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Louisville transfer Shaqquan Aaron is thrust into a critical role for the Trojans

Louisville transfer Shaqquan Aaron is thrust into a critical role for the Trojans

While his new teammates were fighting to move on last season during USC’s first NCAA tournament appearance since 2011, Shaqquan Aaron was at his mother’s home in Los Angeles.

The cable was on the fritz and the Internet was down, so Aaron, his mom and his sister watched the game on his phone. The first half was tense but going well. By halftime, USC led Providence by a point. Plus, the Internet started working again so Aaron beamed the second half from his computer onto the television.

“I had the remote,” Aaron recalled.

Then USC blew a last-second lead, failing to cover an inbound pass, and lost by one point.

“And...