ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit spoke today about Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin’s feelings about facing USC in the first game.
“As far as Lane Kiffin going against his former team, USC, I think he’ll downplay it to everybody in the media. I think he’ll try to kind of poo-poo it even. Like this is just another game. We’ve got to get ready. We’ve got to find a quarterback. We don’t know what we have. But I do think that deep down there is something a little bit special for him going up against USC. Just to remind the USC folks what they let go. He’s a human. He has a competitive spirit. If anybody ever left one job and got fired to go to and he got hired in another job and you’re going back to play that school that fired you, I think anybody would be crazy to say that it wasn’t a little bit special or there’s a little bit more incentive there.
“So it will be there. How it will impact the game, I don’t think it will. But I think privately deep down, I think Lane Kiffin’s incredibly fired up to have an opportunity to coach Alabama offensively against USC.”
Just to remind the USC folks what they let go? What did they let go?
It’s very, very early. That said, it took one or two practices to see Mike Williams, Robert Woods, Marqise Lee and JuJu Smith-Schuster were special. If someone asked who is special among the freshmen I would say no one. I think Michael Pittman can be but I can’t say it like I could about those above-mentioned receivers.
Former USC tailback Ricky Ervins was a Class of 2016 selection for the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame. Also inducted are former Minnesota defensive lineman Bobby Bell, former Duke quarterback/Oregon State coach/UCLA coach Tommy Prothro and sportswriter Art Spander.
In this analysis, I look at the importance of USC’s running game to the 2016 season: “Although the quarterback derby swallowed all the oxygen from training camp the past two weeks, it is the running game that carries the offense. This is college football, where running and defense win titles. USC’s got the running game. Defense? Well, let’s see what happens the first month.”
And running backs coach Tommie Robinson talks about facing Lane Kiffin.
“It’s going to be real weird,” Robinson said. “It’s going to be strange for a lot of people. These seniors came (to USC) under Lane Kiffin. Five (assistant) coaches came under Lane Kiffin as head coach.” Full story here
USC freshman QB Sam Darnold spoke to the media for the first time since Max Browne was named starting QB.
“This is my dream school,” Darnold said. “There’s no way I’m going to leave this place. I love this place.”
Darnold has reason to stay because he is supposed to play in certain situations according to Clay Helton. Browne said today he thought Darnold would be useful in goal-line situations.
USC received a commitment from defensive end James Lynch a couple days ago. He doesn’t have a ranking from Rivals, which is no crime because I always feel a better indicator is what other schools offered him a scholarship.
Lynch was offered by Tulsa, Texas Tech, Texas State, TCU, Stephen F. Austin, Nevada, Kansas, Duke, Colorado State and Colorado. It’s going to interesting to keep track of some of these recruits’ careers to see if they really develop like the USC coaches believe.