Sure, the Trojans have been hit with a two-year postseason ban and scholarship limitations that will test their depth and determination over the next few years.
But that doesn't mean too much for now, they insist.
Just five days after the NCAA-imposed sanctions were announced, USC players were already back on the field Tuesday for the next in a regularly-scheduled series of players-only throwing sessions over the summer break.
Featured in the workout were a number of impressive catches from incoming freshman receiver Robert Woods — on one streak route Woods outran and outfought sophomore track standout and cornerback Tony Burnett for a score — and solid play on both sides of the ball. Quarterbacks Matt Barkley, Mitch Mustain and walk-on John Manoogian threw to a host of receivers that included redshirt senior David Ausberry, senior Ronald Johnson and freshmen Kyle Prater and Woods.
After the hour-long workout, redshirt senior linebacker Michael Morgan talked to the media about a variety of topics — the transfer of linebacker Jordan Campbell, the depth chart at the linebacker spot and more.
Morgan also confirmed he would stay at USC and not take advantage of the opportunity to freely transfer to another BCS school, asking, "Why would I leave these guys like that? It's not even worth it. It's only one game when you think about it."
Here's the video with Morgan: