Trojans on the ropes?

USC coaches are tapping into the sweet science for a little inspiration this week.

Taped to the doors at Heritage Hall, where players enter to get dressed before practice, were flyers with photos of Muhammad Ali standing over a prone Sonny Liston from their famous 1965 prize fight. Above the photo it reads, "13-round heavyweight fight! Round 1 - Hawaii, W. Round 2 - Virginia, W."

Beneath it is the following caption: "As of today, only 43 teams in the nation are 2-0! Stay focused! Toughness and discipline!"

Ali, by the way, won his next eight fights but was stripped of his title (for refusing the draft). Maybe it is a good parallel.