Stanford-USC Takes Friendly Turn

PRK/PR Photos

David Shaw isn't Jim Harbaugh and Lane Kiffin isn't Pete Carroll, but Stanford vs. USC is pretty much as big as ever.

That's all a good thing heading into Saturday's tilt at Stanford Stadium -- for the two programs and definitely for Shaw and Kiffin, the young heirs to this rekindled and recently recalibrated rivalry.

"It's a little more friendly rivalry, a little more respectful, than it was for the last couple of head coaches," Kiffin said on the Pac-12 conference call this week.

Unlike Carroll and Harbaugh and their "What's your deal?" confrontation after Harbaugh gleefully ran it up on USC in 2009, Kiffin and Shaw almost certainly won't be screaming at each other in the moments after this...

Read Full Article »

Recommended Articles

First Road Test for Stanford's Nunes

Jon Wilner, San Jose Mercury News - September 27, 2012

To prepare quarterback Josh Nunes for the noise in Seattle's CenturyLink Field on Thursday, Stanford blasted music during practice this week To prepare Nunes for problems communicating with his linemen and receivers, the... more »

Stanford Runs Out of Luck ... Literally

Dennis Dodd, CBS Sports - September 28, 2012

This is what it looks like without Andrew Luck: Going from Heisman finalist to newbie on the road. Going from rocket arm to unsure. Going from team leader to, well, goat. Ask Josh Nunes. “That was on me,” said... more »

Stanford Out of Fortune, Top 10

Jon Wilner, San Jose Mercury News - September 28, 2012

Stanford's stay in the top 10 will be short-lived. The eighth-ranked Cardinal wasted a third quarter lead Thursday and lost to Washington 17-13 at CenturyLink Field — its first regular-season defeat to a team other than... more »

USC's Glitzy Offense Failing to Produce

Scott Wolf, Los Angeles Daily News - October 3, 2012

When USC coach Lane Kiffin was asked about West Virginia's 70-63 victory over Baylor last weekend, he said, "I don't know how you do that. It's just amazing. It's hard to do that (against) air." USC quarterback Matt Barkley... more »

USC Doing Some Damage Control

Scott Wolf, Long Beach Press-Telegram - September 22, 2012

USC coach Lane Kiffin drew parallels this week between the Trojans' loss to Stanford and last year's first loss at Arizona State to demonstrate the season is far from over. But for every similarity there is a difference that... more »