USC thought it had finally slogged its way out of the shadow of athletic scandal.
The Reggie Bush sanctions had long been lifted. The O.J. Mayo sanctions had long been forgotten. The Steve Sarkisian mess was just a memory.
With a new athletic director, new training facilities and a soon-to-be-just-like-new Coliseum, the Trojans appeared to be skipping brightly back along the path toward past greatness.
Until, suddenly, they were tripped by that pesky afterthought known as USC basketball.
And now they are once again stumbling, stumbling, stumbling.
The season began with the firing of associate head coach Tony Bland and the suspension of heralded guard...