Coach Clay Helton has already picked out what video he will cue up when USC meets as a team for the last time before the Rose Bowl.
It’s from the 2004 Rose Bowl. A Michigan defensive back is draped around the left arm of a receiver. The receiver plucks the ball out of the air with his right hand, high steps out of a tackle and swaggers into the end zone.
“They give me a hard time about it sometimes,” USC graduate assistant Keary Colbert, who made the catch, says about the current Trojans.
By its own lofty standards, USC has gone a long time since its last Rose Bowl appearance in 2009. That tied the Trojans’...