You can bet current USC players, future recruits and their families monitored and evaluated the draft soap opera of Matt Barkley, who in retrospect probably should have left after his junior season.
AJ McCarron chose to stay in school rather than jump to the NFL. Then he watched as three QBs who one year before him made the same decision took a tumble on draft day.
A lively quarterback competition and the return of the dynamic Marqise Lee are just two things to look forward to with the Trojans this year
In the unpredictable world of recruiting, it's great to get five-star prospects. But a team's success often comes down to coaching and player development.
Steve Bisheff gives his take on the bowl season, from USC's ineptitude to Johnny Manziel's brilliance and everything in between.
The link between Matt Barkley and Reggie Bush in USC Trojans history might not seem like a logical connection, but they are linked in terms of how these two will forever be viewed.
The Trojans started the season with the highest of hopes and expectations, but 2012 turned into a dismal season.
Each new year is a reflection of hope and resolutions, and here are some Cardinal and Gold resolutions that might be appropriate for the coming year.
Steve Bisheff laments that the lasting image we will get of one of the most endearing student-athletes in USC history will be televised shots of Matt Barkley standing on the sideline.
The USC Trojans can unwrap these presents in Sun Bowl and beyond.
Maybe it's been a disappointing season, but after a couple seasons without a bowl appearance, the Trojans and their fans should enjoy the Sun Bowl.
Matt Barkley unwittingly added another log to the Lane Kiffin fire this week, questioning the coach's play-calling on the Dan Patrick Show.
After the season began with dreams of a BCS national championship, Lane Kiffin will need to get his team motivated for the Sun Bowl.
Steve Bisheff wonders if Mark Sanchez's NFL career would have been better with another year at USC while also wondering if Matt Barkley would have been better served going to the NFL after last season.
For the first time since last season, the USC Trojans are without the weight of expectations. Rather, all the pressure Saturday is on No. 1 Notre Dame.
Newly minted No. 1 Notre Dame comes to the Coliseum feeling good, while the Trojans are licking their wounds. But USC's offense might be too much for the Irish.