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  1. In the end, Wittek is the bright spot

    Mark Saxon

    Things haven't been ending well for USC quarterbacks lately. Max Wittek's career began somewhat like Matt Leinart's ended, squeezed by the extraordinary frustration of not being able to pick up a few inches on fourth down. That was an improvem...

    Blog | November 24, 2012
  2. A rivalry restored

    Mark Saxon

    LOS ANGELES -- They're meeting somewhere in the middle, squaring up for a USC-UCLA rivalry that's given the word back its meaning. USC has been just disappointing enough without quite collapsing. UCLA has been just ascendant enough without quit...

    Blog | November 12, 2012
  3. Barkley: The wrong target for fans' wrath

    Mark Saxon

    Early in the first half of Saturday's game, former USC tailback Marc Tyler tweeted, "Barkley is not that good, sorry SC fans." Apparently, that created a Twitter-storm because Tyler later tweeted, "Get mad if you want, I speak the truth." He do...

    Blog | November 07, 2012
  4. Weirdly, future could still be rosy for Trojans

    Mark Saxon

    LOS ANGELES -- The Oregon Ducks' offense finally slowed to a jog. It was coming off the field after Kenjon Barner scored his fifth rushing touchdown Saturday night, when one of the offensive linemen, steam pouring off his head, yelled, "That's the wa...

    Blog | November 05, 2012
  5. Why does USC resist the spread?

    Mark Saxon

    Flipping between a USC game and an Oregon game feels a little bit like fast-forwarding five decades. If you squint real hard while watching USC, you can mistake Matt Barkley's cardinal jersey for Joe Naimath's crimson Alabama jersey. In fact, if y...

    Blog | October 30, 2012
  6. Is USC finally ready for its close-up?

    Mark Saxon

    LOS ANGELES -- T.J. McDonald had to do a double take after what someone had just asked him. "Do I think we can hang with them?" the All-American safety asked, repeating the question. Yeah, do you think you can hang with them? "Yeah," he snap...

    Blog | October 22, 2012
  7. Why Matt Barkley should stay at USC

    Mark Saxon

    At the outset of this year, we knew USC quarterback Matt Barkley was going to have a big decision to make come the end of the season. We knew he'd be staring at a potential high selection in next April's NFL draft and weighing that against the poss...

    Blog | November 27, 2011
  8. Going out prematurely, but on top

    Mark Saxon

    LOS ANGELES -- The Pac-12 should have rolled out a big podium and presented UCLA with its South division trophy on the floor of the Coliseum after USC's 50-0 win Saturday night. Commissioner Larry Scott could have handed Rick Neuheisel a microphone f...

    Blog | November 26, 2011
  9. USC football: One up, one down in 2011

    Mark Saxon

    LOS ANGELES -- Lately, the pleasant surprises have been more prevalent than the disappointments. That's another way of saying the USC Trojans are beginning to find their stride just as the season winds down. It didn't have to be this way. Nobody r...

    Blog | November 22, 2011
  10. Don't look now, Ducks, but here come the Trojans

    Mark Saxon

    LOS ANGELES - Five weeks ago, you could have circled Nov. 19 on USC's schedule not with a red pen, but with a black one. It looked like the one game this young Trojans team couldn't win, like they were walking into an ambush with their eyes wide o...

    Blog | November 12, 2011
  11. Trojans have plenty to savor (and they do)

    Mark Saxon

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Lane Kiffin just couldn't contain himself. Minutes after his biggest win as USC's head coach, Kiffin had to wind his way through a cluster of three-dozen recruits clad in dark blue Fighting Irish gear, many of the players still ...

    Blog | October 22, 2011
  12. The Trojans take a stand

    Mark Saxon

    SAN FRANCISCO - For six weeks, this USC football team survived with a style that was intricate, even stylish at times, but ultimately unconvincing. Thursday night, at a baseball stadium where the home team won a championship by keeping the othe...

    Blog | October 13, 2011
  13. Barkley and Co. could do special things if he stays

    Mark Saxon

    AP Photo/Danny Moloshok Matt Barkley, left, celebrates after throwing a touchdown to tight end Xavier Grimble. LOS ANGELES -- By the time the rest of the country gets wind of what Matt Barkley and these receivers are doing, they might not be doin...

    Blog | October 01, 2011
  14. Trojans start to feel the rush

    Mark Saxon

    LOS ANGELES -- It's amazing how little we've learned about this USC football team through the first three games. Matt Barkley and Robert Woods are good. The early-season schedule, not so much. This coaching staff and USC's collective fandom sit...

    Blog | September 17, 2011
  15. Brilliant two-man game, but is that really enough?

    Mark Saxon

    LOS ANGELES -- The head coach called it a "debacle." The quarterback said it didn't leave a "satisfying feeling." Just think if USC hadn't torn up a couple of marquee school records in Saturday's 19-17 win over Minnesota at the Coliseum. If thi...

    Blog | September 03, 2011
  16. Trojans wishing Matt Barkley Luck

    Mark Saxon

    To talk about a quarterback competition this spring would be immediately laughed off by anyone in earshot of Lane Kiffin. Junior Matt Barkley has been starting since his true freshman season and the only other quarterbacks aside from walk-ons are ...

    Blog | March 22, 2011