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Empire – BallHyped Blog Network http://ballhyped.com Hyping up the best sports blogs and bloggers. Get posting. Get voting. Get Hyped! Mon, 23 Oct 2017 23:04:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.3 Kiffin Dream Job became Trojan Nightmare http://ballhyped.com/2013/10/10/kiffin-dream-job-became-trojan-nightmare/ Thu, 10 Oct 2013 08:14:36 +0000 http://ballhyped.com/2013/10/10/kiffin-dream-job-became-trojan-nightmare/

TweetLane Kiffin, by the numbers, isn’t anything to be admired. Based on wins and losses, he was easily the most overhyped and overpaid head coach over the past 7 years at any level. His combined record of college and NFL positions read 40-36, with no playoff appearances or bowl victories. Kiffin is something different, depending […]

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USC holds off Keeton and Utah State http://ballhyped.com/2013/09/21/usc-holds-off-keeton-and-utah-state/ Sun, 22 Sep 2013 04:11:51 +0000 http://ballhyped.com/2013/09/21/usc-holds-off-keeton-and-utah-state/

TweetWith Utah State invading the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, the rebuilt Southern California defense would receive its first test against the spread option. The athletic dual-threat Chuckie Keeton had already proven himself a quarterback difficult to defend, and his Aggies had tilted the scoreboard for 122 points in their last two outings. The fourth ranked […]

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Kessler gets starting nod for reasons only known to Kiffin http://ballhyped.com/2013/09/10/kessler-gets-starting-nod-for-reasons-only-known-to-kiffin/ Wed, 11 Sep 2013 06:32:43 +0000 http://ballhyped.com/2013/09/10/kessler-gets-starting-nod-for-reasons-only-known-to-kiffin/

TweetThe USC quarterback battle began in the spring, resumed in the summer, and extended into the first two games of the season. From the beginning, it was a race said to be “too close to call”, resulting in the Trojans opening the 2013 season with a two quarterback rotation. Two games, one loss, and a […]

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Washington State Upends Troubled USC http://ballhyped.com/2013/09/10/washington-state-upends-troubled-usc/ Tue, 10 Sep 2013 09:00:39 +0000 http://ballhyped.com/2013/09/10/washington-state-upends-troubled-usc/

TweetNever before had a Mike Leach coached football program won a game without his offense producing a touchdown. It happened for the first time on Saturday, as his underdog Washington State Cougars defeated No. 25 USC in Los Angeles. The Trojans entered their home opener with the same game plan as the prior week. The […]

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Defense Powers USC to 30-13 Victory Over Hawai’i http://ballhyped.com/2013/08/31/defense-powers-usc-to-30-13-victory-over-hawaii/ Sun, 01 Sep 2013 01:17:47 +0000 http://ballhyped.com/2013/08/31/defense-powers-usc-to-30-13-victory-over-hawaii/

TweetA final score will reveal a winner and a loser, without saying much of anything else. Such is the case in Southern California’s season opener, where a 30-point performance may give the illusion that all is right on the offensive front, when in fact it was continuity of the late season struggles of a year […]

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Kennedy Polamalu becomes fourth to exit USC http://ballhyped.com/2013/02/08/kennedy-polamalu-becomes-fourth-to-exit-usc/ Sat, 09 Feb 2013 07:08:23 +0000 http://ballhyped.com/2013/02/08/kennedy-polamalu-becomes-fourth-to-exit-usc/

TweetThe 2012 football season may have ended weeks ago, but we continue to see the fallout from a disappointing 7-6 season. Kennedy Polamalu became the most recent assistant coach to face the firing squad, as he was reportedly let go by Lane Kiffin on Friday. Kiffin hired Polamalu away from the Tennessee Titans in 2010. […]

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USC Football Recruiting: Highs and Lows http://ballhyped.com/2013/02/07/usc-football-recruiting-highs-and-lows/ Thu, 07 Feb 2013 23:24:22 +0000 http://ballhyped.com/2013/02/07/usc-football-recruiting-highs-and-lows/

TweetSouthern California’s day was both success and failure, depending on who you read. With only 13 commitments for the 2013 class, it is the smallest group to be gathered in the past 10 years. The smaller assembly placed the Trojans outside the top-ten of class rankings for the first time since 2002, though it leads […]

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Sanctioned Casualty: Kylie Fitts Decommits from USC http://ballhyped.com/2013/01/08/sanctioned-casualty-kylie-fitts-decommits-from-usc/ Wed, 09 Jan 2013 00:51:20 +0000 http://ballhyped.com/2013/01/08/sanctioned-casualty-kylie-fitts-decommits-from-usc/

TweetSouthern California’s battle with the NCAA may have ended long ago, but the long term effects continue to arise. Now entering the second year of scholarship reduction, the Trojan staff is finding it more difficult to satisfy the interests of all recruits and hold the class together. Kyle Fitts recently became the fifth commitment to […]

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5-star Florida Safety pledges USC http://ballhyped.com/2013/01/04/5-star-florida-safety-pledges-usc/ Sat, 05 Jan 2013 06:52:52 +0000 http://ballhyped.com/2013/01/04/5-star-florida-safety-pledges-usc/

Tweet The final day of 2012 defined a season that was lost just as quickly as hype was gained, and it left a program with nothing to grasp but hope for the future. That future became even more important by game’s end. National Signing Day was merely five weeks away, and each day presents a […]

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Eddie Vanderdoes reopens recruitment http://ballhyped.com/2012/12/28/eddie-vanderdoes-reopens-recruitment/ Fri, 28 Dec 2012 08:49:09 +0000 http://ballhyped.com/2012/12/28/eddie-vanderdoes-reopens-recruitment/

TweetIt wasn’t long ago that USC had 18 commitments for 2013, with the group rated as the top incoming class in the nation. Then came November, and the decommitment of Max Redfield. By early December, it was Eldridge Massington. And before the calendar could make its annual flip, a 5-star defensive tackle becomes the third […]

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4-star Eldridge Massington pledges UCLA http://ballhyped.com/2012/12/18/4-star-eldridge-massington-pledges-ucla/ Wed, 19 Dec 2012 06:57:28 +0000 http://ballhyped.com/2012/12/18/4-star-eldridge-massington-pledges-ucla/

TweetEldridge Massington committed to USC just two days after receiving a formal offer from Lane Kiffin and staff. That was in early May, and it set a west coast course for the Texas native. By early December, the 4-star prospect withdrew his verbal promise and reopened recruitment. And it would take just 13 days for […]

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Quarterback option sits Sanchez on Jets bench http://ballhyped.com/2012/12/18/quarterback-option-sits-sanchez-on-jets-bench/ Wed, 19 Dec 2012 00:10:38 +0000 http://ballhyped.com/2012/12/18/quarterback-option-sits-sanchez-on-jets-bench/

TweetFrom the first game of the first season, it was clear the quarterback wasn’t the same game-changer that he proved to be at USC. And as the years progressed, Sanchez would regress, becoming the target of frustrated media, fans, and even teammates. The former Trojan was able to deflect the constant criticism for nearly 4 […]

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