They have yet to play a game and maybe they will stumble somewhere. Maybe more than once and then they will drop back in the pack.
But don’t count on it. USC is back. Back from getting whacked by the NCAA for the sins of Reggie Bush. Back from a no bowl ban edict. Back from scholarship reductions that are still having their sting. Back from the days when Pete Carroll ran a loose ship in which people laughed, played jokes and won games.
And oh yes, they broke the rules. Lots of them if you listen to the NCAA.
But now there are new sheriffs in town. Lane Kiffin is back as the head coach and his history raised some eyebrows, especially for the way he came and went from Tennessee.
Perhaps more importantly, Pat Haden is the USC athletic director and he really knows what he is doing and has given USC credibility in an area in which former AD Mike Garrett never touched.
So mix it all together with some creative recruiting and you have a formula for success that could work and should work.
Oh, there will be questions about depth–the scholarship limitations will have their desired effect of making things tougher for USC. But winning will help sooth that. The more you win, the more they will want to come.
Under Pete Carroll, USC won two national championships in five seasons. They should have won a third and perhaps even a fourth.
They were a dynasty in the making and then the Reggie Bush stuff happened and the kingdom came down.
Now it is being built back up.
USC is back. And it may be awhile before it slips.© Copyright 2012 Mark, All rights Reserved. Written For: A Jersey Guy