Lane Kiffin is one weird dude.
USC head coach Kiffin abruptly ended a post practice news conference on the field after he was asked by a reporter about an injured player. After answering one question (a total of 30 seconds) he said, “I gotta go,” almost seeming displeased to answer the questions, and then he bolted off the field. Literally…..jogging away. What gives Kiffy?
Here, you can check out the real awkward Lane Kiffin moment yourself: usc-coach-lane-kiffin-ends-news-conference-reporter-asks-injured-player
Apparently there is some sort of ridiculous policy with USC, requesting that the media who have the chance to make it practice “not report on strategy or injuries that are observed during the course of watching that practice or result from that practice.” Wtf? That’s what the media does, report on what matters….and injuries on athletic teams, especially teams who are (were?) supposedly championship bound. Sorry SC, but that policy is ridiculously absurd. You can’t hide injured players in Narnia for long….you know injuries do heal.
The USC Trojans are definitely under a media microscope ever since their 21-14 loss to Stanford last Saturday, quite the Pac-12 upset….and this is only GAME 3?!
A chunk of everybody’s dream in SoCal evaporated after that loss, winning a national championship and Barkley taking home the coveted Heisman trophy. Barkley is still talking to the press admirably and swallowing his “shame” from last week, because let’s face it….it wasn’t pretty for the guy, completing only 20 of his 41 passes for 254 yards with zero touchdowns and two interceptions. Yea, that is still a slow soothing pain just typing that 😦
Hopefully Barkley’s dismal performance will ignite a fire for him and the Trojans who take on the Cal Bears Saturday at the Coliseum. If you have to lose, better to lose to a ranked conference team early in the season rather than later, where it seems to count more.
Can he kiss Heisman goodbye? It’s hard to say. It is so early in the season that he and the Trojans can rally and win every game the rest of the season with Barkley throwing 6 touchdown passes. Considering their somewhat difficult schedule as well as the “oh holy” conference that is the SEC, SC is headed towards some troubled waters.
The Cal game will determine whether the Trojans can rally. Also, to see if Kiffin can give the running game a break and call some effective pass plays, for freaking ONCE in a game. Good God was that ever frustrating. Maybe that was the looming question that haunts him, praying and hoping the press don’t ask him the embarrassing question about the Trojans total running game against Stanford, a whopping 26 yards. No wonder he darted for the door. At least he left the media before munching on some Coliseum grass……oh wait.