For all the talk of unfinished business, last year's USC story lacked a happy ending. Now the program begins a new chapter hoping for better.
Getting to play in a bowl game allows USC an extra set of December practices that could pay big dividends for young players in 2013.
A look at how the newcomers on USC's roster have done during the first four games of 2012.
The USC Trojans took it easy in Thursday's practice in preparation for their scrimmage on Friday.
The Trojans put on shoulder pads and helmets for the first time during fall camp. The batlle for the third WR position went on while the defense made several big plays.
Sophomore cornerback Anthony Brown looked solid in Monday's first practice, where he started in place of an absent Isiah Wiley.
Scott Starr gave up his last semester at Norco (Calif.) High School to join USC early. He's glad he did that, as there has been a considerable adjustment to college for Starr.
A look at some of the USC Trojans' injuries and a status report for the players involved.
Injuries and fumble problems have hampered D.J. Morgan at USC, but with running back numbers down, the redshirt sophomore knows it's his time to emerge.
A complete look at the USC Trojans going into the start of spring practice on Tuesday, with players and position groups to watch.
USC needs to improve defensively, especially against the pass, to catch up with its explosive offense and continue its 4-1 pace.
Trojans stand up, answer Syracuse's third-quarter challenge before rolling to a 38-17 victory.
Through fall camp the secondary and the ends look to carry the defense, while Barkley-to-Woods is the engine of the offense.