Although the Washington State loss is bitterly disappointing for the USC faithful, in the long run, it may be a positive step in the right direction because it revealed, in unequivocal fashion before a large home crowd, the epic failures of Lane Kiffin. In an era dominated by the spread offense created by Chip Kelly, Kiffin clings helplessly to his laminated play chart like a deer in the headlights.
The contrast between Kiffin, who has handcuffed the offense, and Clancy Pendergast, who has unleashed a revitalized, monster defense, could not be more startling. Repeatedly getting the ball to Marqise Lee on a reverse, or sideline or swing pass, so that he can try to single-handedly to beat the other team's defense, is no more likely to be successful than Kobe Bryanttaking over a Lakers game and trying to score one on five against the opponent.
With the New York Yankees' season nearing its end, their public-address announcer, L.A. native Paul Olden, should hurry back to his hometown to reprise his iconic moment from 35 years ago and ask USC football fans, "What is your opinion of Kiffin's performance?" Their response will make Tommy Lasorda's look decorous in comparison.
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In the aftermath of Saturday's stunning home defeat, the Trojans purportedly held a players-only meeting to clear the air (which may or may not have occurred, depending on whom you believe) even though Lane Kiffin flat-out rejected the idea, claiming, "those never work."
Well, I have news for you, Coach: Neither do bubble screens!
It's becoming very obvious to many USC fans that there are only two people who believe that Lane Kiffin is a really good coach: Kiffin and Pat Haden. The rest of us are left to wonder how many losses will it take before Haden makes a real decision on the future of USC football?