Taking a trip down memory lane at USC

I always wanted to attend USC. Growing up in a family of USC alumni, I was born with cardinal and gold blood. I knew the Fight Song like my ABCs. I was destined to be a Trojan. Yes, I had always heard about the Trojan Family, the connections and everything my parents and relatives had lived, […]

Fans shouldn’t worry about Barkley’s spring

Spring football is officially over at USC. The annual spring game held at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum gave the team and fans the final taste of Trojan football until fall. Matt Barkley has constantly been in the spotlight since his decision to forgo the 2011 NFL draft. Like his team, Barkley has received significant […]

Kiffin, coaching staff face recruiting test

Let it now be said that when it comes to recruiting and reeling in decorated high school prospects, Lane Kiffin knows what he’s doing. There have been a number of criticisms directed toward the Trojans’ 36-year-old coach in recent years, but just about anyone, including his detractors, will concede the following: he can recruit with […]

USC and Oregon a clash of cultures

When USC and Oregon meet on the football field Saturday night in Eugene, Ore., there will be more on the line than the Ducks’ recently reinvigorated BCS title hopes. The future of the Pac-12 conference is at stake. The Trojans and Ducks have combined to win the last nine conference titles and Oregon is in […]

Core of freshmen bring back memories

Defense — it’s been a trademark of USC football. Sure, we always hear about Matt Leinart, Reggie Bush and Mike Williams, the high-powered offenses during those years when former USC coach Pete Carroll was around. Those Trojans’ teams boasted some of the most electrifying players in the nation. Though the Trojans sported one of the […]

Where does this historic rivalry now stand? (ND)

Six years ago, No. 9 Notre Dame hosted No. 1 USC in one of the most memorable contests in recent college football memory — a game remembered simply as the “Bush Push.” Though the Irish fell in a heartbreaking 34-31 defeat, many viewed the game as evidence of Notre Dame’s imminent return to football prominence. […]

Coaches don’t deserve all scrutiny, blame

USC-Notre Dame just doesn’t have the same kick to it anymore. With both teams at relative low points, the bad blood in the rivalry doesn’t quite boil like it used to (at least on the West Coast, anyway — South Bend might be a different story). Sure, the game will receive plenty of attention with […]

Special teams vital in Trojans’ success

In my 10 years or so of playing Madden and NCAA Football video games, I had never blocked a kick or even seen one blocked. Sunday evening, that changed, when I denied a 31-yard field-goal try. So shocked and excited was I by this event, it occurred to me just how much I had taken […]