USC, a talented tease, can’t stay the course against Notre Dame

We start this story with a general point about the way in which teams lose. Many fans would rather see their teams lose big than lose by one point in the final seconds. Some fans would have it the other way. I have my own view, and you have yours, and where you stand is […]

Lane Kiffin, buses, and bad defense: USC faces some familiar demons in Tempe

See the cover image for this story, above? It’s a bus. Two years ago, USC athletic director Pat Haden pulled a man named Lane Kiffin — whom you heard absolutely NOTHING about on Thursday (wink, wink) — off a bus at Los Angeles International Airport and fired him before he got to the school’s campus. […]

Sark sweats, Shaw soars: What Stanford-USC meant to two coaches

Precisely because the Stanford Cardinal struggled so profoundly in their week-one loss to Northwestern, Saturday night’s game against the USC Trojans did not acquire the centrality it figured to own before the season began. The fact that Stanford got knocked off by Northwestern was not overwhelmingly surprising; the shock value in that game flowed from […]

College Football 2015: Which assistant coaches assist the most?

Fans, bloggers, pundits — all of us — easily recognize head coaches. On a national level — beyond the realm of the local beat writer or the team-specific specialist — the people who cover college football from a distance will more immediately identify the face of a head coach than the face of an assistant. […]