NCAA didn't take away USC's swagger

Sanctions stripped wins, memories and scholarships, but didn't strip the attitude

Updated: September 1, 2010, 5:39 PM ET
By Mark Saxon | ESPNLosAngeles.com

HONOLULU -- In the last three months, we've learned a few things about what the NCAA can and can't do to USC.

It can void the most memorable victories in a generation. It can snap its fingers and make 30 scholarships disappear. It can ban the Trojans from bowl games. By forcing them to erase Reggie Bush's records, it can even deny them treasured memories.

But it can't touch this program's confidence, or at least the outward signs of it. USC's swagger could work like armor -- or it ...

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