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Arizona State ushers out Kiffin era at USC

Breaking down The Associated Press college football poll after Week 5 of the regular season. — IN AND OUT. No. 22 Arizona State moved into the AP Top 25 – and helped move Lane Kiffin out of a job as Southern California coach. The Sun Devils struck the final blow of Kiffin’s tumultuous tenure with the Trojans in a 62-41 victory Saturday night in Tempe, Ariz. ”That’s the last thing I’m worried about,” Kiffin said when asked about his job status after the game. ”We have to find a way to coach better, to play better.” Count Todd Graham’s Arizona State program among those coaching and playing better than USC these days in the Pac-12 South, joining UCLA and maybe even Arizona. Over in the northern half of the Pac-12, Oregon and Stanford have pretty much left the Trojans in the dust since Pete Carroll departed after the 2009 season. This is unacceptable for one of the crown jewels of college football, so athletic director Pat Haden pulled the plug on the Kiffin era at USC (3-2) in the early morning hours Sunday. Kiffin was 34 when he replaced his former boss at USC, skipping out on Tennessee after just one season in Knoxville. He was never embraced – anywhere. He managed one terrific season – 10-2 in 2011 with the Trojans still serving an NCAA postseason ban. But last year USC started No. 1 and ended the season unranked. The Trojans came into this season with more modest expectations but still considered a contender to win the South. Ugly losses to Washington State and now Arizona State made it clear this was another season heading nowhere. Fan apathy was also setting in at USC. The empty seats at the Los Angeles Coliseum provided overwhelming visual evidence. The next home game is Oct. 10 against Arizona. Haden can now begin the search for a new coach, getting a head start on the competition. That could be helpful if some other big-time programs hit the market (Texas? Nebraska?). Who will USC go after? The usual suspects, no doubt. Expect Boise State’s Chris Petersen to at least be rumored as a candidate. TCU’s Gary Patterson, too. …

ESPN 300 WR has five schools in mind

Carmel (Ind.) High School receiver Austin Roberts has already been to USC. So when he visits in July, it will be a return trip. The difference, though, is Roberts was a freshman when he first visited Los Angeles and was not being recruited by the Trojans. When he arrives July 5, he will do so with a USC offer. “Now it’ll be reversed,” the ESPN 300 recruit and No. 21 receiver said. “I’ve always been a USC fan growing up.

WR Todd takes in USC junior day

Wide receiver Dallis Todd (La Mirada, Calif./La Mirada) has seen his recruitment take off over the past few months. Offers from Clemson, Florida, Nebraska, Ohio State and Texas A&M, among others, made him one of the more sought-after receivers in the West region. But this past weekend, Todd was able to take his first up-close look at an in-state school as he visited USC for the Trojans’ junior day. “Overall it was good,” Todd said. “I got to talk to the coaching staff and coach [Lane] Kiffin.

Signing day Winners and Losers: The SEC keeps rolling, and it wasn’t just Ole Miss (Dr. Saturday)

Ole Miss isn’t a national, or even regional, power in college football.

The Rebels have been to just three bowls since 2003, and didn’t go to one in 2010 or 2011. They haven’t won a SEC championship since 1963.

Dashing through college football’s latest BCS title scenarios, rivalry weekend and more (Yahoo! Sports)

Forty names, games, teams and minutiae making news in college football (Mad Hatter bowling body language video sold separately): THIS THING ISN’T OVER YET Only two weekends remain to determine who will play for the national championship, and only three teams determine their own destiny. They play four games that could decide everything. Unless things get weird again – and after the last two Saturdays, who’s going to rule that out? The Dash is here to sort out the road to South Florida, outlining what needs to happen for the eight schools to reach the title game: Notre Dame (1) . This is the most clear-cut scenario of them all: Win one game Saturday against USC and the Irish are in. But anyone who knows the history of this rivalry isn’t taking anything for granted in Los Angeles on Saturday – even with Matt Barkley reportedly out. Notre Dame knows heartbreak in the Coliseum. Heisman favorite Manti Te’o faces another test this week against USC. (Reuters) In 1964, the Fighting Irish were undefeated…

Meyer’s first Buckeye win a record-breaker; USC blasts Hawaii

Braxton Miller helped make Urban Meyer's first game as Ohio State coach a record-breaking romp for the Buckeyes.

Ohio State Football: How 2012 Buckeyes Can Be as Successful as 2011 USC Trojans

Ohio State’s 2012 season will be limited to just the 12 games in the regular season regardless of record due to the NCAA sanctions levied against the program.
Luckily, they have finally killed the negative momentum that had hampered the …

Ohio St. Gets One-Year Bowl Ban; Will South Carolina?

As you’ve probably seen, the NCAA did not accept Ohio St.’s self-imposed penalties and, instead, gave the Buckeyes a one-year bowl ban and increased scholarship penalties. Will that happen to USC?

IMO, it won’t. You’re going to hear some people …

Media reaction from the Ohio St. ruling

I chuckle at the feigned outrage we now see from some in the press now that other schools are in the NCAA’s cross hairs.

Sadly, some of these people still get wrong when it comes to USC.

Mark Schlabach (on …

Ohio State’s sanctions have USC loyalists questioning Trojans’ anew

Buckeyes get one-year bowl and title ban for players’ memorabilia sales; Trojans got two-year ban over Reggie Bush home issue. It’s a case of no monitoring versus no institutional control, NCAA says. The NCAA, in its infinite bureaucratic wisdom, slapped Ohio State’s football program upside the head Tuesday.

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