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Pigskin Notes: Defense bounces back, Woods struggles


Monte Kiffin’s battered baseball cap titled over his brow as he glanced toward the ground. “It’s hard to talk about Oregon right now,” said the Trojans’ assistant head coach for defense when last week’s performance was brought up. Understandably, it was hard to talk about Oregon. Just seven days earlier, Kiffin’s defense had surrendered school […]

Troubled Trojans have chance at redemption


Few athletic programs earn dual acclaim for their football and men’s basketball teams. To wit, Florida, Ohio State, Texas and Notre Dame are the only universities that really qualify. Without question, USC’s path to improving its basketball program and joining their ranks is littered with obstacles — some endemic, most brought on by poor management […]

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, […]

Kiffin is USC’s most valuable prospect


When Lane Kiffin took over as head coach of the Oakland Raiders in 2007, he was 31. One of the stars of his defensive unit, defensive tackle Warren Sapp, was more than two years his senior. Kiffin’s stint at Oakland was far from a success — the youngest head coach in NFL history crashed and […]