LOS ANGELES -- Everything seemed to be going so swimmingly during the offseason for the USC Trojans, a team that got a big endorsement this week when ESPN national columnist Mark Schlabach revised his 2012 Way-Too-Early Preseason Top 25 and elevated the Cardinal and Gold to No. 1 in the land.
Up until this week, it had been a very positive offseason for Lane Kiffin. Quarterback Matt Barkley elected to return for his senior season, the afterglow of last season's 10-2 record brought forth tremendous momentum and interest, and the recent recruiting haul, though limited in numbers, was still big on quality.
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