Found September 16, 2012 on Football Nation:
Are we REALLY surprised that USC loss to Stanford?!I mean, come on!Now I may be biased, being that I was born and raised in the South. If you think so that's fine, but USC should've never had a pre-season ranking of No. 1. It just should not have happened.It was a true "slap in the face" to both Alabama and LSU. I understand that Lane Kiffen (Head Coach), Max Nikias (President of the USC), and Pat Haden (Athletic Director), had a foolproof plan to delay the scholarship sanctions.Sure, you have Matt Barkley, a Heisman favorite, who turned down the NFL draft. I'm sure that after it's all said and done, Barkley will be expecting some sort of statue of himself outside of Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Maybe even the Rose Bowl.With their superstar quarterback returning, USC clearly had their sights set on starting another decade of dominance. "Could things get any better? But of course!"Not only did USC get Barkley back, they landed Penn State's mo...
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