Football deflating latest USC controversy 

November, 8, 2012
The USC Trojans are getting ready for a homecoming matchup against Arizona State with a potential Pac-12 title game berth on the line, yet nobody is talking about USC football today.

As alumni get ready to gather with old classmates with the hopes of watching a Rose Bowl stretch run, they are forced to listen to discussions about their beloved team deflating footballs. Instead of celebrating Marqise Lee and his rise to national prominence or preparing for Matt Barkley to become the all-time conference leader in passing yardage, there is a focus squarely on the behavior of coach Lane Kiffin.

This has been a pattern in the 2012 season. A year that was supposed to be a showcase of USC football succeeding in the face of sanctions has gone sideways with three losses, lots of questions across the board and a series of off-field distractions involving Kiffin.