Soon the grunts and groans of the college football season begin anew when the USC Trojans take the field in 2013 hoping to wash away the stench of a disappointing 2012 season that saw the men of Troy stumble badly after being named a preseason contender for the championship.
In fact, that process has already started as the Trojans gathered for a voluntary workout on Tuesday for drills and some seven-on-seven workouts.
Included among the returning players are six of the seven prep high school players who enrolled early to participate in spring practice.
Those six players were quarterback Max Browne, safeties Su'a Cravens and Leon McQuay, cornerback Chris Hawkins, wide receiver Darreus Rogers and defensive tackle Kenny Bigelow.
Of those six, Bigelow looked most like a college football player according to Scout.com's Lindsey Thiry.
Meanwhile, Browne, the reigning Gatorade Player of the Year, had a rude welcome the the college game as defensive tackle, George Uko, intercepted his first pass of the day.
In Thiry's eyes, it was a solid workout and there was some illumination regarding linebacker Dion Bailey who will definitely move back to safety in 2013.
Also, of note, was the effective running of tailback Buck Allen who had a solid practice as well.
However, that was only one practice and there will be many more as this session culminates in the spring game which will act as a launching pad to the fall set of practices.
This article will look at some details of that spring game and offer what little information is available about the practice schedule which has yet to be released.
Spring Game Information
Date: April 23
Where: L.A. Coliseum
Television: Pac-12 Network
According to USC's website, the Trojans will allow some visitors to view practices with the following stipulations:
Per NCAA sanctions, the public is not allowed inside the practice facility. However, the first 200 fans to arrive each day can take in weekday on-campus practices on March 5-7-14-26-28 and April 4-9-11 from Dedeaux Deck and Prior Plaza at Dedeaux Field. The viewing public will not be permitted to take video or still photography, or come down onto the football practice field before, during or after practice.
In a year where Kiffin's job is on the line, there has been a lot of shuffling of the coaching staff and USC will be embarking on a new defensive scheme with first year coordinator Clancy Pendergast who will be replacing the traditional 4-3 set with a 3-4 that features a variation 5-2 look.
Along with Pendergast, the Trojans will also be welcoming a new linebacker coach in Mike Ekeler, offensive line coach Mike Summers and running backs coach Tommie Robinson.
While the spring practice may take on a secret nature, Trojan fans won't mind as long as it produces results.
It better or the Trojans will be welcoming a whole new staff in 2014 if they don't.
And that is no secret.