USC Trojans: John Robinson

A first look at the coaching search 

October, 3, 2013
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They’re only college football opinions, but at least they’re all mine:

Is the USC head coaching position really wide open, or is Pat Haden merely conducting a perfunctory search while knowing that Jack Del Rio is already his guy? It’s an interesting question, and the answers you get from connected boosters vary . . .

Things are getting ugly at USC 

September, 9, 2013
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LOS ANGELES -- In the 1976 Academy Award-winning satirical movie “Network,” news anchor Howard Beale (played by Peter Finch) gets so fed up with the state of society that he bellows out one of the most memorable lines in movie history: “I am as mad as hell and I am not going to take this anymore.”

USC fans are rapidly becoming Howard Beale.

No matter how hard the Trojans and their beleaguered head coach, Lane Kiffin, try to move on from Saturday’s stunning upset loss to Washington State in the Pac-12 opener, the ramifications and fallout from the ugly “Fire Kiffin” chants and vindictive booing may be just the beginning.

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LOS ANGELES -- The USC Trojans opened up the 2013 spring ball practice session with a spirited workout, which is typical for the first day of spring.

“I thought things looked good today,” USC coach Lane Kiffin said. “That is usually the case in spring, guys are fired up to get out here and start going to work. I also liked what I saw from our coaches, especially since some of them have only been with us for a short time. They were really ready to go.”

One of the new items to watch for the Trojans this spring is the 5-2 defense which is run by new defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast. Kiffin said that getting the new defense set is the top priority of spring and the highlight play of the day was an example of how the defense can shine. Jabari Ruffin -- who was lined up at defensive end -- had an interception of a Cody Kessler pass after dropping back into coverage and leaping in the air to make the play.

Kessler is part of what is expected to be an intense quarterback competition along with Max Wittek and Max Browne. Kiffin said Kessler was on schedule to be named MVP of the day until the interception and he also liked what he saw from his true freshman.

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Roundtable: USC holiday wishes 

December, 20, 2012
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What are three holiday wishes you would grant to the USC football program for the coming year?

Garry Paskwietz
1. Increased physical level of play: In a recent radio interview, Heisman Trophy winner and former USC running back Marcus Allen said the most important thing for the Trojans to do is to regain the physical style of play that has been a hallmark of the USC program through the years. “We were going to win the game along the way, but the main thing we were going to do is kick your butt,” he said. Who are we to argue with Marcus Allen?

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