After 18 games at USC, Lane Kiffin was 12-6. After 18 games, Steve Sarkisian is 12-6. This seems to undermine any thought Pat Haden’s hire has the program in better condition today than it was four years ago . . . while on probation.
Yes, there are the top-ranked recruiting classes. Kiffin had them too. And I’m getting tired of this talking point. How great were Washington’s classes under Chris Petersen? No. 36 in 2014 and No. 30 in 2015. But he had the Huskies ready to play Thursday night.
USC gets to the 3-yard line in the first quarter and then inexplicably gets an illegal substitution penalty. That puts the ball at the 8-yard line. Cody Kessler gets a sack and the Trojans settled for a field goal. Those are the type of plays that change games.
For the first time ever, I actually listened to Colin Cowherd this morning. He actually started off defending Steve Sarkisian: “Steve Sarkisian isn’t an A and he’s not a D. He’s not dumb today nor is he terrible.”
Cowherd then said USC lacks an identity: “Sark’s problem isn’t the loss. They don’t have an identity What are they? It’s not just about the wins. Their identity is you never what the hell you’re getting.”
Conveniently, Cowherd never brought up coaching decisions like going for a field goal or passing the ball three straight times while the running game worked, etc. And he never said he was wrong yesterday when he said USC was rolling.
Here is my analysis of last night’s stunning loss at the Coliseum.
Excerpt: “In USC athletic director Pat Haden’s “State of Troy” interview this week, he said, “We also found out that Stanford is a pretty good football team.” Is Washington also a “pretty good football team?”
And don’t forget to see if Colin Cowherd eats crow on his show this morning. He previously embarrassed himself with his blind support for Lane Kiffin and went on that strange rant yesterday defending Steve Sarkisian.