USC, as we grew to know it this season, is already just a trail of cookie crumbs. Lane Kiffin and Ed Orgeron are growling and scowling on the unemployment line, and no one left behind should sense security, including Cody Kessler.
New head coach Steve Sarkisian is effectively opening up every roster spot for competition in the offseason, meaning that this past spring's quarterback carousel will be in service once more. As players heal from injury, depart for the NFL draft or accept Pat Haden's limited supply of scholarships, one thing that's certain is the Trojans' three current signal callers — Kessler, Max Browne and Max Wittek — are fixated in yet another race toward the starting job.
For the sake of the fanbase's sanity, this is a decision that needs to be made fast.
Sarkisian hopes to evaluate everyone through practices, but Wittek's disadvantage appears insurmountable. He squandered multiple on-field opportunities with a Sun Bowl loss and a career 52.6 completion percentage and was nowhere close to being considered by the University of Washington upon his recruitment in 2011.
That leaves the incumbent and improved Kessler, and prized prospect Browne. Who emerges victorious, and which of Sark's criteria or preconceptions will prove to be the determining factor?
Allow the Coliseum to host a 100-yard decathlon it was destined for.