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  1. Sarkisian's to-do list

    Mark Saxon

    LOS ANGELES - Steve Sarkisian has always had a nice sense of timing. He had it when he was 28: Thanks to a recommendation from Norm Chow, he convinced Pete Carroll to hire him as an assistant coach. His previous coaching experience was limited to ...

    Blog | December 02, 2013
  2. USC Grades: Poor showing vs. UCLA

    Mark Saxon

    The tangible stakes in Saturday's rivalry game were practically nil. Do UCLA and USC fans really care whether their team plays in the Sun Bowl or the Las Vegas Bowl? What UCLA's 35-14 semi-domination did was send one team, UCLA, into the off-season w...

    Blog | December 02, 2013
  3. USC Grades: Setting up the showdown

    Mark Saxon

    While USC was dealing with the cold mountain weather and holding off a scrappy Colorado team, 47-29, Saturday night, UCLA was guaranteeing that the ultimate prize wouldn't be at stake in this Saturday's renewal of the great rivalry. Arizona State hel...

    Blog | November 25, 2013
  4. USC Grades: Momentum builds after Oregon State win

    Mark Saxon

    Anyone who recalls the name Jeff Van Orsow will realize how important USC's 31-14 win at Oregon State was to the program. He was the Beavers defensive lineman who batted down John David Booty's pass on a two-point conversion attempt to preserve Orego...

    Blog | November 04, 2013
  5. Kiffin: Dad said he'd resign after Oregon

    Mark Saxon

    Shortly after USC's 62-51 loss to Oregon in November -- and four games before the end of the season -- the mastermind of the Trojans' defense, Monte Kiffin, informed his son he would be stepping down at the end of the season. Lane Kiffin revealed tha...

    Blog | February 27, 2013
  6. Recruiting defections: the price of uncertainty

    Mark Saxon

    If you find yourself wondering about the future of Lane Kiffin a lot these days, imagine if you were about to entrust your teenage son to him for the next four or five years. Now, imagine if you were that teenager, about to embark on the most exci...

    Blog | February 06, 2013
  7. Monte Kiffin's move leaves a sad aftertaste

    Mark Saxon

    If you were paying even casual attention to USC football, you're probably not exactly floored by Thursday night's announcement that Monte Kiffin is stepping down as USC's defensive coordinator. It felt for a while as if this was coming. Things jus...

    Blog | November 29, 2012
  8. 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
  9. Trojans cram for Irish history exam

    Mark Saxon

    It was 32 years ago, but Scott Tinsley still remembers what it felt like to walk through the tunnel to the Coliseum field that day. You could hear the crowd's roar get louder with each step. "It was like you were ready to jump out of an airplane,"...

    Blog | November 23, 2012
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. Holmes is USC's center of attention

    Mark Saxon

    LOS ANGELES - In the locker room after USC's 38-28 win at Utah last week, senior center Khaled Holmes cleared his throat and spoke up before coach Lane Kiffin even had a chance to address the team. Later, USC posted the video, crackling with postgame...

    Blog | October 09, 2012
  16. 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