Lucius Allen

Short-handed USC proves its critics wrong; Untried Trojans bench comes up big when called; Notes

Southern California is bound to run out of bodies/gas any day now.

You just wait.

And wait.

And wait.

When they beat then-No. 2 Arizona on Saturday, the Pacific 10 Conference-leading Trojans were down to four starters and a bunch of guys loitering around their bench. That's all that was left when Sam Clancy and Jarvis Turner went down for the season Thursday.

The four starters who remain are pretty good, and they have a cause. Coach Henry Bibby has seen to that. After the Trojans' victory over the Wildcats, the unembraceable Bibby thanked the media that had written them off for the inspiration.

No matter that the only column like that floating around...