Any thoughts that Pat Haden didn't have the resolve to make major change were foiled when the USC AD fired basketball coach Kevin O'Neill, serving as a message for Lane Kiffin.
Three top players who transferred from Lakewood to rival St. John Bosco are garnering interest from around the Pac-12.
USC Trojans are on the rise, but before booking that trip to the BCS title game, there are couple of major questions to answer
With expectations for the USC Trojans through the roof, a look at the top 10 storylines for the 2012 season.
New USC WR coach Tee Martin inherits quite the unit, led by Robert Woods and Marqise Lee. And the former national championship-winning QB knows how to maximize talent.
2013 OL Nico Falah is receiving major interest despite being relatively new to football, and 2015 WR Trenton Irwin is a player to watch.
They may have different styles, but you won't find better recruiters in the nation than USC's Ed Orgeron and California's Tosh Lupoi.
Kyle Williams evaluates USC junior prospect Su'a Cravens, who already shows an ability to excel at the major-college level.
Colorado has faced a brutal Pac-12 schedule to date. It doesn't get much easier this week with USC coming to town.
January's all-star game circuit will allow USC fans to check out potential future Trojans; Orange Lutheran, Santa Margarita to tangle Friday.
While the USC-Notre Dame game is a sporting spectacle every year, the experience of traveling to South Bend every other year might be even more special.
USC will need safeties badly in 2013. Luckily for it, two of the elite in that class, David Price and Max Redfield, reside in its backyard.
Kyle Murphy is sought by virtually every major program, and for good reason. The San Clemente (Calif.) tackle will be ready to play pretty quickly in college.
Utah's multiple looks and big defensive line presents a major challenge for a USC line that looked shaky against Minnesota.
Revamped defense must control Minnesota's mobile QB; special teams could play major role.