Up to Trojans to return to standard 

August, 29, 2013
For the USC Trojans players and coaches, there is a common theme to the 2013 season. Sure, they want to win all their games and they will compete hard against every opponent but there is something else at play.

[+] EnlargeLane Kiffin
Kirby Lee/Image of Sport/US PresswireLane Kiffin has had to face constant offseason questions about the Trojans collapse in 2012.
For every player who signed up to play at USC -- and every coach who accepted the job to coach them -- there is something personal about a 7-6 season like the one the Trojans had in 2012. These players didn’t come to the school for that and they know it’s not an acceptable performance for a program like USC.

The Trojans fans certainly didn’t accept it and they have made their feelings known throughout the offseason. The former USC players didn’t think it was up to their standards. Several of the current players talked about hearing from former players, in blunt terms, that 7-6 is not what USC football is all about.