O'Neill tells USC to have 'special season'

Updated: January 5, 2010, 3:06 AM ET
By Arash Markazi | ESPNLosAngeles.com

The texts popped up on each player's phone a couple of hours after USC had beaten Arizona State 47-37 for its eighth straight win and a first place tie atop the Pacific-10 Conference.

"We have a 10:15 meeting in the morning."

It was an odd text to be getting from the assistant coaches on a Saturday night at 11:15 p.m. The players were celebrating the victory and their unlikely position at the head of a conference they were projected to finish ninth in during the preseason. ...

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