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While you were on vacation ... USC

Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller

The eighth of 10 quick updates on offseason Pac-10 goings on.

USC in a sentence

  • USC is the reverse of last year with just three starters back on defense and nine starters back on offense, but what remains the same is the expectation that the Trojans will win the Pac-10 for the eighth consecutive season and perhaps contend for a third national title in the Pete Carroll Era.

The big issue

  • Some might say it's finding a new quarterback or rebuilding the defense, but the Trojans talent at quarterback and across the board on defense remains super-elite. The biggest concern is the schedule, perhaps the nation's toughest, because it features road games against four top-25 programs and no true patsies.

Quick hit news

  • Shareece Wright is not considered a returning starter, but he was the starting cornerback in the first two games of 2008 before he suffered a neck injury. Former defensive coordinator Nick Holt said he was the Trojans best cover corner.

  • USC released an unusual video statement about the NCAA investigations into the football and basketball programs, the gist of which was the athletic department was cooperating but otherwise was in limbo awaiting the reports.

  • The Trojans will feature a new offensive play-caller (Jeremy Bates) and new defensive coordinator (Rocky Seto) this season. In total, there were four changes in the coaching staff, though Seto was promoted from secondary coach and defensive line coach Jethro Franklin, was previously on staff.

  • Receiver Vidal Hazelton transferred to Cincinnati, while running back Broderick Green bolted to Arkansas.