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Browne is more than a backup option


This time last year, the USC Trojans’ spring camp was marked by a three-way quarterback battle between then-incumbent starter Max Wittek, Cody Kessler and spring recruit Max Browne. This year, Wittek is gone and everyone moves up one: Incumbent starting quarterback Cody Kessler and Max Browne are officially competing for the starting job this spring, […]

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 […]

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 […]

QB battle is a story made for Hollywood


Usually the first game of the season answers questions about a team — it gives the team a chance to forge a sense of identity  and define structural parameters for expectations. When I covered spring practice almost six months ago, few games on the USC schedule mattered as much to me as USC-Hawai’i. The reason […]