Utah Coach Kyle Whittingham Says Something That Lane Kiffin Will Not Like

Here’s what Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said during today’s Pac-12 media teleconference: “From a talent standpoint, USC is still the benchmark. I don’t think there’s any question. They’ve had the most talent in the league for a lot of years.”

Why won’t Lane Kiffin like it? Because he does not want to reinforce the idea that USC has  the most talent, which increases expectations.

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  • marvgoux1

    How do you lose 6 games with the most talent?

    • Your head coach is Lane Kiffin

    • NoMercy

      Injuries And Depth Problems. Simple Really.

      • rssjl125

        That can’t be because “your 75 are better than our 85” or are they!?!?!?

        “It’s outine for me” – Coach Mora

      • gotroy22

        Baloney. The team returned 19 starters and the favorite to win the Heisman but underachieved from the get go and then quit on Kiffin.

        • NoMercy

          Depth Problems Prevented Tackling In practice. Take Your Baloney AndMake A Sandwich.

    • dtksr1 @dslextreme.com

      Absolutely man… it is one thing to have the most talent and another thing when you don’t use it. If Kiffin was guilty of anything last season, it was misusing the talent he had at his disposal!

  • RememberTheFreedomBowl

    The Truth Often Hurts

    • Ben Factor

      Yes, and pain is generally the necessary starting point for constructive change. I sort of expect that to happen to USC’s “favorite son,” Matt Barkley. I hope so.

  • TrojanFan

    What a lame a$$ assumption

    The wolfman will never quit grinding the ax

    • Ted

      So you still support Kiffin?

  • betomas

    The rah, rah, rahs still LOVE Kiffin.

    • SonOfWestwood

      This simply can’t be true. I find it hard to believe that there are still fans out there who like Kiffykins.

      • LOL, you have got to be kidding ? There were guys defending Hackett until he got canned.

        • Cheap seats

          Heck, there are even guys defending D’Antoni. Go figure.

  • Ben Factor

    I did a very rough count. USC appears to have 13 5 stars and 53 players who are either 4 or 5 stars. Next is UCLA with 40, followed by Oregon with 39, then Cal with 29, then Stanford with 25.

    So, Whittingham is correct.

    But Stanford may be the best team in 2013.

    Say what you will, but USC certainly didn’t overachieve in 2012.

    Criticize what you will, but injuries and depth issues were legitimate factors, as was coaching.

    It’s a new year, with a lot of new coaches on Kiffin’s staff. Kiffin knows what’s at stake. I wouldn’t rule out a good season. Depth will be even thinner, so injuries may well determine the outcome.

    • ThaiMex

      Stanford may be the best in 2013….Isn’t that amazing…and they do it with out all those “SPECIAL ADMITS”. You know what I’m talking about,…all those knuckleheads that ended up at Ariz. St. or SUCks.
      Fit on LIMBO U!

      • You mean guys like you? Dumb?

      • TrojanFan

        You mean guys that crash their scooters in school parking lots

      • TrojanFamily

        Seems like the height of irony that someone complaining about knuckleheads and special admits cannot spell the word fight.

        If only you were an athlete you could avebeen admitted to USC…..

        Jealousy, thy name is ThaiMex

  • Ben Factor

    Amusing Note:

    Utah as 12 total 4-star and 5-stars.

    USC has 13 5-stars.

    So if USC had zero 4-stars, USC would still “out-talent” Utah.

    Except that USC has an additional 40 4-stars I repeat, an additional 40 4-stars. THAT’S A LOT MORE!

    Realistically, what are Utah’s chances of beating USC?

    Then again, Arizona has 9 total 4- and 5-star players.

    On the surface, I think Kiffin should favor “match-up” football over scheme football. Simplify things. Use a lot of no-huddle, so defenses can’t scheme too much against USC’s superior athletes.

    Am I wrong?

    • TrojanFan

      A up-tempo no huddle offense would be interesting

      • Ben Factor

        Personally, I don’t mean all the time, but a material amount of the time. Enough to create some chaos.

    • Cheap seats

      I always wondered if the “star” system was overrated. If you look at Oregon, they constantly pick up 3 and 4 star guys that are able to just plug in to the system and the team doesn’t miss a beat.

      I agree that we really should be more matchup-based. I think we’ll see lots of that on defense this year, but we might be OVERMATCHED in the secondary. On the offensive side, we should be doing more downhill running and less of the bubble screen crap.

      • Ben Factor

        I recall reading a statistical analysis that establishes some forecasting value in the h.s. scouting service ratings. Sorry I don’t have a citation for you, but I don’t think I’m remembering incorrectly.

        As to Oregon, from 2010-2013, Oregon signed 39 total 4-star and 5-star players, compared to USC’s 53. So I think that the image of the overachieving Ducks is a myth.

        In the Pac-12, only UCLA signed more, with 40. From that POV, it’s not surprising how quickly Mora could turn that team around.

        The surprise is how well Stanford has matched up with USC, and how poorly Cal has matched up, despite having signed 29 4-stars and 5-stars.

        I’m glad you agree on using more of a match-up strategy. Controlling time of possession USUALLY works best in CFB, so I agree about elevating the run game. I would like to see USC use a simpler offense, designed around fewer plays, and series of plays (that start out the same, but unfold differently, to keep the defense off-balance). With a simpler offense, more young players could, in theory, contribute right away.

        Then, I would like to USC to counter that simplicity with more no-huddle. Not ALL no-huddle, but use of it a material percentage of the time. I have read comments from NFL defensive players about how little they like New England’s no huddle, or when Peyton Manning switches to it at strategic times. It prevents desired defensive substitutions, and doesn’t give defensive personnel as much time think through their assignments.

        What does it mean to be pro-style offense? One thing it means now is more no-huddle. Maybe I just don’t understand a significant downside to it, but what is that downside?

  • WEB_Dupree

    Hopefully, sooner rather than later, Pat Haden will say something that Lane Kiffin will not like.

  • Ted

    Southern Cal recruits itself. Kiffin is a good for nothing coach that had the job fall into his lap. southern cal, if successful next year would be not because of Kiffin but in spite of Kiffin.

  • Yes, yes, yes, we all know USC is the benchmark of the Pac 12, and we all know they attract the best talent.. Doesn’t mean they attract the best coaching.
    Kiffin had one bad year!
    We know.