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National Signing Day preview


USC is coming into national signing day with what could be one of its most promising recruiting classes in recent history, but many uncertainties remain, especially after a slew of decommits on Tuesday. USC had eight verbal commitments on Tuesday morning, but that number is down to five after Jalen Ramsey — a five-star cornerback […]

Lee headlines Pac-12 awards for Trojans


Sophomore wide receiver Marqise Lee and freshman defensive end Leonard Williams received recognition from the Pac-12 yesterday, with Lee winning Offensive Player of the Year in the conference and Williams taking home the Freshman Defensive Player of the Year award. The awards, in conjunction with All-Conference First Team recognition given to Lee and senior center […]

Pigskin Notes: Defense bounces back, Woods struggles


Monte Kiffin’s battered baseball cap titled over his brow as he glanced toward the ground. “It’s hard to talk about Oregon right now,” said the Trojans’ assistant head coach for defense when last week’s performance was brought up. Understandably, it was hard to talk about Oregon. Just seven days earlier, Kiffin’s defense had surrendered school […]

Leonard Williams on National Freshman Performer of the Year Watch List


USC defensive lineman Leonard Williams was added to the College Football Performance Award’s (CFPA) 2012 National Freshman Performer of the Year Watch List on Wednesday. Williams is one of four Pac-12 freshmen on the list, along with Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota, Oregon State running back Storm Woods and UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley. The watch list […]

Kiffin, USC walking a very thin ethical line


A fake extra point gone awry in the first quarter of USC’s 50-6 victory over Colorado last Saturday serves as just the latest example of the Trojans’ alarming lapse in judgment when it comes to showing common courtesy for opponents. Allow me to clarify. When USC lined up for the extra point with the score already […]