Radio host Petros Papadakis vented on Pat Haden’s show of support for Lane Kiffin and Kiffin’s contract during his radio show today.
“The one way USC could fully support Lane Kiffin? Give him a contract extension,” Papadakis said. “How can the A.D. sit there and say I’m 100 percent behind this guy when he has two years left on his deal? It doesn’t make sense when you are 100 percent behind a guy that you don’t extend him.”
Papadakis also played an interview from Friday where Kiffin said, “I do think it had an impact on our recruiting.”
The full commentary is here and starts around the 20-minute mark.
Former USC swimmer Katinka Hosszu won the 200 IM at the World Swimming Championships in Barcelona today. She is the third Trojan to win gold at the world championships, joining Ous Mellouli and Haley Anderson, who each won the 5K Open Water titles.
So much for the Isaac Hamilton Bowl, which was a possible USC v. UTEP matchup in the Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament in the Bahamas. But the tournament placed the teams in different brackets, which is the easy way out. Now they only meet if both teams reach the finals. The Trojans play Villanova in their first game.
The public might be allowed to attend a few training camp practices but Lane Kiffin said today practices would be closed to the media and public in the regular season. USC officials were unsure if the public might get a couple viewing days during the season but it did not sound like Kiffin wants too many people at practices.
The decision to ban the media only affects those who agreed to attend and not report about injuries last season. They will no longer be allowed under any circumstances. Kiffin’s wanted to close practices since 2010 and it seems the pressure surrounding the program allowed him to finally get his wish.
During Pat Haden’s support video last week, he said of Lane Kiffin: “He’s a dynamic playcaller in my estimation.”
But during the same video, Haden said USC must “convert more on third downs” this season. The Trojans ranked ninth in the Pac-12 last season on third-down conversions (34.2 percent).
So who’s fault was that? Matt Barkley? Marqise Lee? Robert Woods? Silas Redd? No, the scapegoat is the offensive line, of course. But isn’t that the type of situation that precisely calls for a dynamic play?
USC coach Andy Enfield’s landed some transfers but not verbal commitments. Until tonight. Malik Price-Martin, a 6-8 forward from Oakland Park, Fla., committed to the Trojans according to multiple reports, the first recruit from the Class of 2014.
Price-Martin is ranked No. 87 in the nation by Rivals.com and No. 70 by 247Sports.com.
A surprising choice for USC’s countdown to kickoff 32 days before the season starts. USC sent out a picture of O.J. Simpson today. Wonder if corporate sponsor Audi was consulted on this choice? Perhaps a wiser choice was Jim Sears, who was seventh in the Heisman Trophy voting in his senior year in 1952.