- Steve Bisheff, WeAreSC.com
LOS ANGELES -- The image has changed, but the pressure hasn't.
Lane Kiffin established himself as a big-time head coach in 2011, overcoming the problems and sanctions to go 10-2 in his second season and nudge USC back into the national spotlight.
But now the expectations have risen along with the good vibes, and the young head coach and his trusty visor will begin this eagerly awaited spring camp knowing that no less than a top-five ranking and a BCS bowl bid in the fall will keep Trojans fans happy.
Lane Kiffin showed his coaching chops last season, leading USC to a 10-2 record. But he'll be in the crosshairs in 2012, as Trojans fans will be expecting a championship contender.