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Kiffin exiting spring: ‘It’s really hard to address where we’re at’

Lane Kiffin

One month and one day after the start of spring practice, USC exited the 15 sessions Saturday somewhat battered and without any real handle on what to expect in 2011.

At least, that’s the assessment of their head coach.

Following yesterday’s spring game that “wasn’t a real game”, Lane Kiffin acknowledged that the number of injuries suffered by the Trojans — especially on the offensive side of the ball — makes it difficult to determine exactly where his squad stands as they enter the summer voluntary workouts portion of the college football calendar.

It is hard to assess with so many people out for all of spring and so many people coming in that are going to have to play for us,” Kiffin said.  “It’s really hard to address where we’re at and figure it out. …

“Hopefully, we’re really good on defense and really good on special teams. We’ve got a lot of work to do on offense.”

Quarterback Matt Barkley tossed two interceptions and barely completed 50 percent of his 42 passes, but there were mitigating factors behind that performance.  Star wide receiver Robert Woods was held out of the game after injuring his ankle during a “basketball incident” Friday (“All the coaches had the same response – don’t play basketball anymore“) and then fellow receiver Brandon Carswell went down with what’s believed to be a concussion.  And that’s on top of the uber-talented Kyle Prater still recovering from foot surgery.

“You’ve got to deal with what we have,” Barkley said. “I can’t wait to have all those guys back.”

It wasn’t all bad news on the day for the Trojans, however.  By all accounts, the defense showed well throughout the spring, even when the injuries on the other side of the ball are factored in.  And sophomore running back Dillon Baxter, hobbled for most of the spring by an ankle issue, broke off two of his longest runs of the past month as well as running for a touchdown.

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8 Responses to “Kiffin exiting spring: ‘It’s really hard to address where we’re at’”
  1. polegojim says: Apr 24, 2011 12:44 PM

    Now THERE’S a confidence builder – USC HC is in the dark – maybe just an error of words.

    Many people coming in that are going to ‘HAVE to play for us’…’HAVE to play for us’?

    That’s got to make SoCal fans pucker and whince like a flared up hemorrhoid.

    Kiff – retract and restate: “With a number of players out during Spring practices, many other options have presented themselves. We’re very happy to see players stepping up and exceeding some of our expectations. Guys are going to be working hard to earn a starting roll for USC in 2011.” There – not too hard was it?

    Kiffin and Josh McDaniels are the same person, just different names. Total botch jobs in explaining themselves, mostly due to a clueless streak that runs deep.

    Mark my words:
    Trojan fans will tire of is unstable antics, shotgun approach, and lack of decision making discipline immediately following the 2011 season.

    USC fans DESERVE better.

    How about an OUNCE of proactivity for Trojans sake???

  2. iamtalkingsolistenandlearn says: Apr 24, 2011 1:33 PM

    Professor Polegojim:

    Very nice of you to share your unsolicited opinion, wisdom and knowledge. However, next time you go off on a pompous, self endulged diatribe, check your remarks closely.

    “trojan fans will tire of IS unstable antics”
    “lack of decision making discipline” ??????

    maybe you should learn to spell better before trying to convince people how smart you are. Also, Lack of decision making skills is the proper term, not discipline.

  3. polegojim says: Apr 24, 2011 3:11 PM

    @iamtalking -you’re welcome… I’m not listening.

    Now go away.

  4. polegojim says: Apr 24, 2011 3:20 PM


    I’m also unquestionably right…you forgot to mention that among your petty corrections that I’ll quite easily ignore.

  5. iamtalkingsolistenandlearn says: Apr 24, 2011 6:00 PM

    Oh dont cry lil professor. It will be ok.
    Need your binky?

  6. billmead1976 says: Apr 25, 2011 5:32 AM

    nothing like useless grammar police posts.

  7. dexterismyhero says: Apr 25, 2011 2:12 PM

    Hey billmead1976. You did not capitalize your first work…… sarcasm…

    just let the 2 girls argue about it.

  8. WingT says: Apr 26, 2011 11:40 AM

    Depth, you don’t realize the importance of it until it’s gone.

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