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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 […]

For McNeal, last year’s fumble is in the past


Following last year’s 56-48 triple overtime loss to Stanford, I thought the Coliseum public address announcer might as well cue the Jaws theme music. After maneuvering his way to the three-yard line in the third overtime, senior tailback Curtis McNeal fumbled into the end zone, and Stanford linebacker A.J. Tarpley recovered the football to seal […]

Sports Digest


CUSHING, TEXANS ADVANCE IN PLAYOFFS Former USC linebacker Brian Cushing has led the Houston Texans to the playoffs for the first time in franchise history. Cushing, during his career as a Trojan from 2005-2008, was an All-American and All-Conference performer. He was also a finalist for the Butkus Award in 2008, given annually to the […]

Interior play has lifted young Trojans this year


In the impossible task of giving credit where it is due after a hard-fought football game, offensive and defensive lines have begun to attract a bit more attention than they have historically. As the sport continues to change, the need for solid linemen has become glaringly apparent — no matter what type of formation a […]

Burning Questions: Colorado


How will USC’s secondary hold up? With junior safety T.J. McDonald suspended by the Pac-12 for the first half of the game, the Trojans will likely start two reserves at the safety positions. Sophomore cornerback Nickell Robey has emerged as one of the best cover corners in the country, but the lineup change might present […]