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Veteran coach turning D-Line into strength


During the latter days of training camp, Ed Orgeron stood near the corner of Howard Jones Field, arms crossed and carrying a slight grin. He knew the answer to the question, but he cared not to say, really, or even elaborate much. “You’re sandbagging a little, aren’t you?” a reporter asked. “You guys are better […]

Marqise Lee earns MVP of practice


The announcement took all of 30 seconds to say, but the ramifications are still being felt. Ever since senior quarterback Matt Barkley declared his intention to return to school for his senior season on national television, USC has been lauded as the preseason favorite to win the national championship. When the “experts” talk of such […]

Kiffin finds his stride in second year at USC


You could first see it in the press room following USC’s 31-17 win over Notre Dame in October. It was there again on the field after the Trojans’ 38-35 upset of Oregon in Eugene.  It was as wide as ever when USC led UCLA by 50 late in the fourth quarter on Saturday: it being […]

Kiffin, Sarkisian have left their own marks


Disciple: a person who is a pupil or an adherent of the doctrines of another; a follower. For Pete Carroll, passing on the keys to his winning ways wasn’t going very well in fall 2008. Carroll’s most prominent pupil, Lane Kiffin, had just been fired by late Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis following a 5-15 […]

Future still bleak for USC football program


I woke up yesterday to an email from USC football announcing Tuesday’s “Trojan Day” at L.A. Live. USC coach Lane Kiffin, his father Monte and Ed Orgeron will be there signing autographs. Season tickets will be available for purchase. But the most promising part of the email was written in all capitals at the top: […]