Announcement: I’m going to start not only linking my college football articles to Crystal Ball Run, but only posting an excerpt here and sending you to Crystal Ball Run to read the rest of it, like Down Goes Brown does with Grantland. CBR actually pays me so they deserve the real article. But back to the story.
After an abysmally disappointing season in which USC started as the preseason No. 1 team and finished 7-6, USC head coach Lane Kiffin was believed to be under mountains of pressure to win this year. Kiffin is a great recruiter and used to be a decent play-caller, until the hype and ensuing collapse of 2012 ruined the momentum that the Trojans had after their 10-2 record in 2011. Pac-12 Media Days took place on Friday in Los Angeles and the person who most answered the most questions was Lane Kiffin. Kiffin, with wide receiver Marqise Lee and linebacker Hayes Pullard, faced questions for 23 minutes, more than any other school did during their allotted time at the media gathering.
Kiffin answered questions about everything from their preparation this season after the overhyped 2012 season, to who will start at quarterback this year. He also enlightened the media, and those of us not fortunate enough to be in attendance, that he will continue to call plays this year. I’m sure the fans of USC sighed when he announced this, and all those who play the USC Screen Pass Drinking Game did much rejoicing.
The one question that Kiffin was not asked, however, was whether he felt like his job was safe.