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Posts Tagged ‘USC Trojans’

USC Cheerleaders Fraternize With Ducks?

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Does this warrant a removal from the USC Song Girls squad? Or is this like when your girl dirty-dances with another dude and says “it’s only dancing,” only to get majorly pissed if you do the same with a random lady? Oh, and can anyone actually stop the Oregon Ducks offense?

It sure as hell doesn’t look like it.

Reggie Bush Forfeits Heisman Trophy

Reggie Bush

Previous USC Trojans and current New Orleans Saints running back, Reggie Bush, has decided to forfeit his 2005 Heisman Trophy, amid speculation the Heisman committee would strip him of it as punishment for his decisions while attending USC. Bush, the first Heisman winner to forfeit his trophy, made his decision known by releasing the following statement to

Bush’s statement, after the jump

Bryant Moniz Gets Destroyed In USC Game

Bryant Moniz

USC and Hawaii provided us late-night viewers something of an entertaining football game, as long as you aren’t a fan of great defenses. While it was surprising to watch a Monte Kiffin-coached defense to give up big play after big play, USC was never in any serious trouble because Hawaii’s defense couldn’t tackle worth a damn. The result: a video game-like 49-36 final score, complete with a heaping pile of offensive yards (524 for the Trojans and 588 for Hawaii — like I said, video game offenses).

Hawaii’s best chance to pull the upset, however, probably ended when starting quarterback, Bryant Moniz, got absolutely destroyed by USC linebacker, Michael Morgan. Moniz had broken the pocket and was trying to get all the yards he could when he ran, head-first, into the forearm/shoulder area of Morgan, who delivered a knock-out blow that took Hawaii’s quarterback out of the game.

Granted, considering Hawaii’s just-as-poor-as-USC’s defense, an upset was never really something the Trojans had to worry about — Matt Barkley’s stellar game had a lot to do with that — but you can guaran-damn-tee Lane Kiffin’s defense will be put through their paces in USC’s upcoming practices.

“Defensively, we didn’t play very well, obviously,” Kiffin said. “I’m really disappointed with everything in general.”

That sounds like a recipe for long Labor Day weekend workouts and practices for all involved.

What About Layla Kiffin?

Layla Kiffin

Now that Lane Kiffin’s massive middle finger at the Tennessee Volunteers has been delivered, intentional or not, and the fallout has commenced, one question I’ve seen on a recursive basis has to do with Layla Kiffin and whether or not she’ll look as striking in USC garnet as she did in Volunteer orange. Being the eager-to-please blogger that I am, I tried to shed a little light on the question with some quick-and-dirty color manipulation, as seen in the lead image. Now, a woman as attractive as Layla Kiffin could make sweats, t-shirts and hair rollers look good, but, as I think you’ll agree, while she’s certainly easy on the eyes in maroon-looking colors, it’s still not as visually-arresting as the almost-neon orange of Tennessee.

See? We’re doing God’s work here, answering the important questions.

As for her lesser half, his decision to leave went over like about as well as you’d expect. There were rumors of student riots and tear gas, although, I think those were a little overblown, but then again… Now, it’s pretty safe to say the Tennessee students weren’t happy, and, if they were left to their own devices, they might have hung Kiffin in effigy. Instead, the students allowed their campus mainstay, The Rock, to do the talking for them:

Lane's Rock
Click for uncensored version

And with that, the SEC bids a (fond?) farewell to the Kiffin family. While it ended much too soon for this blogger’s taste (strictly for the stories Kiffin generated), it certainly wasn’t forgetful. And hey, it brought Layla Kiffin into our lives.

That’s certainly a good thing — and now we have an idea of what she’ll look like in Trojan red.

UCLA Bruins Play With Fire

The UCLA Bruins will be able to play their season opener, despite the threat of the California wildfires currently ridding the state of its dry deadwood. As you can see in the lead image, the news has Rick Neuheisel excited to the level of King Leonidas proportions.

This. Is. UCLA!!!!!

The Bruins open their season against San Diego State on Saturday in a game that will be played in the Rose Bowl. In a rather magnanimous move, UCLA is also offering free tickets to California firefighters (the article actually says “Southern California firefighters,” just in case there’s a real difference) and their immediate families. Maybe some of them will actually be able to get away from their life/property-saving endeavors to watch LA’s “other” college football team.

A Fine Mess (Tim Floyd)

Tim Floyd and OJ

I’m tempted to make a “Haven’t you folks from LA already learned about messing with folks named O.J.?” joke, but I shall refrain. However, in light of Tim Floyd’s self-imposed excommunication from USC, I’m wondering why on earth he didn’t take the Arizona job. He, better than anyone, knew what was coming down the pipe concerning the O.J. Mayo mess. Lest we forget, Floyd was also displeased with all of his players leaving for the professional leagues.

So again, why on earth did he not bolt for the more prestigious Arizona Wildcats basketball team, especially when there were reports of an offer being on the table? Incidentally, in the linked article, Fox Sports’ Jeff Goodman says of Tim Floyd:

After the jump >>

Tim Floyd is Staying at USC

Tim Floyd

Apparently, the lack of door love has negative effects. Just ask the University of Arizona, who saw their head coaching job offer get turned down by Tim Floyd. Maybe next time, Arizona’s athletic department will allow their back door to be featured while they are entertaining their next coaching prospect.

In other coaching news, Bruce Pearl turned down Memphis’ offer in order to stay in Knoxville — if there ever was one to begin with; although, Pearl just signed a six-year extension to stay in Tennessee — and the University of Georgia finally found their replacement for George Felton in Mark Fox.

Apparently, finding a coaching replacement, even for high-profile jobs like Arizona, is harder than ever. Memphis, meanwhile, is absolutely floundering since John Calipari’s announcement to take the Kentucky job. Rumors of transfers and de-commits now plague a team that was on the cusp of an extended flirtation with college basketball greatness. Now it’s back to the drawing board for program that’s still looking for a new head coach.

No Door Love For Tim Floyd?

Tim Floyd

Or, “The Other Wildcats Want Tim Floyd.” Either one would work. In case you don’t know what I’m babbling about, the Arizona Wildcats have offered their head coaching position to USC’s Tim Floyd — on a non-interim basis — although, unlike a recent hire for another Wildcats team, there was no “door love” waiting for Floyd to make his decision. No “The Door” Facebook pages or anything remotely close to the Calipari/Kentucky hubbub we just sat through.

Nevertheless, the west coast Wildcats have targeted their man, viral popularity explosions of athletic department doors be damned. As long as Floyd can continue to get the O.J. Mayos and DeMar DeRozans of the world, everybody concerned should be pleased — provided he accepts their offer to leave Los Angeles.

Apparently, Floyd has 24 hours to accept or decline Arizona’s offer.