What looked like a sleepy week leading up to the Sun Bowl instantly morphed into a fiery atmosphere in El Paso on Wednesday night after USC showed up more than 90 minutes late to a dinner featuring both teams.
El Paso residents are already edgy because USC players slammed their city. Then the Trojans, delayed from practice and a possible injury, came so late that Georgia Tech stormed out of the dinner.
The event is actually anticipated locally because the teams perform comedy skits. The highlight in 1998 was Carson Palmer’s impression of Paul Hackett.
So while I’m sure Lane Kiffin will say the right things today, he also needs to remember that merely wearing a sombrero is not enough to earn the respect of your host this week.