No Joy in TrojanLand

Well here is to another loss for the once no.1 ranked USC Trojans.  At least it was against an incredibly talented opponent who is competing for the BCS National Championship.  But it’s hard to take a loss to same Oregon team the Trojans beat last year, an Oregon team that has all same star power and potential the Trojans have.  So what the hell is going on?

Could it be the khaki wearing white visor head let’s hide behind my laminated play card Kiffin?  Could it be the Trojans head coach who is messing up what should have been a stellar season?  Is it fair to just blame one guy?  Hell no, but it’s easier and takes away the pain of a failure…..well…just for a bit anyways.

The Trojans have become a three loss disaster, plagued with mounting penalties and shame.  The team set historic lows with Oregon last week for both years (730) and points (62) allowed.  And after one of the ugliest nights the Coliseum has ever seen, USC has fallen to fifth place in the Pac-12 Conference, ranked behind city rival UCLA in the BCS and appear destined for the Holiday Bowl.   The Bruins!?!?!?  The Holiday Bowl??!?!  OMG, WTF happened to this team?!

Sports Illustrated Magazine asked Kiffin how much of the blame should be placed on him and the coaching staff, Kiffin reluctantly responded saying, “All of it.”  GOOD.  Because it is.  No DUH.  The team’s performance hasn’t matched the talent all season.  It is such an embarrassment.  It really feels like a riches to rags story.

To be fair Kiffin has had to deal with harsh NCAA violations coming into the job, which includes a two-year bowl ban and 30 scholarships revoked for the next three years.  Hmmm, funny.  This is the first season the scholarship restrictions kicked in.  A sign?  Thank GOD Kiffin recognizes the talent running through his program, “”With the players that we have, we should not be 6-3,” Kiffin said on his Sunday conference call with USC beat writers. “There’s only one person for that to fall on — that’s me as the head coach.”

Maybe Kiffin wasn’t the best choice for USC.  Just look at his track record, it ain’t so swell with a career record 36-31.   The Raiders fired him and Tennessee University named their sewage system after he bailed on the Vols football program to head back to sunny SoCal.  He was only at Tennessee for one season!  Kiffin is 0-3 against Stanford, one of the most inexcusable defeats this year. The Trojans also lost to an Arizona State team last season that fired its coach and earlier this season fell to an Arizona squad that UCLA beat 66-10 on Saturday.  The BRUINS again!?!?!

Quarterback Matt Barkley doesn’t seem to be improving and his NFL draft stock is going nowhere but down.  SC’s defensive coordinator, Monte Kiffin (Lane Kiffin’s old man) is just soo beyond bad there are no words to describe it.  Apparently the old man gets paid $1.5 million a year.  Good GOD.  That money is better earned by the water boy than him.  The Gatorade bins and water cups are always filled promptly, the defense on the other hand would be lucky to finish a game with the glass half full.

Funny to think that Kiffin voted his team no.1 in the preseason coaches poll has now fallen to no. 21.  Apparently Kiffin’s childish and immature antics that defined his tenure at Tennessee have returned.  Already he has lied about participating in the coaches poll vote in the preseason, pulled off jersey changes to trick the Colorado Buffalos and banned a local beat writer for reporting injuries…..hmmm what would that be called?  Oh yeah! Honest Reporting!

Sad to think Lane Kiffin and Steve Sarkisian, head coach at Washington, were both the Golden Boys under Pete Carroll.  Now look at them.  Stevie if flying high at Washington and Kiffin is a hot SoCal mess.  Kiffin has a 3-8 record against ranked college football opponents.  Is it too much to ask how Kiffin got to USC in the first place?  Was our football program that desperate to scramble and find a coach?

Kiffin can recruit, no doubt about it but, sad to say, it just doesn’t match his actual coaching abilities.  The Trojans clearly don’t lack talent.  They just lack discipline.  Just count how many penalties the team has already accumulated.  They lead the nation by a landslide, averaging at least 10 penalties a game.  It’s pathetic.   Some say Kiffin cares more about appearance and style than substance.  Maybe he doesn’t have the patience or maturity to be head coach.

Things will most likely get worse next year for the Trojans before they get better.  USC has two more seasons with a loss of 10 scholarship players.  Should SC get rid of Kiffin?  Not yet.  They can’t.  Who else is out there?  I say give the visor wearing khaki loving coach another year.  See if he can salvage what is left of USC football pride.  I mean, can next year get any worse?

Next year won’t be worse than this year because the expectations won’t nearly be as high.  The Trojans are not going to start the season as no.1, HELL, they might not even be ranked in the top 25.  And they shouldn’t, they don’t deserve it, which might be a good thing.  Starting off the season with low expectations might be the best thing to ever happen to the Trojans.  If you’re at the bottom there is nowhere to go but UP right?  I think it will help the players grow, learn from their mistakes and become a team that doesn’t rest on the glamour, the hype, the so-called “style” that Kiffin is supposedly accustomed to.  The real question is: Can the team do it without Kiffin? Better yet: Does the team want to do it without Kiffin?

With his previous coaching jobs producing failed seasons, Kiffin keeps on surprising us by landing better jobs despite never accomplishing much.  After this travesty of a season, will Kiffin still land a better job than USC head coach?  Better yet, will Kiffin ever get USC out of this disgustingly embarrassing mess?  It seems very unlikely that Kiffin will ever see the light of day.    Well, at least not while he is hiding behind that play card.
Read more: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2012/writers/pete_thamel/11/05/lane-kiffin/index.html#ixzz2BU4xfEka

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