I wasn't at practice, I heard the substance of the question on the radio, so I'm breaking no rules by writing this. But Kiffin was infuriated that a reporter had just told opponents his most important offensive lineman might be healthy again.
"I got killed for this walk-off deal, and it could have been handled better, I agree with that. I made a snap decision and I learned from it," Kiffin said. "But it did really hit me that some people just don't understand my point."
His point is one that fans will surely embrace: He's trying to protect his kids by trying not to reveal anything that opponents would use against them.
Yet the media's point is one that longtime local sports followers will surely embrace: If folks like John McKay, John Robinson and Pete Carroll won national titles with an open, swaggering attitude of "We don't care what you know, we'll still beat you," why can't Kiffin do the same?
"I understand that's what everybody might say about our history, but that's just dumb," Kiffin said. "You always look at things and try to improve them. You want to keep running the student body right?"
I'm guessing Trojans fans just want this entire standoff to disappear so the coach and his team can focus only on football. I'm thinking they are tired of their coach being in the news for ticky-tack things like forbidden Coliseum walk-throughs and healthy kicker Alex Wood wearing Andre Heidari's No. 48 jersey.
I know Kiffin is tired of it too. Yet Kiffin says he doesn't know any other way.
"I talked to Tim Tebow this summer, and he told me how his senior year at Florida was so tough because they were expected to win every game big, and that took some of the fun out of it," Kiffin said. "I'm doing everything to take the pressure off my guys so they don't miss out on that fun."
Three weeks into what was supposed to be one of the Trojans' most glorious seasons, one thing most folks can agree upon is that we're all still waiting for the fun.