Lane Kiffin and Matt Barkley said USC’s problem last season was practices were not physical enough. Now there are 22 players out with injuries because practices supposedly are so physical. Kiffin said he will need to taper off at the end of training camp and during next season.
`I don’t think there’s any way we could play a game if we did this,” Kiffin said. “We would not be able to keep up this pace during the season.
So that means the plan to be more physical than last season is already being abandoned? And why does everything seem knee-jerk? If you go by the quotes, USC was not physical in 2009, physical in 2010, not physical in 2011.
Pete Carroll followed the same plan every year. I’m guessing Nick Saban does too. This is where the apologists will make excuses with scholarship limitations. But USC had 85 scholarships in Kiffin’s first two years. And Carroll had less than 80 players on scholarship some years.
At the end of the day, it just seems like the philosophy changes a bit too much.