A year that began with doubt reached certainty only two games into the season and what we now know for sure is that USC isn't very good.
Delivering that message loud and clear was Mike Leach and his Washington Cougars who embarrassed the Trojans 10-7 on a warm September night in front of a stunned Coliseum crowd whose "fire Kiffin" chants displayed more focus than anything the embattled Trojan coach could muster from his inept offense.
Now USC faces the prospect of a 2013 season that is likely to go south in a rapid fashion, and fans of the program are left wondering how such a storied program could be so bad.
This slideshow will look at some of the early storylines that has led to this sad predicament the Trojans find themselves in.
In a year that appears over before it really began, here are some of the things we have learned about this year's version of the men of Troy.