Interesting comment by Lane Kiffin today about USC “not nailing” recruiting the past five years. Kiffin also credited the Pac-12 coaches for the fact six teams are in the top 25 but made it clear he thought USC let too many players get away.
He even cited an unnamed player doing well Saturday for another Pac-12 school.
But he neglected to mention he saved three scholarships last season so if he really liked someone there was no problem signing them last February.
And if USC did not “nail” recruiting the past five years with top 5 classes, let’s say once again that the Kiffin regime barely spoke to Marqise Lee when he was at Serra for most of his junior year and then lucked out once they finally made a decision to take him because Lee simply wanted to go to USC.
USC coach Lane Kiffin said scholarship reductions cost USC a playmaker this season.
“There was a guy Saturday making plays and we had him here in our camp but we didn’t have room for him,” Kiffin said.
Was it Washington State wide receiver Gabe Marx? Feel free to offer your own guesses.
Another topic day was the offensive struggles. Assistant coach Tee Martin said USC could not anticipate some of the defenses seen this season.
“We’re not in their meetings,” Martin said. “You don’t know exactly how they will do it (until the game).”
One topic after today’s practice was the quiet start to the season for wide receiver Robert Woods.
“The team has a great mindset,” Woods said. “Every week is different. I’m just trying to still get open.”
Woods said, “I feel like our offense can play a lot better than it has been playing.”
Assistant coach Tee Martin said Woods is not playing below par. The wide receiver usually takes a day off each week to keep his legs fresh.
“He’s actually playing great, honestly, on film,” Martin said.
USC always seems to have one of the nation’s top recruiiting classes but today Lane Kiffin said six Pac-12 teams are ranked in the top 25 because of USC “not nailing recruiting the last five years.”
Kiffin also lamented watching a player Saturday that attended USC’s camp but was not offered a scholarship because of NCAA limitations.
I do not get the league’s network so I cannot watch Oregon State-Arizona. But the Beavers are up 17-7 and if they win Beavers coach Mike Riley could be poised for an impressive season because he will start off 2-0 in conference road games.
Memo to Larry Scott: How about a rule that tells Oregon not to wear grey pants when Washington State wears grey pants?