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Report: Steve Sarkisian could join Lane Kiffin in Alabama as offensive assistant


Apparently, Alabama has become a haven for former USC head coaches. Just two years after hiring Lane Kiffin as his offensive coordinator, Nick Saban is now showing interest in Steve Sarkisian as an offensive assistant, according to a Fox Sports report on Saturday.  Sarkisian reportedly has an interview with Alabama this week. Both Kiffin and Sarkisian […]

USC to lead the pack with defense


When you think of smash-mouth defenses in college football, it’s hard not to rattle off a list of SEC programs that come to mind. Alabama, Auburn, Florida, LSU — all of these names carry a distinct aura of having the type of physical ballhawks and devastating strength in the trenches that evoke a certain brand […]

Spring game was just for show


On Saturday, as the start time for USC’s spring game grew closer, play had already begun in Tuscaloosa, Ala., where the Alabama offense sputtered in its first spring game under new offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin. Over 2,000 miles away from here, the Crimson Tide failed to score an offensive touchdown until midway through the third […]

QB battle creates useless drama


Blah blah blah, quarterbacks.Blah blah blah, Cody Kessler.Blah blah blah, Max Browne. Blah blah blah blah blah. After USC’s football practice on Tuesday, head coach Steve Sarkisian said he “would suspect” he’d name a presumptive starting quarterback by the end of spring. Wow! What news! What a dramatic impact this will have on the season. […]

Defensive linemen adjusting to system


Steve Sarkisian’s hiring last December meant the reinvigoration of the up-tempo, partially no-huddle offense in Troy. It also meant that for some of the largest guys on the football field at USC, life was about to get a lot more tiring. Opposing defenses will need to adjust to a faster pace from the Trojans next […]

Sarkisian employs Carroll’s leadership


The Trojans will kick off Spring Camp next week with new head coach Steve Sarkisian at the helm, and the new head coach of USC football is already implementing sweeping changes to former head coach Lane Kiffin’s formula. Greg Katz of ESPN spoke on some of these changes in an article published online on March […]

November games can determine success


As the cliché goes, “The games you remember are played in November.” And if you’ve followed USC football — or college football in general — even peripherally for the last decade or so, you’ve heard the stat: Pete Carroll’s USC Trojans were 29-1 in the month of November throughout his illustrious tenure. It actually is […]

Trojans thriving as one big family


This isn’t a column about Jonathan Martin, the former Stanford offensive lineman whose NFL future remains in question after he left the Miami Dolphins last week after reportedly being bullied by fellow lineman Richie Incognito. This isn’t a column about bullying — I’ll leave that to the psychologists and experts to deal with. Instead, the […]

Win further validates termination of Kiffin


After a season mired with disappointments and injuries to several of USC’s top offensive stars, I didn’t think it was cynical of me to think that Oregon State would cover against the Trojans as consensus 5.5 point favorites. With the Beavers boasting the best passing offense — at least, by statistical measure — in the […]