USC's recruiting class certainly took some hits on signing day, but let's not lose sight of the players who did elect to become Trojans.
For the second year in a row -- but only the fourth time in history -- the Super Bowl will be played without a former Trojans player in uniform.
With the Sun Bowl on the horizon, Lane Kiffin is about to join a long list of coaches who led USC to bowl games. Not all of them are remembered fondly for their bowl performances.
The USC Trojans can unwrap these presents in Sun Bowl and beyond.
Greg Katz writes that USC and Lane Kiffin need to stop some disturbing trends that emerged in 2012, primarily poor coaching and a lack of toughness.
Matt Barkley can make a big impression in the Heisman race with a big outing in the Big Apple.
USC Trojans practice is set to open and fans can't attend, but there's still a reasonable idea of what's going to happen.
It's inevitable that USC commits will be compared to their predecessors. Some, such as Matt Kalil, live up to expectations.
Recent chatter got Greg Katz thinking about who he'd consider the best running back in USC history. After deliberation, he had a craving for "The Juice".
Howard Jones, John McKay, John Robinson and Pete Carroll have formed the Mt. Rushmore of national-championship winning coaches at USC. Lane Kiffin wants to join that fraternity this season.
USC's policy on retiring numbers only applies to Heisman Trophy winners, a policy that doesn't allow the school to honor many of its greatest players.
After a few bumps in the road following graduation from Eureka (Calif.) High School, Soma Vainuku's hard work has him on the verge of being USC's starting fullback.
A trip down memory lane remembering former USC radio broadcaster Tom Kelly, the voice behind most of the Trojans' great moments.
The 2012 Trojans will be saddled with the highest of expectations. They'd better be careful though, as many USC teams in their shoes have fallen victim to the upset bug.
Not only does USC provide its players with opportunities to compete at the highest level on the field, but it also has helped several former Trojans players get into the sports media industry.
Sunday's Super Bowl might be lacking former Trojans, but USC has made its mark in the 46-year history of the game.