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Kiffin tells opponents to ‘get off my lawn!’

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He just can’t help himself, really.

Yesterday, Lane Kiffin created quite the stir, at least among readers of this site, when it was revealed that linebacker Simione Vehikite was back on scholarship after spending more than three months in jail stemming from a no-contest plea to a pair of felonies.

Later that day, the USC head coach likely pissed off the coaching staffs of future opponents as well.

Kiffin confirmed following practice Thursday that the Trojans’ football home, the Coliseum, would no longer be available for opposing teams to use for walk-throughs prior to games (it’s unclear if adult films would fall under the same umbrella).  As if sensing the future stink he was currently stepping in, Kiffin downplayed the move, calling it “no big deal” as the Trojans don’t go through on-field walk-throughs when they go on the road.

The main reason, however, for the banning of walk-throughs, Kiffin said, is preserving the Coliseum turf.

“We put a lot of resources into that field and what I’m hoping is that our fans are going to see the best that field has ever looked,” Kiffin said according to the Los Angeles Times. “The problem with walk-throughs … you tear it up because people put cleats on and go on there.”

Seeing as USC held a mock game last week on a practice field instead of at the Coliseum, that line of reasoning actually holds some water.

Kiffin went on to add that USC is not the only school that’s banned pregame walk-throughs, although he refused to get into specifics.  While we won’t get into any specifics either, we reached out to more than two dozen FBS schools from across the country and received a response from 21 of them; all 21 permit opponent walk-throughs.

Just sayin’.

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49 Responses to “Kiffin tells opponents to ‘get off my lawn!’”
  1. afirst916 says: Aug 31, 2012 2:30 PM

    Everyone thought he was mellowing out after coming to SC…nope, he was just settling in

  2. 1990tiger says: Aug 31, 2012 2:32 PM

    “The problem with walk-throughs … you tear it up because people put cleats on and go on there.”

    WTF? And they wear crocs during a game?

  3. woebegong says: Aug 31, 2012 2:33 PM

    Tenn.’s gain was USC’s loss.

  4. birdsflynorth206 says: Aug 31, 2012 2:47 PM

    People find any reason to hate on Kiffin and USC

  5. xtremesportsmaniac says: Aug 31, 2012 3:05 PM

    Even if he said it was for a competitive advantage I wouldn’t have a problem with it.

  6. papabush88 says: Aug 31, 2012 3:31 PM

    They’ll find absolutely anything to bad mouth Kiffin…and I love it. He’s arrogant and coaching the most arrogant team in the nation with the most arrogant fans. Bring on the hate. It’s our fuel.

    Everyone hated us last year. We were picked to lose 5 games and instead went 10-2. This man could give a substantial amount of money to charity and you would say it wasn’t enough.

    Fight On!

  7. mauldawg says: Aug 31, 2012 3:39 PM

    To papabush, You and fans like you are the reason so many fans dislike USC.That and the fact USC has no morals and a scum bag as a coach.Kiffin is a low life.Anyone that would put a felon back on the roster and take a sch away from someone else is no good.I hope between you and PSU you win ZERO games.I know that wont happen with the cupcakes you both sch.However one can hope.

  8. soundsofsuccess7 says: Aug 31, 2012 3:44 PM


    why tear up the field for other teams’ use?

    fvck other teams~ if you want to do a walkthrough go for it~ just not on our field.

  9. iloveflorio says: Aug 31, 2012 3:53 PM

    Enjoy ur season Silas redd!! Sounds like ur playing for a real good guy! Wise decision and after week 5 when you’ve had a total of 37 carries, it’ll all come together to make for 1 sound choice you made!! Lane kiffin is college footballs biggest douche!! I predict 9-3 for the fighting kiffins! Write it down

  10. papabush88 says: Aug 31, 2012 3:55 PM


    I almost cried. Not because you hurt my feelings, but because that was such a sad and pathetic defensive mechanism you displayed.

    What you don’t understand is that us Trojans fans don’t care what others think about us. We’re not worried with our image. We concern ourselves with being awesome and sending the most players all time to the NFL draft, maintaining the highest bowl winning percentage, and winning more Olmypic Gold Medals and overall medals than any other school.

    Let’s be real for a minute. Tons of SEC players have been getting in trouble with the law this offseason. Programs include Georgia (includes domestice violence), Auburn, LSU, and Arkansas.

    Besides, this is America. In America, you are innocent until proven guilty. If you are guilty, you are given the appropriate sentence as jails and prisons serve as method of rehabilitation. If you serve your sentence, you will be released and you will earn your freedom for serving your time. This guy served his time. Make no mistake about it: he’s not in Lane’s good graces yet. I doubt he sees very much playing time, but in America, we believe in second chances.

    USC is filled with beautiful women and championship athletes. Every other school is filled with jealousy.

  11. cubano76 says: Aug 31, 2012 4:01 PM

    Kiffin is just that type of jerk that you hate, when he coaches for the other team. But LOVE when he’s your jerk, coaching your team. i..e The Ole Ball Coach

  12. papabush88 says: Aug 31, 2012 4:14 PM


    Actually, the only time I didn’t like Kiffin was when he was an asst coach at USC. I thought his play calling was a little conservatice and predictable at times. Then again, our QB was Booty and he decided only to show up in the Rose Bowls. But I do find Spurrier hilarious like you said. And I loved Kiffin at Tennessee. Super arrogant, except he was coaching an irrelevant lower tier team that couldn’t back up his talk on Saturdays.

  13. pdcooper08 says: Aug 31, 2012 4:22 PM

    Come on people, doesn’t your team play this week. Don’t you have anything more to focus on or do then then make stupid little jealous comments about LK or SC.

    Why don’t you just sit back and enjoy the start of a great Football season. Isn’t this what we have all been waiting for. Cheer for your team not against your opponent.

  14. normtide says: Aug 31, 2012 5:40 PM

    Not a huge deal to me. Mississippi state’s stadium used to have the visiting locker room about a quarter mile down the road from the stadium. The visiting players had to walk before and after the games and at halftime. Yes, both are kinda cheap tricks, but that is college football. A good team should not lose on that alone.

    Pappa, I would say bama has just as good athletes and pretty girls, and proud fans as sc. And, I think we just passed sc on the all time bowl wins list, taking #1. Best of luck, hope to see yall in the title game.

  15. papabush88 says: Aug 31, 2012 6:09 PM


    I have the utmost respect for Alabama. Great program. Lots of history. ND too, except that they haven’t been relevant for a while. What I said was that USC has highest bowl winning percentage, not most bowl games. Alabama does have great fans except for the dude that put his junk in the other dude’s face.

    Glad you have sense and aren’t blowing this walk through thing out of proportion like others are. Even the author of article made the headline in order to criminalize Kiffin. It reminds me of what the media is constantly doing to Romney every time he speaks. They turn his words against him. Guess it happens for Obama too. It’s just a cheap shot, but I guess Lane Kiffin sells.

  16. 1trojanlove says: Aug 31, 2012 6:16 PM

    I love that John Taylor is an instigator. It’s cool thou. It’s seems like USC and Coach Kiffin has been labeled Public Enemy #1. Which is fine, because it unites the program! We will prove everyone wrong on the field. Fight On Trojans!

    And everyone who always says USC never plays anyone, just remember USC is one of 3 schools NEVER to play a FCS school (ND, UCLA) are the other two…

  17. lanzurrah says: Aug 31, 2012 6:32 PM

    Good for SC! Love Kiffin…as do his players.

  18. dbldmr says: Aug 31, 2012 6:43 PM

    SC is my favorite rival (ND grad). Great tradition there. Love the fight song, cheerleaders…the whole thing. Don’t think much of the Coliseum but I think I remember reading that it’s going to be refurbished.

  19. normtide says: Aug 31, 2012 6:44 PM

    I have told you before I have much respect for USC. The bowl comment was a friendly jab. We have had our debates before, and you do not resort to cheap flames our baseless accusations. So to me it is all in good sport. Was serious about the title game, would love to see Bama vs USC.

  20. papabush88 says: Aug 31, 2012 7:05 PM

    Like the mutual respect between Bama (normtide), ND (dblmdr), and USC. Bama vs USC would be legendary.

  21. kozbee says: Aug 31, 2012 7:28 PM

    @ papa

    You say words don`t hurt SC fans then why all the hate back to the SEC,should it bother you.And this thing about Bama & SC you make it sound like y`all want a sleep-over.Bet you like penn st also.ND sux.

  22. John Taylor says: Aug 31, 2012 7:33 PM

    “I love that John Taylor is an instigator.”

  23. foreverlsu says: Aug 31, 2012 9:07 PM

    @papabush, name one LSU player that got into trouble with.the law this offseason.

  24. yourrealitybites says: Aug 31, 2012 9:39 PM

    You USC fans are eerily similar to NY Yankee fans, in that you can justify and rationalize any amount of BS to justify your position. Grow some stones. Admit the fact that your coach is a tool. It’s a shame really, since his father is one of the best minds ever to coach football.

  25. ampatsisahypocrite says: Aug 31, 2012 10:45 PM

    papabush88 says:
    Aug 31, 2012 3:55 PM

    I almost cried. Not because you hurt my feelings, but because that was such a sad and pathetic defensive mechanism you displayed.

    What you don’t understand is that us Trojans fans don’t care what others think about us. We’re not worried with our image.

    That’s the spirit! Why, not even the fact that USC ultimately got Silas Redd because Jerry Sandusky abused young boys can kill your buzz! You go, boy, you go!

  26. arizonapetdoctor says: Aug 31, 2012 10:48 PM

    John, not sure being an instigator was meant as a USC-hater. Your job is to get people to read the articles, and you know your audience. The CFT crowd loves to hate CLK, and the title drew those people in. It was a good editorial move, which in no way lessens the fact that you consider a quality program with huge potential for this season. Fight on!

  27. tttrojan4life says: Aug 31, 2012 10:49 PM

    Like the mutual respect between Bama (normtide), ND (dblmdr), and USC. Bama vs USC would be legendary.

    A classic match up.

  28. gotampabay52 says: Aug 31, 2012 10:58 PM

    screw lane and his daddy bunch of low scum lives hope the worst for them GO VOLS

  29. papabush88 says: Aug 31, 2012 10:58 PM


    No tool has a wife that hot, makes that much money, recruits that well, and wins that many games when he has 75 players to everyone else’s 85. Cry somewhere else

  30. papabush88 says: Aug 31, 2012 11:08 PM


    No hate against sec. Just pointing out that other schools have far more players in trouble with the law than USC’s one player. Besides, I kind of agree with that Pinkett guy. Don’t need criminals but need some players with an edge or chip on their shoulder. And that’s who I would want on my defense and then some super disciplined guys on offense. Guys like honey badger…that’s who you want on D…at the same time he broke the drug policy three times and knew the rules for that

  31. yourrealitybites says: Aug 31, 2012 11:33 PM

    Wow papabush………great logic! Ethics and values are not for sale, at least not by those with ethics and values. Your earlier post about beautiful women and championship athletes…….um, like Pete Caroll’s grad student and Reggie Bush? I get the fact that you want to support your team, but being HUA is no way to go thru life. Being an apologist is not admirable, but is just sad. Boo hoo.

  32. papabush88 says: Sep 1, 2012 12:35 AM


    You’re lecturing me about being sad and you came on here to spread hate! You’re hating on a person you don’t even know!!! The only thing you proved is that you suffer from myopia and jealousy. THAT is what is pathetic. Support your team.

  33. papabush88 says: Sep 1, 2012 12:46 AM


    Extraordinary defensive mechanisms you have! Was mostly talking about the beautiful under grads not the grad students like Pete’s squeeze post marriage collapse. And I guess Reggie since he won two natty’s but was also mostly referring to general athletes like how USC has the most all time gold medal winners of any school and overall medal winners

  34. neauxgeaux44 says: Sep 1, 2012 8:08 AM

    LSU would destroy these losers…but, we will never know because the USCondoms will never make it to the big game….fact….

  35. kozbee says: Sep 1, 2012 8:36 AM

    Simione should be wearing a tether while out of jail,only take it off during a game.Lane must be hard-up to place a criminal back on scholarship after spending 3 months in jail.I don`t recall ever seeing a player treated so well in the SEC.By the way did Kiffin take him home to meet the family also.And as for the turf Kiffin stop crying or just lay sod.

  36. omniusprime says: Sep 1, 2012 9:04 AM

    While what Lane says about no walk throughs before the game seems mean spirited I agree with him that preserving the beautiful grass playing field is more important and if USC doesn’t do walk throughs on opponent fields then he’s being fair about it. I support Kiffin in this.

    Seems like Lane is channeling his inner Al Davis, Just Win Baby! Go USC! National championship this season, time to throw the SEC trash into the garbage bin of history.

  37. bbeaman78 says: Sep 1, 2012 10:17 AM

    Lane Kiffin class A moron.

  38. blasterpastor says: Sep 1, 2012 1:31 PM

    Okay, Kiffin. No walk-throughs and players who are convicted felons, just like it was at TN. Just remember to look at your schedule once in awhile and then look at the schedules the SEC plays. Try playing against real teams for the majority of your games and then talk to me about how much you’re all that! USC used to be a premier team and one I loved to watch play. Under you, they will be low class, just like their coach!

  39. mickmars says: Sep 1, 2012 2:45 PM

    Lane Kiffen. Yet another moron living off of daddy’s name…

  40. jko54 says: Sep 2, 2012 10:23 PM

    @pappabush…you are correct about the all time bowl victory percentage… 0.023 of one percent above number two ranked Ole Miss…that is a lead, but not much of one, kind of more like a tie…but for consecutive bowl appearances SC is 47th with only 8 consecutive appearances, Alabama is 4th with 25, even Ole Miss is 11th with 15. I’m not hating on SC, in fact, you are correct about the gold medals and the Olympics, SC should send their own team! But there are other teams other than AL and SC…agreed?

  41. papabush88 says: Sep 2, 2012 10:29 PM


    Of course there are other teams with great histories and tradition. I just think USC has the best. 11 NCs, 7 Heismans, all time leader of 1st round draft picks, all time leader of sending players to draft, highest bowl winning percentage (even if it’s by a small margin), among several other things. Alabama is up there In the discussion. So is Notre Dame. Ohio St, Michigan, and Oklahoma are also significant programs in the scope of college football history.

  42. jko54 says: Sep 2, 2012 10:30 PM

    @tttrojan4life and normtide

    maybe we should play all 13 games, including conference championships and then see who plays for BCS title, not that I have a crystal ball or anything, but legendary matchups seldom happen and generally it is due to one or both of the legends receiving one of those classic “L’s” somewhere in the process, weeks 2 through technical 13 still left to be played.

  43. jko54 says: Sep 2, 2012 10:38 PM


    you are all right pappabush, nice layed back style, i’ve followed SC since OJ, and have always liked them, not my favorite, but I’m no hater either. Don’t care for your coach, I’m a Ole Miss and Tennessee grad, so Kiff is not my fav, but he seems to fit there, so good for everyone…anyway, mainly I just wanted to say thanks for the way you comment, keep on lovin’ the Trojans, but since California grows so many oranges, I must ask…
    “Why Orange you a Vol?” hehehehe

  44. normtide says: Sep 2, 2012 11:04 PM

    Jko, I am not even predicting Bama gets to the title game, way to early for that. Just that I would like to see bama play usc in it. Mainly to see how our defense would play usc’s pro style offense. Imo, bama’s d is largely built to stop the spread. At this point, UT looks good, as does lsu. Life is hard in the sec, an undefeated season should never be implied.

  45. jko54 says: Sep 2, 2012 11:34 PM


    agreed and well said, lots of good matchups this year…October the 20th ought to be interesting, tough test for Dooley, but hey, it ought to be fun, no matter the outcome. Good luck with your Tide!

  46. papabush88 says: Sep 3, 2012 12:46 AM


    Tough for me to be anything other than Trojan. Both parents, my only siblings, all my aunts and uncles, all four grandparents, my wife, all four of her grandparents, both her parents and myself all went to USC. There was no other choice!!! USC may be turning into Quarterback U, but one thing we will never have: Peyton Manning as an alum!

  47. papabush88 says: Sep 3, 2012 12:47 AM

    I meant my only sibling* (only have one)

  48. jko54 says: Sep 3, 2012 1:07 AM


    one other thing you don’t have…
    a cute spotted hound dog as a mascot! yall still have that guy running around in the funny shorts and little hat with the broom on top…of course we have the guy with the coon’s tail on his head, so i guess i have to laugh at us too! I understand, I have bled Orange my whole life, the family too. But thank goodness college football season is here again…enjoy your tailgating pappabush!

  49. papabush88 says: Sep 3, 2012 11:43 AM


    Enjoy yours as well. Offseason seemed like an eternity.

    As a recen alum, my friends and I got season tickets and are doing our first tailgating (since being in the fraternity). Had our first great tailgate. Excited to Trojanize my son this season! (he fell asleep during his first game, ucla-USC last year…then again, who didn’t?)

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