Blame Scholarship Reductions

Lane Kiffin said USC suited up 55 scholarship players for the game last night. Get used to hearing this type of talk. Scholarship reductions will always be mentioned whenever USC plays poorly this season.

They don’t cause a wide receiver to drop a pass, a left tackle to miss a block, a right tackle to get beat for a safety or a poor play call. USC has about 70 players on scholarship. And LSU played last season with roughly the same amount. Just one game into the season, against Hawaii no less, and we already are hearing about it.

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A Rough Start For Offensive Line

USC.HAWAIISo what was the deal with the offensive line last night? Lane Kiffin said the left side struggled, which meant Max Tuerk and Chad Wheeler.

“We had a bunch of new guys at different positions,” offensive line coach Mike Summers said. “It was a learning experience. They threw the kitchen sink at them. (Marcus Martin) did some amazing things for a first-time starter.”

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