Curtain rising on new era for USC

Like a Broadway show that closed prematurely into its fourth season, the USC football program, after nearly a two-week layoff, will reopen Thursday night with a new lead actor and several subplots in its gridiron theater known as the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

Entertaining the University of Arizona in a Pac-12 South Division performance, the Trojans will debut interim head coach Ed Orgeron, showcase a “new season” theme, and unveil changes in cast and characters.