Trojan success starts on the track

Speed kills. Just ask the rest of the Pac-12. Over the years, the conference has been known for high flyers, the deep pass and lots and lots of points. Then, Chip Kelly came to Oregon and things changed. Speed wasn’t the only attribute that mattered; raw athleticism combined with speed was the only way to […]

Tyler’s play not vital for Trojans’ success

The thing about a liability on any male sports team is that you can never be too sure he’s reformed. No matter how reformed he is said to be, no matter how many people declare him a changed man, anyone watching is still thinking, “When’s his next outburst coming?” So why, then, has USC been […]

Trojans on the right track after 2-0 start

For a 2-0 team, there sure is a lot of negativity surrounding USC. Fans are clamoring for bigger margins of victory, fewer penalties and turnovers and gosh darnit, would USC coach Lane Kiffin just go for one? Some of the criticism is justified: Two fumbles, one interception and six untimely penalties nearly cost USC a […]

Practice notes: Sept. 13

Following victories over Minnesota and Utah in weeks one and two, USC prepares to host Syracuse, a team it hasn’t faced since 1990, at the Coliseum on Saturday. Sophomore linebacker Marquis Simmons was in street clothes and a neck brace after being injured in the Utah game. But he appeared in good spirit, as he […]

Living on the edge not what USC needs

It happened, again. It wasn’t pretty. It was hardly palatable. For the second week in a row, USC won a game in the final seconds, barely, edging Utah in the first-ever Pac-12 game. Based on games one and two, living on the edge might serve as an appropriate slogan for the 2011 Trojans. Living on […]

Practice Notes: Sept. 7

The Trojans practiced for the second time this week, as they prepare to open Pac-12 play Saturday against Utah. Senior tailback Marc Tyler suited up again, but was limited in the work he received. Tyler joins Dillon Baxter, D.J. Morgan and Curtis McNeal in the tailback race. USC coach Lane Kiffin expects more than two […]

Trojans go with Morgan as starter at tailback

Through fall camp, the tailback competition was so close that USC coach Lane Kiffin refused to disclose the starter prior to the team’s season opener against Minnesota. On USC’s first offensive possession, the starting tailback was wearing uniform number No. 30, even though the Trojans did not have an offensive player with that jersey on […]