The USC Trojans were expecting big things in 2012. They had Heisman Trophy favorite Matt Barkley back at quarterback to lead them back to a BCS Championship, as well as an experienced and talented wide receiving corps plus a top running back transfer in Silas Redd from the Penn State Nittany Lions. Everything seemed to be lining up for Lane Kiffin to lead USC to a national championship this 2012 NCAA Football season.
Fast forward a few months, and that is no longer an option.
At this point, the Trojans can still make some noise, but they are not playing for the BCS Championship. The Pac 12 Championship. Maybe. Pride? Sure. Kiffin’s job? Absolutely.