Hogue Report: Anxious times for USC 

November, 21, 2012
LOS ANGELES – Trojan Nation is in shock. No National Title. No Pac-12 crown. Not even champs of the Pac-12 South Division. Some uncharacteristic losses, and then the capper -- a resounding loss to rival UCLA, which USC has owned over the past decade. This is not expectations. This is not how you sleep well at night.

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Matt Cashore/US PresswireAnother performance like the one the Trojans put forth at Notre Dame last year would be timely for Lane Kiffin and USC.
Since the announcement of sanctions in early 2010, the gloom and despair was quickly turned to hope and excitement. Pat Haden was in Heritage Hall. While there were questions about him, Lane Kiffin was luring top recruits to USC. The new McKay Center was coming. And there were great Trojans emerging like Matt Barkley, Robert Woods, and Marqise Lee.

Now, as of Thanksgiving 2012, the momentum has clearly gone the other way. There is no denying that the program isn’t on the right track. The team is underperforming. They take the field seemingly unprepared, both from an execution standpoint and emotionally. The joy and passion of the game is hard to locate in these Trojans, and the passion of the fans is being directed in calls for change.