Steve Bisheff

Steve Bisheff

Steve Bisheff has been covering the Trojans since the 1960's, first as a student reporter and then in a newspaper career that resulted in him being inducted into the class of 2012 for the USC Athletics Hall of Fame.

Posts by Steve Bisheff 26 results

Choice should be easy for Helton

by Steve Bisheff Clay Helton makes it sound as if it is an extremely difficult decision. It really isn’t. Max Browne should be his guy. Browne and Sam Darnold, the promising redshirt freshman, engaged in a lively quarterback competition all spring at USC, but the only way Darnold could win the job was to be overwhelmingly impressive while ...

Helton ready for lead role

by Steve Bisheff It is almost a fantasy scenario, something right out of a nearby Hollywood sound stage. Clay Helton is like a longtime character actor who suddenly has been handed the lead role in a full-blown Spielberg epic. Instead of his own movie star trailer, he has a plush office in the glitzy, $70 million John McKay Center. Instead ...

A few USC suggestions

by Steve Bisheff If I had a secretary today, I’d tell her to come in, flip open her notebook and take down the following: MEMO TO PAT HADEN: Here’s hoping you take that pre-game health scare in South Bend as a sign. It’s time, Pat. It’s time to step back and let someone else to make the most pressure-filled decision USC football has ...

What is Haden status now?

by Steve Bisheff The news about Steve Sarkisian was as stunning as it was sad, and after it was all absorbed and digested on Sunday, the one question everyone involved with USC football wanted answered was this: What is Pat Haden’s status now? Does the sport’s most beleaguered athletic director want to stick around and make the next ...

Get Ready For RJ II

by Steve Bisheff Robert Griffin III quickly became RG III when he won the Heisman Trophy at Baylor. Well, maybe it is time to start referring to USC’s newest breakout star as RJ II. Ronald Jones II has burst into the Trojans’ tailback rotation as easily as he bursts into opposing secondaries, juking his way here, cutting back there and ...

Mitchell looking for breakout fall

by Steve Bisheff The USC breakout star of the spring is now busy at work trying to prove he can become the breakout star of the fall. Amid all the preseason hype surrounding this football team, you hear plenty of discussion about Cody Kessler, JuJu Smith-Schuster, Adoree' Jackson and a myriad of others. Nobody seems to mention Steven ...

Troy of Troy

by Steve Bisheff “I believe God named me Troy for a reason,” he used to say. “I was born to come here.” Troy Polamalu felt a greater power led him to USC, and if it did, we should all feel very grateful. A few days after the future Hall of Fame safety announced his retirement from the Pittsburgh Steelers, it seems only appropriate ...

Time To Temper Expectations

by Steve Bisheff Enough with all these experts saying a) USC has a big shot at making the College Football Playoff and b) the Trojans should win the Pac-12 handily. How about USC first proving its can capture its own division? How about the Trojans demonstrating they can actually make it to the conference title game before worrying about ...

Slow Down Before Judging Opener

by Steve Bisheff The temptation, after watching that opening night showcase performance, is to start gushing about USC’s overwhelming talent and dazzling depth, its raw explosiveness and breathtaking athleticism. It would be so easy to look ahead and start projecting all those virtues into 10, 11, maybe even 12 victories. Don’t do it. It ...

Don’t Sleep On Buck

by Steve Bisheff Some lucky NFL team is about to get a lot of bang for its “Buck.” When the league gathers this week for the TV extravaganza the NFL draft has become, it appears Javorius “Buck” Allen, USC’s highly productive 2014 tailback, will not be selected until sometime in the fourth or fifth round. If, indeed, that is the ...