UCLA fired highly successful basketball coach Ben Howland because he didn't fulfill championship expectations. What could that mean for USC's Lane Kiffin?
USC baby boomers have seen a lot of good times, and now they're hoping for another great run under Lane Kiffin.
Now that USC has a defensive coordinator, Lane Kiffin has the offseason to finish recruiting, figure out play-calling and bring a physical mentality back to the Trojans.
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.
Alabama's dominating win in the BCS National Championship Game stirs memories of the USC Trojans' similar days of domination. Now, USC must rediscover those old winning ways.
The USC Trojans can unwrap these presents in Sun Bowl and beyond.
Lane Kiffin has the opportunity to re-energize his team if he hires the right defensive coordinator. But hiring the wrong guy could have far-reaching ramifications.
Lane Kiffin just finished coaching one of the most disappointing USC seasons in memory. So why hasn't USC AD Pat Haden pull the plug? A top recruiting class has a lot to do with it, and Kiffin knows it.
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.
Steve Bisheff writes that Lane Kiffin needs to look in the mirror and improve as a coach if he wants to be the long-term answer for the Trojans.
Steve Bisheff writes that Pat Haden staying committed to Lane Kiffin through one of USC's most disappointing seasons could have consequences for the athletic director.
With all the mini-controversies swirling around Lane Kiffin this season, Saturday's showdown with UCLA could have far-reaching implications.
Amid USC's dominating Week 1 win, an investigation involving former player Joe McKnight pins a cloud over the Trojans.
Two years ago, the NCAA dropped what many thought was the kill shot to USC's program. But the Trojans haven't only survived thus far, but they have thrived in the aftermath.
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.
USC and Notre Dame are rivals on the recruiting trail and the field, with several recruiting battles over the years reflecting that.