Eight weeks have gone by — eight good weeks — so the Pittman family can talk about what happened with no hint of frustration. Michael Jr. has finally earned a spot at receiver for USC. Michael Sr. finally has something to cheer about, watching his son make big plays against UCLA and Stanford. “Things are definitely getting brighter,” Michael Jr. says. With USC preparing to face Ohio State in the Cotton Bowl, the Pittmans can look past the dark days this fall when Michael Jr. was stuck on the bench, nursing a sore ankle, itching to play.