After an off 2009, controversy entered Southern California in the form of their coach Lane Kiffin. He has been constantly been surrounded with drama, from his firing from the Oakland Raiders in 2008 to his small feud with former Florida coach Urban Meyer. Kiffin, in early 2010, up and left the Tennessee Volunteers after one year for the Trojans, whom he had previously coached from 2001-2006.
In addition to the scandals surrounding their head coach, the Trojans are also staring down a 2-year bowl ban ending after the 2011 season, four years of probation, a loss of 30 scholarships spread over a three-year period, and a loss of all success involving Reggie Bush. In the fall of 2010, Bush returned 6 awards from 2005, including the Heisman Trophy.
Yet, despite whatever has happened at USC, they have still managed to recruit stellar classes over the past three seasons. According to ESPN.com, their 2009 class was 4th, their 2010 class was 7th, and their 2011 class was 4th. With the return of quarterback stud Matt Barkley, the 2011 season has the potential to be a memorable one.