Browne deserved a better experience

There are times when sports are amazing, like when a team that hasn’t won a championship in 108 years finally breaks the drought and the viral video of an 81-year-old Cubs fan jumping for joy makes you feel all warm and fuzzy. Then, there are times when sports are sad and unfortunate and make you […]

QB change means little without discipline

USC is not a bad team, but its 1-2 record is not an ideal situation. In their two losses to No. 1 Alabama and No. 7 Stanford, the Trojans were outscored 79-16. They scored one touchdown between the two games. You can’t really expect to win games — especially in the Pac-12 — by only […]

Redshirt freshman Sam Darnold takes over as USC’s starting quarterback

Redshirt freshman Sam Darnold will replace redshirt junior Max Browne as USC’s starting quarterback, head coach Clay Helton announced after Monday’s practice. Helton attributed the decision to wanting to change up the offense after its struggles earlier in the season. “When you’ve scored one touchdown against Stanford and Alabama, I wanted to see a spark […]

USC routs Utah State at home for first win of season

Following a forgettable opening season defeat to Alabama, USC needed a strong, all-around win against Utah State on Saturday for a multitude of reasons — and the Trojans got it. It was a night-and-day comparison to last Saturday’s performance in Arlington, as the Trojans dominated on offense, defense and special teams to the tune of a 45-7 […]

COLUMN: QB battle leads to versatility on offense

Covering a quarterback competition isn’t really that fun. Sure, it’s always interesting, even tense. It can be especially thought-provoking depending on how different the respective playing styles and assets are of the leading candidates. It’s the most important position in football, and therefore the most important personnel decision a coach has to make. But at […]

Max Browne named USC’s starting quarterback

After a close competition that lasted into fall camp, redshirt junior Max Browne held off redshirt freshman Sam Darnold to claim the USC starting quarterback job, head coach Clay Helton announced on Saturday. Browne, who waited three seasons, finally has his chance under center. But the odds-on favorite to win the position faced an unexpected […]

Sarkisian made the right QB decision

On Tuesday, as predicted by just about everyone, coach Steve Sarkisian named Cody Kessler as USC’s starting quarterback. This news comes as no surprise to anyone who has watched spring ball this year (or read my column last week). “He’s earned it and he deserves it,” Sarkisian said of Kessler. Indeed, last season’s starter was […]

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. […]