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Kiffin thinks injured back is stretching reality

Marc Tyler, D'Aundre Reed

After Marc Tyler suffered what might turn out to be a spring-ending hamstring injury during USC’s first practice last week, the running back indicated that a lack of proper stretching led to him being sidelined.

I didn’t know we weren’t going to stretch like we usually do,” the senior said. “I guess they want us to come here earlier and stretch before. I didn’t know they changed it. My legs didn’t feel good all practice.”

Tyler’s head coach, however, begs to differ.

Kiffin caught wind of Tyler’s explanation as to the reason behind the injury, and wasn’t buying what the back was trying to sell.  So, Kiffin & Company had a little “talk” with the Trojans’ leading rusher in 2010.

“We’ve discussed that with Marc,” Kiffin said. “Since he pulled his hamstring two hours into practice, it wasn’t the stretching before that.”

To further drive home his point, Kiffin noted that USC utilizes four stretching tables, something “I don’t think any college in America does.”

Regardless of how the injury occurred, the hamstring will likely force Tyler to miss the remainder of the Trojans’ spring practice, which will culminate with the playing of the annual spring game April 23.

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10 Responses to “Kiffin thinks injured back is stretching reality”
  1. WingT says: Mar 27, 2011 12:43 PM

    Kiffin should easily be able to recognize when reality is being stretched.

    Right Edgy and SoFloTrojan? :)

  2. southernpatriots says: Mar 27, 2011 1:03 PM

    WingT: Now that is funny! Thanks for the laugh. The best humor is rooted in reality and this one is. Thank you again. Have a great day!

  3. WingT says: Mar 27, 2011 1:07 PM

    Thanks SouthernPatriots…..I love to needle Edgy – he’s a good sport and takes as well as he gives, lol

  4. edgy says: Mar 27, 2011 5:07 PM

    He can stretch more than Saban but then again, when you’re Tom Thumb er Cruise size, anyone can stretch it more than you. :)

  5. edgy says: Mar 27, 2011 5:34 PM

    I always used to laugh at my teammates because I never had to worry about this when practice started because even though I worked 30 hours a week during the summer, it was over 6 days and I spent the rest of my time playing football and basketball and table tennis and I was always in shape while they did almost nothing. It was really funny to watch them puking after about 30 minutes of practice because they hadn’t gotten off their couches all summer long.

  6. ndscott50 says: Mar 27, 2011 6:40 PM

    If the player is correct and the coaches do want them to come in early they better count that as practice time. As Michigan showed you have to count streching time as practice time or you will be over practice time limits. I suspect that limiting the amount of stretching before practice and then suggesting players come in early to do more will not fly.

  7. thefiesty1 says: Mar 27, 2011 8:04 PM

    Practice? Practice? We’re talking about practice! Once they come out of the locker room it’s practice. He could have pulled a hammy putting on his pants before he stretched.

  8. overratedgators says: Mar 27, 2011 10:52 PM

    Good point, ndscott50.

  9. 11inthebox says: Mar 28, 2011 4:51 PM


    Good point. Thats why I’d take the kid’s word over Kiffin’s. The kid is a senior and certainly knows what it takes to prepare for a workout.

  10. favrelous says: Mar 29, 2011 3:53 AM

    The focus on LA schools is a joke. I don’t know if you know, but CAL is a school, not just a state. And the ucla fight song is a blatant rip off of the cal fight song.

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