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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 […]

Kiffin, QBs waste talented roster


After another stalled drive against Washington State, USC’s star wide receiver, junior Marqise Lee, who will almost certainly be nabbing passes from an NFL quarterback a year from now, stormed off the field. He yanked off his helmet and screamed in frustration in the direction of the stands that were once filled with cheers but […]

“Fire Lane” movement brings out fans’ worst


It couldn’t be ignored. Most of the time, when the home team suffers an upset loss, they say you can hear a pin drop in the stands because the crowd is in such stunned silence. When the clock struck zero on Saturday night at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, however, this was not the case. […]

Kiffin’s playcalling is becoming a hindrance


When USC head coach Lane Kiffin announced in July at Pac-12 Media Day that he’d be calling plays for the upcoming 2013 season, it made sense to me. Sure, USC fans desperately wanted Kiffin to absolve himself of playcalling duties. But after last season’s 7-6 debacle, Kiffin knew that another disappointing campaign would result in […]

No. 25 USC shocked by Washington State in dismal offensive showing


For the second consecutive week, USC’s defense dominated, creating turnovers and sacks just when it seemed the opposition was close to putting points on the board. But on Saturday, the Trojan offense offset all of these positives created by their counterparts on the other side of the ball en route to a 10-7 defeat at […]