Kiffin Press Conference

Here’s a transcript from Lane Kiffin’s Sun Bowl Press Conference.

Opening statement

“Obviously very disappointing day, coming down to turning the ball over and third-down efficiency really nullifying anything on offense.  I thought our defense did a good job today.  I thought they played very hard, obviously wore down a bit there late, but that’s to be expected when we turn the ball over that many times.  One touchdown is basically on a punt return.  Both teams were in the red zone three times, they score 21 points, we score seven.  Very surprising game, I thought we would play much better on offense today.  I thought we did two good weeks of practice, I thought guys were really into it, I thought our defense, for a cold windy day like that, really came out and played very physical on turf and the story line really came down to our inefficiency on offense and obviously that starts with the head coach.”

 

(On how much responsibility for season falls on his shoulders)

“All of it, we can’t be 7-6, not at SC and that’s not our expectations and not why we came here and obviously we have some work to do to get that fixed.  We are a young team, we started one senior on offense today, so we got to continue to recruit, continue to get better and obviously coach better.  We just got to spend some time here and evaluate what we’re doing.  Obviously we have a big high on our defense coming up here, but it’s your job as coach to look at every aspect of the program and make sure there isn’t something we could be doing better.”

 

(On disconnect between two good weeks of practice and poor game)

“I have no idea (about disconnect), even the walkthrough yesterday had great energy.  It was windy and cold out here yesterday in the stadium.  Before the game they had great energy, I was really surprised because obviously that was the big fear, after the season that we had and the way the wind was going to be today and the temperature, that we would come out flat.  And I don’t think we really did we just didn’t play well on one aspect of the game, and that was on the offensive side of the ball.  You turn the ball over three times and are 3-of-15 on third downs it’s going to be tough and we put Max (starting qb) in a very tough position today by not being really efficient running the ball, number one, and then putting him in a lot of third-and-longs.”

 

(On lack of energy late in the game)

“I thought our defense still hung in there for the most part.  You start getting down when you see you have to go back out there on defense and our offense is doing nothing.  Every time you fight there is a little bit of energy surge but we don’t capitalize on offense.  Especially in those temperatures and conditions it’s hard to get that energy going when you keep putting the defense back out there.”

 

(On deciding whether to put backup QB Cody Kessler in late in the game)

“I just didn’t think that, the way the temperature was and the way the wind was going, the way we were running the ball, I don’t think that was really the right move at the time.”

 

(On how Georgia Tech took his big-play wide receivers out of the game)

“They played a lot of three-roll to Marqise and a lot of cover-two otherwise and they didn’t blitz a lot.  At the end of the day we weren’t very efficient and didn’t cause them many issues, but at the end of day they didn’t miss many tackles, I thought they tackled really well.  They played with a lot of two-high safeties and were winning the matchups up front.  They usually have boxes that you can run into, but I thought their defensive lineman played well and their linebackers came off some blocks on our fullbacks really well.”

 

(On whether WR Marquise Lee’s leg injury have any bearing on gameplan)

“I don’t think so, I think we went about it the way as if he would be there just calling the plays and obviously we weren’t very efficient.”

 

(On effect of punt return in game)

“It hurt, we were going with the wind that way, and just like they did you have to drive the ball low or its going to go nowhere.  That wind down there was pretty vicious and unfortunately they caught the punt on the run and hit it.”

 

(On possible changes during spring)

“Whether we win or lose this game we’re going to evaluate everything and even if had won this game we would still be very disappointed in our season, it’s well below our standards and we’ll evaluate everything and this game won’t mean more or less than that.”

 

(On why last two seasons were so different)

“That’s always a hard question.  You have to look at yourself first and even though you feel like you were doing the same things you were doing the year before, you have to evaluate everything that you’re doing and on the same level you can’t overreact either because you are basically doing the same stuff, unfortunately the record wasn’t the same that it was last year but we’ll sit down and evaluate everything that we’re doing and get back to work.”

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  • BruinLoes

    Kiffin and band wagons SUCk

    • TrojanFan

      You better let go, your knees are getting all torn up….just take a look at bucket’s knees

  • TrojanFan

    I think that’s a very fair assessment of how things went and what to expect going forward

    I’m sure all the “glass is half empty” guys will disagree

    • betomas

      I actually agree with your sorry ass on this one, even if you can’t admit I’m right in my prediction, like a real man.
      Kiffin is not going anywhere, so he needs to put the Denny’s menu down for sure now and change things up Big Time after this “fall flat on its face” performance.

  • BruinLoes

    It is with great hope that SUC maintains Kiffin as offensive coordinator, that the arrogance of SUC fans continues and see them get punched in the mouth time and time again. Fight on? Fight where, there is no more fight left in their arrogance. Fight for mediocrity; all that there is left. Offense sucked, defense sucked, special teams sucked, Souther Cal SUCks!

    • TrojanFan

      ….and nothing sucks about ruin football?….troll on!

    • J-Hawlla

      Win a BCS game and then you can talk!

      • TrojanFan

        With one year of the BCS era left. I don’t think that is going to happen

  • RallyMonkeyUSA

    Get rid of him. His off field shenanigans should be enoug to warrant dismissal. The offense is his fault. This guy is a 37 year old baby trying to coach talented players. He shows no emotion. He just flat out stinks. I hope all of our boosters speak with their pay checks. Forget all u ppl saying that’s the wrong thing to do. Getting rid of Kiffin Id the right thing to do. He is embarrassing our school. Look at everything he’s gotten us into this year. Not to mention the drama at the bowl game. U thik nick Saban would allow his players to tweet terrible insults to the locals. U think les miles would tell a student manager to deflate footballs. Hell no they wouldn’t. USC deserves better. We deserve better. If pat can’t understand that then he should go too

  • RallyMonkeyUSA

    What is he talking about when he says the high on defensive coming up. Clancy? That is what we have to look forward too?

  • socal2582

    Well today’s marks the day USC fell off the trojan cliff and our fearless leader lead them to fall without with out a parachute..someone’s seat just got a little hotter and the moral and attitude of the team is as cold as the north pole lane better get the control of that locker room and get the kids sold or we will be even lower than we were this season.. maybe Haden will realize we do need an o coordinator after watching the film today if he doesn’t fall asleep with the atrocious play calling and performance that was displayed today in the 30 years I’ve been following USC football I’ve never been so embarrassed as a fan

  • http://www.facebook.com/john.bowles.581 John Bowles

    wish I had been a flyon the wall at dinner w/ Haden & McKay tonight(that is not a swipe at you El Paso– Chris Peterson is the answerUCLA tempted him ayear ago- SC has the resources for him to bring his staffw/him something UCLA couldn’t afford to do. SC has those resources.

  • steveg

    My thinking is now that for Kiffin to start doing just the opposite of what he thinks is the right thing to do, if he thinks its just not the right time to put in Kessler, put him in right then.

  • dtksr1 @dslextreme.com

    Al Davis said it, and people were puzzled. But now it comes to pass Al knew what he was talking about. Kiffin lays down excuses… but they are more like lies. Why? He stands there defiant in praising his father’s defense, when a team with a losing record scores 21 points and wins the game? Saying his team was energized during practices on up to the day before, when we knew better (the team didn’t want to be there). Wittek kept over-throwing the receivers the entire game, Kiffin kept calling pass plays as if that was the only way the team could move the ball and he didn’t consider replacing the QB? Max Nikias has a growing headache now that won’t go away during the off-season, especially if what is appearing now (recruits are de-committing) continues. We need a new headcoach and if the AD is going to stand there with a straight face and say I support this coach 150%, then he needs to be replaced too!