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2015 Trojans Need to Look to 2004

by Greg Katz

LOS ANGELES – The University of Southern California Trojans last won a national championship just over ten years ago, or have you already forgotten about the 2004 season, which culminated with a merciless 55-19 demolition of the Oklahoma Sooners in the BCS Championship Game at the Orange Bowl.

It’s safe to say that a lot has gone down since that Trojans spanking of the Sooners that evening in Miami. There was painful BCS championship game loss to Texas the following season, some ensuing Pac-12 championships, the departure of Pete Carroll back to the NFL, the grotesque NCAA sanctions and its unsavory investigations and emails, and the Trojans regrouping after the turbulent Lane Kiffin tenure.

So now comes the 2015 season and the Trojans are back in the conversation to at least be considered as a dark horse for a College Football Playoff possibility, or maybe it just seems as though college football would like to see the Men of Troy return to the national picture in a big way.

If it’s true that knowledge is power, in its spare time, the 2015 Trojans might want to head to the John McKay Center and check out video of the 2004 national champions.

Click here to read the full story at the ESPN USC blog



Greg Katz
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Greg Katz

Now in his 58th season of either writing, broadcasting, or just plain watching USC football, WeAreSC columnist Greg Katz began his affiliation with the website back in 2001, introducing his well-received O/NSO (The Obvious/The Not So Obvious) column and later adding his respected IMHO Sunday opinion and tidbits column. Greg, a former ESPN.com college football staff writer covering USC, is also a member of the Football Writer's Association of America. He is also known in Southern California as a professional public address announcer, having called the the 1996 Rose Bowl Game between USC and Northwestern. Greg also holds a master's degree in athletic administration and was a former varsity high school coach of 27 years.


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