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 […]

“Fire Lane” movement brings out fans’ worst

It couldn’t be ignored. Most of the time, when the home team suffers an upset loss, they say you can hear a pin drop in the stands because the crowd is in such stunned silence. When the clock struck zero on Saturday night at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, however, this was not the case. […]

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 […]

Early conference games are not ideal

It always used to go something like this: USC would play two or three nonconference games and then shift over to conference play, not facing an opponent outside of the Pac-10 for the rest of the season, save for Notre Dame. It had a sort of fluidity to it. Though those nonconference games counted in […]

NCAA gets it wrong yet again

June 10, 2010 is when it all started. That was the day the NCAA handed down some of the stiffest and most stringent penalties of all time in its sanctions against the USC football program. That was when I became skeptical about the integrity and questionable motives of the NCAA as an institution. Looking back, […]

Kennard takes home honor after strong performance

USC senior defensive end Devon Kennard was named the Lott IMPACT Player of the Week on Monday for his outstanding play in the team’s 30-13 victory over Hawai’i to open the 2013 season. In a game that the Trojan defense dominated, Kennard recorded three tackles, including two tackles for loss and one sack, two pass […]