The problem with coaching USC is you're coaching USC. If you don't really understand what that means, then you're doomed to fail. That's the lesson learned by Lane Kiffin, who was fired shortly after the team's charter flight landed in Los Angeles early Sunday morning after his team's 62-41 loss at Arizona State, the school announced before any reporter could claim the news story prize.
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Four months ago, Christian Hackenberg was kicking up sand near the dugout as part of the Fork Union (Va.) Military Academy baseball team. He was finding free time, between baseball and classwork, to break out flash cards and study the Penn State playbook -- names of plays and formations on one side and blank on the other, so he could scribble what they looked like.
about 610 days ago | Josh Moyer | Penn State Nittany Lions
It all seemed so simple before Week 1 of last year. Six quarterback competitions, six resolutions before the first game of the year. Taylor Kelly had won the gig at ASU. Jordan Webb set foot on campus and was almost instantly Colorado's starter.
How many is too many for Marqise Lee this season? It sounds like a relatively harmless question considering USC's All-Planet junior is unanimously regarded as the finest college wide receiver in America.
There are special rivalries -- Army-Navy, Auburn-Alabama, Ohio State-Michigan, USC-Notre Dame -- to which all college football fans tip their caps. But every college football rivalry is great -- and bitter -- for those who are invested in one team or the other.
about 628 days ago | Ted Miller | Washington Huskies
Josh Shaw transferred from Florida to USC in the spring of 2012 thinking he was leaving an SEC power for a national title contender. Didn't exactly work out like that. "I think everyone had big goals -- we all had national championship aspirations," said Shaw, a regular contributor for the Gators as a redshirt freshman in 2011.