening beyond description. I’ve seen the Coliseum crowd shocked after wide receiver Ronald Johnson let a […]

Polamalu the latest coaching departure


An offseason of scapegoating, finger-pointing and holding everyone besides USC head coach Lane Kiffin accountable continued last Friday. USC fired running backs coach Kennedy Polamalu in a stunning move apparently one month in the making. For those keeping score at home, USC has now nudged out four assistant coaches this offseason. In response to the […]

No. 1 Notre Dame, in a 22-13 win, keeps Trojans at bay


Given the opportunity to upset No. 1 Notre Dame in the 84th edition of the storied intersectional rivalry, USC flashed the talent and explosiveness that emboldened many preseason prognosticators to ticket the Trojans — not the Irish — for a date in January’s BCS national championship game in Miami. Unfortunately, the Trojans were once again […]

Trojans fall to Bruins in rivalry clash, 38-28


Saturday didn’t turn out like 1974 for No. 18 USC. Instead, it turned out like much of 2012. On the game’s first snap, senior quarterback Matt Barkley looked to his left and fired a pass toward Marqise Lee. But the sophomore wide receiver was swarmed by two defenders, and the pass was snatched by UCLA […]