I used to joke when Paul Hackett coached USC that the Trojans would be better off with a mannequin on the sideline because at least the mannequin would not hurt the team.
The past two weeks are a good example of why the mannequin theory holds up for Lane Kiffin. USC ran a neutral game plan with great success against Boston College. Nothing daring or revolutionary. Just passing to different receivers and mixing in some deep passes and no bubble screens.
But against Washington State, Kiffin tried to impose his will on the game and manipulate the outcome by running out the clock and throwing behind the line of scrimmage. If a mannequin coached USC in that game, the Trojans would have won.