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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 […]

Game rewind — Arizona State


The set-up: USC traveled to Tempe, Ariz. for its first road test to play the Arizona State Sun Devils, who were fresh off of a loss against Illinois. With the two teams projected to finish near the top of the Pac-12 South in the preseason, the game figured have serious implications for divisions supremacy. Matt […]

Energy level must stay elevated in Minnesota


Sometimes, fans assume that sports are like algebra. If Team A beats Team B by 21, and if Team B beats Team C by 14, then it follows that Team A should beat Team C by 35. Right? No — at least, not according to Lane Kiffin and the Trojans. Kiffin dismissed any thought of […]

New coach, same story: lots of penalties


Discipline. That would be one of the first words that comes to mind when thinking of the difference between former USC coach Pete Carroll and his successor Lane Kiffin. From his first practice in the spring, Kiffin made sure players touched every line during sprints, paid full attention during practice and adhered strictly to the […]