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Rise Of Troy

Why it started? USC won four national titles under Howard Jones from 1925-1940, so the program already had a successful pedigree, but it had not won a Rose Bowl since 1953. Enter McKay, who was exceptional at coaching and recruiting, and a perfect fit for the program.

Why it ended? It didn't really end in 1974. After going 8-4 in 1975, John Robinson took over and kept on winning. The Trojans split a national title in 1978 and finished No. 2 in 1976 and 1979.

Did you know? On Sept. 12, 1970, USC became the first fully integrated team to play in the state of Alabama. The Trojans ran over the Crimson Tide 42-21, with all six TDs being scored by black players. That 12-0 squad defeated five teams ranked 18th or higher by an average of 22 points. -- Ted Miller