It seemed like it was just handed down yesterday, but it's about to come to an end: tomorrow, June 10, 2014, Southern California football will no longer be on NCAA probation. So much has happened in the last four years! A playoff was put together. The NCAA's reputation as an enforcement agency crumbled. Robert Marve.
Oh, and a bunch of hilarious USC losses. Let's look back on some of the best, remembering that they only happened because the NCAA is biased and Ohio State bullshit something something tattoos.
October 2, 2010 - Washington 32, USC 31
Jake Locker throws for 310 yards, runs for 110 more, and hits an 18 yard completion on 4th and 10 from his own 23 yard line with two minutes left, keeping the Huskies alive on their way to the game-winning field goal. This game is why the Tennessee Titans are simultaneously paying Locker $2 million this year and hoping he gets beaten out by a quarterback Les Miles coached.
November 20, 2010 - Oregon State 36, USC 7
The week before this game, Oregon State lost by 17 to a terrible Washington State team. The weak after, they got shut out by Stanford. So how the hell did they put the beatdown on USC in between? The answer is simpler than you might expect: Mike Riley just wants his guys to have fun, and making Lane Kiffin look incompetent is the most fun. Even more fun than laser tag.
November 27, 2010 - Notre Dame 20, USC 16
Lost to Tommy Rees.
September 24, 2011 - Arizona State 43, USC 22
You know that thing where the quarterback throws a bad, bad interception but there's a flag on the play? And you think, "well, maybe that flag's going to cancel out that bad, bad interception?" About that.
October 27, 2012 - Arizona 39, USC 36
In which science's most perverse question, "Can a non-Louisiana Tech team get 345 yards from one receiver and still lose?" is answered. I can't believe you let Lane come back after this shit.
December 31, 2012 - Georgia Tech 21, USC 7
Had you done the decent thing and fired him then, Lane wouldn't have gotten punched by his own running backs coach two days before the Sun Bowl. The Sun Bowl that they lost. To Paul Johnson. You spend the last day of 2012 getting trucked by Paul Johnson in El Paso. That's a Steinbeck short story.
September 7, 2013 - Washington State 10, USC 7
Washington State ran for seven yards. They only got in the red zone twice; the first possession ended in an interception, the second in a kneeldown. This was like watching a teenager lose a spelling bee to a stray dog. And it was amazing.
September 28, 2013 - Arizona State 62, USC 41
Ah, yes. The game that gave us a new level of coach firedness - "So Bad That We Have To Fire Him Before He Even Gets Back To His Home Or Office." TNT is going to make a movie out of this game some day, and you will be amazed at how good Nick Nolte is as Lane Kiffin in it.
October 19, 2013 - Notre Dame 14, USC 10
Lost to Tommy Rees. Again.