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Taylor King won’t play at USC

The former Santa Ana Mater Dei star previously announced he would be transferring to USC this year.The former Santa Ana Mater Dei star previously announced he would be transferring to USC this year. [L.A. Times]

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USC’s Marc Tyler among leaders for starting roles

Tailback Marc Tyler, receiver Robert Woods, wideout Ronald Johnson, middle linebacker Devon Kennard and freshman cornerback Nickell Robey all work with first-team unit.There was no official announcement, but as USC moved toward game-week preparations for Hawaii, several competitions for starting positions came into clearer focus Monday. [L.A. Times]

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A poll apart could be USC’s salvation

The Trojans are on NCAA probation and ineligible for bowl games and the BCS national title. But the Associated Press won’t exclude them from its rankings, and if they go 13-0, and several other factors break just right, they could be crowned champions by AP.After weeks of bad news, asterisks, sanctions, appeals, record-expunging and acts […]

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Attrition at tailback could become a concern for Coach Lane Kiffin

Allen Bradford suffers an apparent knee bruise and joins fellow senior C.J. Gable (hamstring and shin soreness) on the sidelines one day before a limited-contact scrimmage.USC goes into survival mode Saturday, Coach Lane Kiffin hoping his team can get through a limited-contact scrimmage without major injury in the final workout before classes begin. [L.A. Times]

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At USC, J.K. McKay is still Pat Haden’s go-to guy

McKay, quarterback Haden’s favorite receiver when they played for the Trojans in the 1970s, now is new athletic director Haden’s point man overseeing a troubled football program. The dynamic hasn’t changed much, and their close friendship has only grown stronger.J.K. McKay says he is not George Orwell, this is not 1984, and he is not […]

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