Steve Sarkisian Is Not Lane Kiffin

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I already mentioned how Steve Sarkisian is not wearing white shirts or a visor during spring practices, which is a good way to not look like Lane Kiffin. So I asked Sarkisian on Saturday why he hasn’t worn his trademark visor yet? “They don’t have any black ones,” he said.

And why wouldn’t he wear a white one? Perhaps because it is so identifiable with Kiffin.

USC Quarterback Rankings

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Here’s the Week 2 quarterback rankings, using the Euro rankings system of 1-4, with 4 being best:

Cody Kessler €€.5

Will start at QB next season. So how many games does USC win with him?

Max Browne €.5

Simply not enough time in spring to seriously compete to win job.

Jalen Greene €

The scout team beckons in the fall.

USC Report Encore

In case you missed it, here’s an encore performance of USC Report, where co-host Reid Silverman and I discuss the burning issues of Spring Practice, including the quarterback competition and the Coliseum personal-seat licenses.

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What USC QB Controversy, Cont.

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Here’s my story on Saturday’s Coliseum “scrimmage,” where he even Steve Sarkisian acknowledged Cody Kessler’s lead at the quarterback spot. Link here

Even the normally cautious Kessler seems past the idea of a quarterback competition.

“I’m just going in confident,” Kessler said. “Last year I’d get down on myself. I’d say I wasn’t thinking about (the starting job), but I was. I’m still going to compete, but the main thing I’m trying to do is make the team better, not help my own stock.”