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Trojans rebuilding brick by brick

USC's wild win over Arizona State on Saturday shows a team still taking baby steps

Updated: November 7, 2010, 4:57 PM ET
By Mark Saxon | ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- Troy wasn't sacked in a day. Rome wasn't built in a day.

It took NCAA investigators four years to bring the USC football program to its knees, so give this team a little time to stagger to its feet and regain its old, confident gait. Games like Saturday's, a zany 34-33 victory over Arizona State against a lackluster Coliseum backdrop, counts as a baby step. Add them all up in a year or two and maybe they'll add up to a giant leap.

Or maybe not. For every sign of ...

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