Is USC’s defense or Lane Kiffin’s playcalling the key to 2013? I address that in this segment.
Q: Is there any real pressure from the USC administration on Pat Haden to demand the release of the NCAA emails? I’m sick and tired of his inaction and feel his job should be in jeopardy.
A: I think USC is going to wait and see what happens during the legal process and then decide how it will act. Above all, USC does not want to confront or conflict with the NCAA, which I believe is the source of your frustration.
The past three years it was obvious USC just wanted to serve its sanctions and then move forward.
Q: 2nd year in a row Scott, top linemen have turned their backs on Kiffin, even with Orgeron’s once golden reputation. We were told this wouldn’t happen again after last year’s recruiting letdown. I think the main issue though, Kiffin doesn’t put a strong enough emphasis on defense. Teams with strong front lines seem to better control the game, even spread offenses with running QBs have trouble with a big-physical lines. Yet, with Kiffin’s weak game-management included, it just magnifies the Trojans inability to get any control of a game to put it away. I think this is very obvious.
A: One could say the hiring of Clancy Pendergast answers your concerns. I wonder if it will be enough, though. There is good personnel but I think you have a point when it comes to Lane Kiffin’s love of offense, with him being the offensive coordinator. Or at least the playcaller.
That probably hurt the defense a bit the past few seasons in recruiting. And now you can see that transfers like Delvon Simmons are coming in because the defensive line needs help and lost out on some top recruits.
The most important factor right now is that guys like Simmons won’t play for Kiffin if he doesn’t win this year, so Pendergast might be the real key to the season, otherwise Kiffin’s playcalling will be a key and how many fans want that to happen?