Trojan force

With the Trojans freed from a bowl ban, they're focused on only a championship

Updated: August 9, 2012, 11:26 AM ET
By Brett Forrest | ESPN The Magazine

ON JULY 24 in Los Angeles, Lane Kiffin was suffering through the Pac-12's preseason media conference, but his mind was elsewhere. The day before, the NCAA had penalized Penn State so severely that everyone in college football winced -- except Kiffin. The USC head coach knew what it felt like to get pinched by the NCAA. The Trojans had just completed a debilitating two-year postseason ban, and they face two additional years of scholarship reductions. But Kiffin's empathy for Penn ...

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