Lane Kiffin remains the hot topic among reader questions.
Q: dtksr1 @dslextreme.com
You & I have seen countless times of how a defensive line of big, powerful & aggressive linemen can control a game. This is the SECs advantage and it looks like Notre Dame is finding this out also. So why is Ed Orgeron spending his time in the Inland Empire, when he can hop on a plane on a regular basis and seek hybrids where they grow up, the south, where he is known & used to coach. Kiffin sure as hell knows about SEC-type linemen and it doesn’t take a dummy to realize California linemen might compare well on the offensive side, but not on the defensive. In your opinion, why is this being ignored?
A: Orgeron’s recruited nationally with Leonard Williams plus current commits Kenny Bigelow and Jason Hatcher. I think USC will add at least one other out-of-state defensive lineman by signing day. I’d like to see more cornerbacks from the South personally.
Q: Ben Doverz
Does Pat Haden know who Chris Petersen is? I say this as wouldn’t it be better to end the Kiffin era after this recruiting class comes in and not next year when there will be rampant speculation as to whether Kiffin will or will not be let go and that recruiting class would suffer due to such speculation? I also hear that Norv Turner is a name being bandied about as a possible replacement for Kiffin, Norv Turner ?
A: Pat Haden does know who Chris Petersen is. The problem with Petersen is he has shown little interest in moving to a city like Los Angeles. Maybe that changes if USC opens up again. The names you hear now are Mike Riley and Jon Gruden.
Q: L’Angelo Misterioso • 2 days ago
With USC football teetering on the brink of disaster and the future looking dim with Kiffin running the show, shouldn’t this prod Haden or Nikias into doing something about it, like trying to find a head coach who has actually accomplished something on his merits instead of who his daddy is ? Another year of Kiffin will only hamper ticket sales, but it will increase liquor sales as you can’t watch this mess without being hammered.
A: I believe the last four games will determine what happens. If USC loses a couple more games, I think there might be staff changes or additions (like hiring an offensive coordinator). If it goes 1-3, maybe a change gets made but I doubt Haden relishes the idea of a coaching search and firing a coach.