Close but no cigar

'National title or bust' standard kept some USC coaches from being elite

Updated: June 21, 2012, 9:17 PM ET
By Greg Katz |
LOS ANGELES -- You've perhaps heard the term "close but no cigar?" Well, there have been USC head football coaches that actually got the cigar, but they didn't come close enough to smoke the big stogie.

The cigar is bowl appearances, but the big stogie is national championships.

Greg Katz | email