The Trojans dropped a spot in this week’ poll, behind BYU and ahead of Duke. Full poll here
Here is my ballot for this week’s Associated Press top 25 poll:
What we learned today. Bama def is REALLY good-Sims can play-& all you CFB fans who hate Lane Kiffin-need to wake up & realize he can coach. — Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) September 20, 2014
If there is a coaching award called Lane Kiffin’s Redemption, Lane Kiffin is winning it. Asst coach of the year to this point (?). — Dennis Dodd (@dennisdoddcbs) September 20, 2014 The revisionist view is already taking place thanks to being at Alabama. At this rate Kiffin will be fielding head-coaching offers in December.
The revisionist theory is already taking hold. Alabama’s offense is performing well! That never happens. At this rate, Kiffin should be fielding head-coaching offers by December.
“I’ve always been a big Lane Kiffin fan. I thought he was a brilliant playcaller. I really did. I thought he was really undermanned at USC and he tried to protect his team by calling plays.
“He’s got a bit of a personality. So does Nick Saban.”
That was CBS analyst Gary Danielson during the Alabama-Florida game today.
Expanding on a post earlier this week, here’s today’s story on how the defensive front 7 played below expectations.
“Another possible problem, according to (Justin) Wilcox, was the defensive game being too complicated.
“Whether we have too much is a possibility,” he said.”
Steve Sarkisian and Justin Wilcox were at the Long Beach Cabrillo-Orange Lutheran game and then headed to the Long Beach Poly-Corona Centennial game. Clay Helton watched Sam Darnold at the San Clemente-Atascadero game.
USC coaches are out recruiting during the bye week. Among the big games tonight are Long Beach Poly at Corona Centennial. Poly features standout cornerback Iman Marshall and athlete Jack Jones while Centennial is led by wide receiver Javon McKinley.
Another marquee game is Santa Margarita at Bishop Gorman. Santa Margarita junior quarterback K.J. Costello already received a scholarship offer from USC while Bishop Gorman wide receiver Cordell Broadus remains a target. Also of state, the staff was going to attend a game in Texas between Allen and Plano. Allen features offensive tackle Greg Little.
The Edison-Servite game should also includw a USC coach on the sidelines to watch Friars wide receiver Equanimeous St. Brown.
Since getting hired Steve Sarkisian did a nice job being inclusive to the fans and making them feel welcome again. And it seemed to bury any critics who wanted another candidate hired. But there’s also been a lot of criticism on social media since the Boston College game.
So what is the state of his honeymoon? Can everything be blamed on scholarship reductions and a transition season? Or are the fans already restless after just one loss? Mike Garrett used to say USC football coaches do not get honeymoons. That might be true in this case.