After scanning the 2013 football depth chart released last week, I wonder if head coach Lane Kiffin understands the inherent contradiction between the terms “2013 USC football” and “depth” and the big oxymoron he has published for the USC fan base. With his job hanging in the balance, Kiffin enters 2013 with a perilously thin roster, once again devoid of honest positional competition and serviceable backups. Brace yourselves for some dismal math. If everyone returns healthy from their spring injuries, excluding junior wide receiver George Farmer, who is already pronounced out for the season, USC will field 68 scholarship players this season, only 29 of whom are upperclassmen
It was well known after the completion of the 2012 season that USC was going to have to replace its entire defensive secondary for the upcoming season. Of those positions, the one that offers the least concern is the strong safety slot where the Trojans will welcome back Dion Bailey to the position he originally came to play at USC.
USC and Cal hosted Mixon on junior day visits, and the Trojans are viewed by the 247Sports panel of experts as the most likely landing spots for Joe Mixon. The visit to Washington yesterday was especially huge, because analysts also view the Huskies and the Golden Bears as likely landing spots. Mixon seems like a “west coast guy”, but he has three huge offers from Texas A&M, Notre Dame, and Oklahoma to watch for outside the region. We’ll see if Cal and USC can keep last year’s 1,443-yard rusher in the state. And don’t forget about Oregon either, because an offer to a running back from the Ducks can really be a game-changer.
Entering the postseason fresh off of a fifth-place finish at the PING/ASU Invitational, the top-ranked women’s golf team hopes to shrug off any rust or fatigue as it prepares for the start of the Pac-12 Championships in Valencia, Calif. UCLA will host the event at the difficult Valencia Country Club. The Women of Troy head into the tournament with three tournament victories and an NCAA-leading streak of seven consecutive top-five finishes dating back to 2012.
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