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Kiffin should foster pleasant environment


When USC coach Lane Kiffin peers across the field to the opposite sideline Saturday afternoon when the Trojans take on Arizona, he just might be able to learn something from his opponents. Who should he be looking at? He should be looking at Wildcats coach Mike Stoops. Now, you might wonder what Kiffin might be […]

Seasoned Barkley delivering for USC


Back in 2009, when then-USC coach Pete Carroll named Matt Barkley the Trojans’ starting quarterback — over Aaron Corp and Mitch Mustain — his rationale behind handing the job to the wide-eyed freshman signal caller was simple. “He has all the physical ability, he has the mentality and temperament to handle the position,” Carroll said. […]

Stat to watch: Blocked kicks


From 2006 to 2008, USC outscored its opponents by 15 points per game on average and the Trojans rarely played close games. A few points gained from superior special teams play would likely have not made a major difference in USC’s record. Beginning in 2009, the Trojans dominance slowed, and they began to play much […]

Support now missing for football program


It’s late August on USC’s University Park campus. Must mean it’s time to get psyched up for Trojan excellence in the 2012 Summer Olympics, right? That’s what the athletic department would have you think. The east side of Heritage Hall was recently adorned with a smattering of banners celebrating the amazing feats of USC athletes […]

The harsh realities of collegiate football


I’ve been coming to USC football games for as long as I can remember. I’ve been to games as a giddy kid, a drunken student and a dispassionate journalist. I don’t have to tell you which setting was the most fun. As I look back on the three years I covered the team and the […]

Trojans still have a stronghold on L.A.


It was supposed to be a down year for USC football. After the program dominated the college football world for quite some time, the NCAA finally brought the Trojans down to earth. Former USC running back Reggie Bush was found to have received improper benefits. So, the NCAA decided to ram it down USC’s throat […]