A Dark Sark Day

New Southern California football head coach Steve Sarkisian pauses for a moment during a news conference on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013, in Los Angeles. USC hired Sarkisian away from Washington on Monday, bringing back the former Trojans offensive coordinator to his native Los Angeles area and the storied program where he thrived as Pete Carroll's assistant. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

So I was just about to write-up a post about the dismal Sarkisian situation this Monday morning, and as it turns out, he was fired in a matter of hours, right after lunchtime PST to be exact.¬† Didn’t know it could get any worse ūüėõ

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This is definitely one of the darkest times USC football has ever faced. The head football coach has become persona non grata on campus, go figure.  Reggie can now plan his celebrated return, Bush pushing it back to Heritage Hall.

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The issue of Sark being a drunk shouldn’t really come as a surprise to us SC fans, let alone Pat Haden.¬† Apparently the Washington Huskies, his previous coaching job before taking on SC, were well aware of his addiction and some players even took to their Twitter to LOL about the situation.

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Fox Sports even reported several additional incidents that involved Sark and the bottle. Among the reported incidents:

‚ÄĘ One former Huskies player claims he “smelled alcohol” on Sarkisian at team meetings “one or two” times;

‚ÄĘ Another ex-Huskie said that in 2009, Sarkisian sometimes arrived at meetings “smelling like booze” and with his “eyes all red”;

‚ÄĘ Two other former Huskies said Sarkisian and other coaches regularly drank alcohol in their offices;

‚ÄĘ Several receipts obtained by the Times¬†show hefty tabs for alcohol paid for in Sarkisian’s name.

So how was Pat Haden not aware of ANY of this?  How was this guy even hired?

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This unfortunate incident sadly exposes a gaping issue that is bigger than crunk Sarkisian, which could be an even more detrimental to the program.¬† As University Athletic Director, Pat Haden is responsible for managing all athletic programs and hiring those sufficient enough to run said programs.¬† Haden is 0 for 2 with the football program. ¬†He didn’t hire Lane Kiffin, but he did drag that along quite nicely. The white visor-wearing douche was a complete disgrace.¬† Coach O was the only savior that graced the football program’s presence finishing the regular season on a high note and he was an interim! Promptly after the season ended, Haden dismissed him in order to make room for Jose Cuervo.¬† Coach O was so distraught by Haden’s decision that he didn’t even stay to coach the team in the Las Vegas Bowl.

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Now this a fun trip down memory lane, remember when Haden and Sarkisian got in trouble? On September 8, 2014 he and USC football coach Steve Sarkisian were reprimanded by Pac-12 Conference commissioner Larry Scott for attempting “to influence the officiating, and ultimately the outcome of a contest” during the September 6 game with Stanford. Haden was fined $25,000.¬† Yea that was fun…..

Haden’s employee vetting almost reminds me of a certain under-qualified Vice Presidential candidate…….

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Pat Haden must be under some serious fire, putting him in the HOT seat.¬† I mean ridiculously HOT, the HOT that is only found in HELL, HOT.¬† The man has only been Athletic Director for roughly 5 years.¬† I understand that the deistic legacy of Pete Carroll still runs deep within the program and forever will be until the man gets a gold statue on campus, but that doesn’t mean we need to try and desperately hang on to every individual that had some sort of connection to the winning program.¬† I know it may be hard to digest, but USC needs to start fresh and try and establish a new order.

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I know it’s scary to go out and try something new guys, but in the long run you will be respected for it even if you falter for a short while.¬† But then again this is College Football we’re talking about, the one athletic program that is so highly coveted that some universities’ entire endowment is given just to the football program.¬† Clearly our priorities are in line.

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All we can do in the interim is hope that Sarkisian seeks out the proper rehabilitation treatment to help him alleviate his alcohol addiction.  AND for Haden to get a clue

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Sark After Dark

So Steve Sarkisian got a little crunk on the big Salute to Troy night for the USC Football Program. According to several sources, he was fumbling around, used foul language and insulted other programs, particularly Notre Dame, Oregon and UCLA (nice).¬† This became dreadfully apparent after he showcased his inner frat boy while screaming “Fight the Fuck On,” into the podium mic right in front of the baby boomer big time donors.¬† Once his three sheets to the wind state became brazenly evident, Pat Haden immediately escorted him off the stage and began scolding him behind closed doors.¬† Thanks Dad.

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The only real sources from that night is a 5 second video clip from some random, a few tweets here and there and straight word of mouth…like the good old days.

LA Times Sports columnist Bill Plaschke released a quite alarming video stressing the issue that USC really needs to be concerned about coach Steve Sarkisian’s behavior at the Salute to Troy event.

It’s almost as if he is rooting for some sort of immediate termination.¬† Sarkisian released a statement claiming that he mixed prescription medicine with alcohol, mind you that this alcohol was completely free all night and most likely the best money can buy.¬† Any intelligent individual would have to agree that his behavior was irresponsible, childish and wrong, especially because he is the head football coach, one of the highest positions of authority on campus, some may even argue even in the Pac-12 Conference.

Im-Cool-gifSo Plaschke’s reactionary video draws up some important points but I think his response was more so fueled by that “shocking” gossip chatter that many nowadays consider actual news. The guy is going through a messy divorce and decided to throw back a few free drinks.¬† Who wouldn’t do the same? The only difference is that this guy had to go up and make a speech in front of hundreds of people, the same people who have very deep pockets, pockets that would like to be lightened by generous donations and such.¬† Plaschke has every right to say what he thinks and feels, that’s why the LA times pays him.¬† However, this Plaschke response seems a bit exaggerated, placing emphasis on buzz worthy words like “problems,” “humiliation,” and of course, the cliche “this is your wake-up call.”¬† Did Sarkisian even need a wake-up call in the first place? ¬† How his players look at him is not the problem at all Plaschke, if anything his players are applauding this type of behavior because they can relate first-hand, “Hey, coach gettin’ turnt up!”

Turnt01Funny because a year ago, Plaschke was singing his praises…

Funny how things can change over the span of 1 year, 1 incident no less.

Sarkisian has a lot of responsibilities that he must be held to on and off the field.¬† This unfortunate event couldn’t have come at a worse time for USC.¬† This is the first year USC is off NCAA probation.¬† The Class of 2015 is the first full recruiting class USC has been able to put together for the first time in four years.¬† This is still USC’s year, their time to rise and shine despite Sarkisian’s antics.¬† Don’t ride off a team just because their coach got drunk.¬† I bet you anything Les Miles does this shit all the time.¬† Then again, that is the sacred SEC and this is the menial Pac-12, standards could be a bit skewed.

EDSBS-Les-Miles-ClapI don’t think a formal punishment is necessary.¬† I think the shame and embarrassment alone will suffice for now until the season even starts.¬† Sarkisian knows what he has to do this season to shut people up: WIN.

anigif_enhanced-buzz-4762-1388429483-17One thing is still certain though.  He is still better than Kiffin.

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USC gets the Finger..again

Another NCAA sanction, another sad sad day in Trojan land ūüė¶

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Seriously there should be a free happy hour at USC on campus somewhere every time the NCAA announces new sanctions to another University……to drown their sorrows in an endless amount of PBR. ¬†That would at least help……for an hour.

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Finally after lengthy two and a half-year investigation, the NCAA announced their sanctions on Miami University Athletics that is docking the Hurricanes Football program a total of 9 scholarships over the next three years.  The NCAA forgot to ban the team from playing in bowl games.  Mind you, this is the last year college football is going to see BCS Bowl Games (THANK GOD).  But seriously, what gives NCAA?

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Oh wait. ¬†Wouldn’t you know? ¬†The NCAA cited lack of “institutional control” of the Hurricanes decades of violations:

The University of Miami lacked institutional control when it did not monitor the activities of a major booster, the men’s basketball and football coaching staffs, student-athletes and prospects for a decade, according to findings by the Division I Committee on Infractions.

Approximately 30 student-athletes were involved with the booster. Several football coaches, three men’s basketball coaches and two athletics department staff members were also involved in the case. These staff members had a poor understanding of NCAA rules or felt comfortable breaking them. Furthermore, some of the coaches provided false information during the enforcement staff and university’s investigation.

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Interesting choice of phrases here: “lack of institutional control,” “decades of violations” and “30 Student-Athletes were involved.” ¬†It’s just baffling to hear these words come out of the NCAA fat cats’ mouths.

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I am almost certain I am not the only blog erupting with anger and frustration about these Miami sanctions.  How long are College Presidents, coaches and athletes going to listen to these NCAA ass clowns?

I know Pat Haden must be fuming with rage.  The man is literally doing all he can do to save the USC football program, the one football program who got the harshest sanctions since the SMU scandal. (Look below, you can just see the fires of Mordor in his eyes, patiently waiting to pounce and kill).

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SMU….funny I should mention them because the Miami scandal is quite similar. ¬†Many student athletes and staff were well aware of Texas oil tycoons handing out money and gifts to players, even including the nefarious “slush fund.” ¬†The “Slush Fund” was used for under the table payments to players starting in the 1970’s to 1986. ¬†So it makes sense why their penalty was so severe. ¬†Over a decade of violations, lack of institutional judgement and down right smug nature, SMU’s football program was, and possibly now, dunzo. ¬†Well dunzo for a while….they still have yet to fully recover.

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Now next up on the chopping block is USC. ¬†There was 1 player over the span of 2 years that received money and other gifts, while the NCAA cited lack of “institutional control.” ¬†Seeing how institutional control over many players vs. just 1, the punishment would less severe of course. ¬†How can you expect a University to keep multiple players in check? ¬†The NCAA did the right thing, a University should at least have control over 1 player versus many. Puke in my mouth……

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Oh the absurdity is just running rampant up in Indianapolis, IN.  Absurdity or Idiocy.  Take your pick.

I just don’t know if I can take another released sanction from the NCAA. ¬†I don’t know if they can even take it themselves. ¬†Every sanction that is released is just a laugher. ¬†Do they seriously feel that they have any credibility and integrity left? ¬†I have Mad Magazines that hold more integrity than the NCAA.

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As College Sports fans, we can only hope that nobody (and I mean NOBODY), no players, no coaches, no administrations, no mascots, no Universities, no NOTHING commit another violation in the near future.  Come on NCAA, is it too much to ask to bring back some honesty and principle back into College Football?   Lee Corso is just killing us over here.

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Dawn of a new era?

A new day, a new game, a new coach, a new life.

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Interim Head Coach Ed Orgeron of USC debuted his awesome possum leadership skills last week during the Trojan’s 38-31 win against the Arizona Wildcats. ¬†Even USC Athletic Director, Pat Haden, was impressed with the atmosphere in the Trojan’s locker room before the Arizona game: “I’ve never seen anything like it. ¬†It was unbelievable.”

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After the victory over Arizona, Haden said “Coach O was awesome” and cited the energy and joy of the players. ¬†Rather than quietly contemplating the start of the game, music filled the locker room.

“I don’t know what the music was,” Haden said. “It’s not on my iPod¬†‚ÄĒ it was weird music, but they loved it.” ¬†Nice. ¬†Too bad Kiffin’s favorite music is Taylor Swift.

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I think we can all agree that the Trojans might have found their future and Lane Kiffin is really really depressed about it. ¬†You could see how depressed he is if you watched him last Saturday at the College Gameday broadcast at Washington University, where Chris Fowler interviewed the poor bastard, asking him about his recent flame out with USC. ¬†With chants of “You Got Fired” resounding behind him, Kiffin insisted that he still loves coaching and described the experience of watching USC defeat Arizona¬†as “like watching someone else raise your kids.” ¬†Yea, kids who don’t love you. ¬†How does that feel Kiffy?

Before concluding his interview with Fowler, Kiffin signaled to athletic directors around the country that he was ready to try again, referencing his “next job” and “young age.”

Puke in my mouth Kiffin. ¬†You probably won’t get hired somewhere until the off-season. Calm down. ¬†With keeping young age in mind, can you answer me this: What have you accomplished? ¬†What positive effect have you had on the world? ¬†Every job you had as a head coach, you were fired or immediately left in shambles, leaving only a Sewage System in your name. Enough about Kiffin, he is dunzo and we shouldn’t waste anymore of our valuable time on the useless douche of a coach.

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Whether Orgeron will remain the head coach remains to be seen.  Despite the win, there was still some gaping problems no one can ignore like a depleting defense that gives up in the second half and an offense still trying to find its footing with a newcomer quarterback.  However, it was still pretty freaking sweet seeing them win, and having fun while doing it.

1381471895000-USP-NCAA-Football-Arizona-at-Southern-California-003Orgeron is bringing the fire and passion back to the game, something Kiffin was sorely lacking.  Even though it seems like the most important thing right now is to win, I think the hope that Orgeron represents is far more important, especially to the players.  The players are the ones who need that hope to drive them to go to practice at 6am, the drive to play for a coach they actually want to play for, the drive they need to WIN.

1528486_sp_usc_utah_state033_LSSo here is to the new coach, here is to a new team, here is to a new era in Trojan Land.  An era without Kiffin.  Can I get an AMEN up in this biatch?!

Thank you.

I call Shenanigans

The NCAA really just needs to die a quick and painful death.

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Honestly with the flip-flopping, improper treatment and down right shady behavior, the NCAA has solidified itself as THE most counterproductive, incompetent, STUPID athletic association of all time.

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Ever since this Johnny Manziel fiasco, bestowing a 30 minute time out as sufficient punishment for the Heisman Trophy Winner, the multi-billion dollar lawsuit brought on by past/present college athletes suing the NCAA for unfair treatment of student-athletes (or is it athlete-students…?), cutting ties with EA Games as well as the persistent douchebaggary of the Association, no one can take the NCAA seriously anymore.

You would think after all this controversy that the NCAA would get their shit together and start acting like a real collegiate authority, but no, their authority is as trustworthy as an alcohol free punch bowl at a frat party.  A JOKE.

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Just like their revisionist history penalty, the NCAA is backtracking. ¬†The NCAA announced Tuesday¬†that it would begin to restore some of the scholarships it took from Penn State in the aftermath of the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal. ¬†¬†Penn State, under Coach¬†Bill O’Brien, will be allowed to increase its scholarship number to 75 in 2014-15, 80 in 2015-16 and begin competing with the maximum 85 in the 2016-17 academic year.

Puke in my mouth, wtf NCAA. ¬†Answer me this, what does revisionist history solve?? ¬†Better yet, let’s ask Doc Brown, he will know what to do.

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As a college football fan, forgive me for calling: Shenanigans!!

I am calling Shenanigans on the NCAA for their fickle executive decisions.  Did I say decisions?  I meant temporary punishments?  Did I say punishments?  I meant a croc of shit.

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Why have we let these ass clowns decide what is ok and what isn’t ok in college sports when they don’t even know what to do themselves? ¬†Why have our leaders backtrack on decisions they have already made? ¬†Doesn’t that merely reflect poor judgement and weak character from our supposed confident leaders? ¬†Seriously, what gives George Bush?

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Their decision to reduce the penalties by giving back the scholarships they initially took away from Penn State University is ridiculous. ¬†Why…WHY!?! ¬†Can we at least be given an explanation as to why these penalties are forgiven and other can not be, like USC.

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USC thought, why not? If Penn State can get away with years child sexual abuse then maybe we can get away with one player’s greed, a greed that lives in every warm-blooded collegiate athlete (cough:: Johnny Football:::). ¬†Hey, can’t blame USC for trying.

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The NCAA required less than a day to rule on USC’s latest appeal to modify the sanctions handed down in the case.

A day after USC Athletic Director Pat Haden met with NCAA officials in Indianapolis to request an easing of scholarship reductions, the NCAA said Friday that there would be no appeal.

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It’s honestly this inconsistency in the NCAA that is beyond frustrating. ¬†Ever since USC was given the harshest punishments ever handed down by the NCAA back in June 2010, there has yet to be an equal punishment. ¬†Penn State came close but DUDE, are we seriously having this argument? Child rape vs. money….. clearly 1 individual’s greedy behavior yet realistic career aspirations is much worse than child sex abuse. ¬†Yes, of course.

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I don’t want to get into the East Coast vs West Coast battle, but clearly this East Coast bias has yet to, perhaps ever, subside in college sports. ¬†Let us save that for another time. ¬†All I ask is for the NCAA to be stern, to be honest and is to too much to ask to be FAIR?!

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With little shiesty actions like these, the NCAA is becoming more and more obsolete and down right idiotic.  My call of Shenanigans is also a call for a Disbandment: disbandment of all the current associates presently at the NCAA.   Because clearly nobody there can tell the difference between what is right and what is wrong.

Doesn’t the NCAA remind of you the big bad woman Principal in Roald Dahl’s Maltida, Mrs. Trunchbull. The relentless educator who just bullies everybody for no reason at all?

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Grabbing kids by the pigtails, throwing them over the fences, making fat kids eat cake and putting children into the chokey. ¬†That’s where USC will remain now and forever……the chokey.

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Realistically college sports needs a police system, needs some higher administration, needs ORDER, so the NCAA can’t just go away. ¬†I can only pray that this multi-billion dollar lawsuit bankrupts those bastards and takes everything from them, leaving them with the only option of closing their doors and allowing each conference to independently regulate themselves. ¬† Lord, don’t fail me now!

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Blame it on the ButtFace

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Ouch LA Times. ouch. ¬†Hope Lane Kiffin doesn’t read the paper because his approval rating has dropped lower than Taylor Swift’s panties. ¬†I mean this was a ridiculous long time coming, just take a look at THE worst season a college football team has EVER seen. ¬†If you think Manti Te’o’s dating skills are tragic, take a look at USC.

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2012 has been the worst year USC football has ever seen. ¬†Where to begin….? ¬†Well I think it all started in New York at Met Life Stadium. ¬†SC was expected to slaughter a not so great Syracuse football team at least by a couple of touchdowns. ¬†No, SC only won by 13…..in retrospect in should have been a lot more to a Big East Team whose previous season record was a measly 5-7. ¬†I wish this was the only and last ::Sigh:: this Trojan fan would have for a season that started off so promising, ranked #1 in the country.

football-money ¬† After opening last football season ranked #1, the Trojans sank to an unbelievably embarrassing 7-6 record under the not so great tutelage of Coach Lane Kiffin. ¬†Is he to blame? ¬†At this point int time…….yes….yes he can…..and should for many MANY reasons. ¬†Even USC Athletic Director Pat Haden knows that football program’s derailed state of affairs, especially when all the hatred and blame is being pointed directly at Kiffin’s visor wearing head. ¬†Asked to describe the state of USC athletics, Haden says, “The sky is not falling, in spite of what some people read and think and write.” ¬†I get it, there is more to collegiate sports than football, but may I ask…..which sport brings in the most revenue? ¬†Which sport brings in the most publicity? ¬†Which sport increases freshman enrollment? ¬†la-sp-pat-haden-usc-20130122-001

Luckily for our Trojan fan sake, Haden acknowledges receiving a steady stream of negative letters, emails and Twitter messages. He says his car was recently keyed off campus ‚ÄĒ “I don’t know if that is a result of this,” he says, laughing. ¬†Yes, laugh it up Haden. Luckily for you, USC is located in South Central, one of safest hoods in Los Angeles. ¬†Didn’t the University just instill a 9pm curfew? ¬†You crazy college kids you.

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Despite the influx of hate, Haden has continuously said he supports Kiffin 100% and has no reason why Kiffin shouldn’t be the football coach. ¬†UGH, do we have to do the math for you Haden?!

In September, an innocent reporter was banned from practice after he accurately reported that a player underwent surgery. GOOD GOD say it ain’t so!!¬†Kiffin also abruptly bolted from a post-practice news conference when asked about a player returning from injury. Beyond random. ¬†Why don’t you just make SC look like a bunch of ADHD Space Cadets who can’t handle the media. ¬†Sadly, this was only the beginning.

In October, a USC quarterback was instructed by coaches to wear another player’s jersey number on special teams in the first half against Colorado, and then played later in the game in his usual number. Brilliant strategy… thanks Napoleon! ¬†In November, the Pac-12¬†Conference fined USC $25,000 after it was discovered that a student manager intentionally deflated USC footballs before a game against Oregon. Now why would he do that? ¬†The season ended with the embarrassing Sun Bowl¬†loss to Georgia Tech, punctuated by news stories last week that portrayed a heated post game locker-room scene. ¬†I dunno if it was soo much heated towards each other or heated towards a certain khaki wearing individual who hides behind play cards.

 

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Yes, USC is still hurtin’ for certain from the harsh (harshest!) NCAA sanctions thanks to running back Reggie Bush. ¬†But come on, you can’t even compare this season to last season, 2011 where the Trojans went 10-2. ¬†Maybe the penalties are sinking in with loss of scholarships and recruits but DUDE, resulting in theses immature and stupid antics leaving the team so frustrated that they decide to West Side Story it out in the Locker Room? ¬†Unacceptable.

“We need to earn our fans’ respect back,” Haden says, “and the only way you can do that is win.” ¬†I sure hope so buddy. ¬†Is that all Kiffin needs to do to keep his job? ¬†“I’m not answering that question,” Haden says, adding, “Sometimes when you’re calling plays . . . you don’t sense maybe the whole team. So I think he has to really sense the whole team and feel and have the relationship with the whole team….” ¬†First of all, grammar! ¬†Second, isn’t that covered in Freshman course¬†PSY 101, building any sort of relationship requires a connection with trust and honesty? ¬†Kiffin is so distant from his team he can’t even call GOOD plays, are you kidding me? ¬†Didn’t you watch the Notre Game? ¬† Yes Lane, let’s run the ball on 3rd down because it worked out so well the other 432 times you did it! ¬† ” Secondly, ‘Don’t sweat the small stuff, Lane,’ Haden blabs on. ¬†“Don’t worry about injury reporting at practice and whatever other things we kind of trip ourselves up on ‚ÄĒ jersey numbers and things.” ¬†Hmmmmmm so what you mean is don’t learn from your mistakes? ¬†That’s great parenting right there. ¬†You Kiffin, do NOT get a time out even though you broke some rules….who cares right? ¬†If you are in calling the shots for LA’s most popular football team, the closest thing we have to the NFL, you can get away with anything. ¬†Everybody knows that. ¬†Haden you are starting to border line MORON.

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Lucky for us, somebody is optimistic about next year. ¬†“I’m a paid optimist,” he says, “and I think we’ve got a great opportunity to rebound and have a terrific season next year.” ¬†That’s right, your PAID. ¬†Shit, if I was paid to think like you I would. ¬†But lets put ourselves in Haden’s position. ¬†What if the Trojans DO in fact have a great season, receive a great recruiting class, compete for the Pac-12 Conference title game and have one of their players nominated for the Heisman. ¬†That all sounds fantastic but still will never change the fact that the 2012 season was one of the most depressing and darkest times that any college football program has ever seen. ¬†EVER. ¬†Kudos to Kiffin for making USC football season the laughing-stock of the entire NCAA. ¬†No other team in college football history has been ranked #1 in the preseason, had a Heisman frontrunner and fallen so low to depths of complete shit.

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Hey, I want to be a paid optimist.  Say Haden, where can I sign up?