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Fight on! Dozen or so Trojans involved in post-bowl altercation

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A 2012 season that began with high expectations for preseason No. 1 USC was filled with nothing but deflating disappointment, littered with frustration both on and off the field throughout.

Reportedly, that frustration came to a head at season’s end.

According to Scott Wolf of the Los Angeles Daily News, 10-15 players were involved in a postgame “altercation” following the Trojans’ embarrassing Sun Bowl loss to Georgia Tech.  The locker-room brouhaha, which wasn’t specifically described as physical by Wolf, came after a lethargic performance in which a sizable portion of the team seemed disinterested in the program’s first postseason appearance in two years and sleepwalked through the 21-7 loss to the seven-loss Yellow Jackets.

“It was one of the worst things I’ve seen in a locker room,” an unidentified player told Wolf in regards to the postgame scene.

Oddly enough, it was the younger players reportedly chastising the older ones that appears to be the impetus for the situation, with Wolf writing “some freshmen questioned the leadership of the team’s seniors and whether they gave 100 percent effort for the Sun Bowl.”  Witnesses told Wolf that this questioning led to an argument that then escalated.

On the one hand, if it was indeed the freshmen lashing out against players, even veterans, half-assing it through a game, that would appear to bode well for the future of a Trojans football program mired in mediocrity under Lane Kiffin.  On the other hand, it’s yet another check mark next to the box that reads “Program Out of Control Under Kiffin,” with those who want the current head coach to become the former head coach — and that number is growing — armed with yet another data point to make an argument that’s becoming easier by the day.

Kiffin will enter the 2013 season on the hottest of proverbial hot seats.  Thanks to situations like the above that seem to invariably crop up with some degree of regularity when Kiffin’s in charge, it doesn’t appear there’ll be a cold front coming through anytime soon.

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42 Responses to “Fight on! Dozen or so Trojans involved in post-bowl altercation”
  1. scalpemseminoles says: Jan 16, 2013 8:59 AM

    As all my twitter feed users were say, “#goacc”

  2. cometkazie says: Jan 16, 2013 9:04 AM

    U$C, the Jets of college football.

  3. bamafan36 says: Jan 16, 2013 9:11 AM

    LOL! This couldn’t happen to a better program, or a better guy! USC and Kiffin deserve one another!

  4. addict2sport says: Jan 16, 2013 9:18 AM

    I hate to disappoint those excited by this article and the opportunity it brings to slam USC’s program and their head coach but I would suggest we all hold off on buying into the story until it’s confirmed my a source other than Scott Wolf. Despite the fact that he is assigned to cover USC by the LA Daily News, this “writer” is a HORRIBLE source for information.

  5. lamontjoe says: Jan 16, 2013 9:18 AM

    I agree Bama; Kiffin will be the death of USC, and I hope he stays for another ten years!

  6. timh1955 says: Jan 16, 2013 9:27 AM

    Kiffin destroys every team he has ever been associated with. He is a TERRIBLE coach and leader and is hated everywhere he has been. USC should have dumped his sorry ass at the end of 2012. The only thing he does well is choosing a wife as his wife is drop dead beautiful! Maybe she should be the new coach!

  7. cometkazie says: Jan 16, 2013 9:27 AM

    addict2sport says:
    Jan 16, 2013 9:18 AM
    I hate to disappoint those excited by this article and the opportunity it brings to slam USC’s program and their head coach but I would suggest we all hold off on buying into the story until it’s confirmed my a source other than Scott Wolf. Despite the fact that he is assigned to cover USC by the LA Daily News, this “writer” is a HORRIBLE source for information.
    +-+-+

    Point well made.

  8. mydixienormus says: Jan 16, 2013 9:29 AM

    I found a video of the fight. That escalated quickly…

  9. thegamecocker says: Jan 16, 2013 9:43 AM

    @mydixienormous

    Once again: simply OUTSTANDING!!! LMAO. It’s just a gift that you have.

  10. boondocksaint7 says: Jan 16, 2013 9:53 AM

    Stay classy USC! Hahaha!

  11. lucky5936 says: Jan 16, 2013 10:13 AM

    If the seniors would have put as much energy and effort into the game that they did in the locker room, they would have won the game convincingly.

  12. mungman69 says: Jan 16, 2013 10:29 AM

    What a sorry ass game to watch. I can’t wait to see what USC comes up with next year.

  13. ninjapleazee says: Jan 16, 2013 10:36 AM

    Smart move huh Silas Redd? Karma!

  14. mydixienormus says: Jan 16, 2013 10:39 AM

    I was wondering what Mr. Redd thinks of his decission to transfer to USC?

    At least he got out of the cold weather. Always a plus to be surrounded by hot white women too…

  15. mogogo1 says: Jan 16, 2013 10:44 AM

    Where were Kiffin and the rest of his staff while this was all going on? (Possibly still trying to figure out what time the bowl banquet they skipped was supposed to start?)

    And can anyone explain how Kiffin made it through this season? The preseason number 1 goes 7-6 (has that ever happened before?) and all that happens is he’s on the hot seat for NEXT season? I’d have thought at bare minimum they’d have considered other candidates, but it seems that the plan was for him to get another season regardless how horribly they played. I don’t understand that at all.

    Just be ready Trojan fans to eventually hear about tons of NCAA violations that are occurring right about now as Kiffin tries to save his job. (Because anybody who thinks that Kiffin isn’t going to get them put on probation knows nothing about who Lane Kiffin is.)

  16. pacific123ocean says: Jan 16, 2013 10:55 AM

    This may or may not be true…but, I would like to see writers/bloggers confirm with multiple sources before publishing a story.

  17. Tom Poland says: Jan 16, 2013 11:39 AM

    Love it! What a sorry excuse Kiffin is for a coach. He’s the ultimate media creation and ought to go to Notre Lame. You can be sure some lucky dude keeps Kiffin’s wife pleased cause kutie-pie Kiffin ain’t man enough!

    Kiffin: A term describing a prolonged stage of particularly underdeveloped emotional health. Symptoms include a sense of entitlement, in spite of little or no actual earned accomplishment, and a sometimes astonishing lack of elementary and basic character, seen particularly in the inability to edit one’s own words or behavior.
    Though the man was in his early 30s, his childish remarks and impetuous behavior showed that he was developmentally stuck in a major Kiffin.

    Kiffin: To throw up slightly in one’s mouth, then swallow it.
    “Oh man, I better slow down, I just kiffined after that last shot of Jack Daniel’s.”

  18. mediocrebob says: Jan 16, 2013 12:02 PM

    Lame Kiffin can stay at $C as long as he likes! I think he’s great there! Go Irish

  19. mediocrebob says: Jan 16, 2013 12:05 PM

    Stay at $C forever Lame! We love you Go Irish

  20. webdupree says: Jan 16, 2013 12:09 PM

    When Kiffin first came to USC, I would describe the reaction as cautious optimism. After the 2011 season, the optimism outweighed the caution. Now, there is just frustration and despair about the fact that we are stuck with him for at least one more year, and maybe two (if they keep him through the end of the scholarship reductions). Kiffin-haters, you are not telling us anything that we have not already learned ourselves — the hard way.

  21. houndofthebaskervols says: Jan 16, 2013 12:23 PM

    If it causes Kiffin one ounce of grief, I’m all for it. Will be interesting to see what happens to this recruiting class now that this story has broken, if I was a parent I wouldnt let my kid play for that jagoff.

  22. matreyu13 says: Jan 16, 2013 12:27 PM

    lucky5936 says:
    Jan 16, 2013 10:13 AM
    If the seniors would have put as much energy and effort into the game that they did in the locker room, they would have won the game convincingly.

    @lucky, the underclassmen probably won the fight in the locker room.

  23. bucrightoff says: Jan 16, 2013 12:41 PM

    Rex Ryan will be USC coach after the Jets isht-can him.

  24. soundsofsuccess7 says: Jan 16, 2013 12:46 PM

    not true and not the first time wolf has made up things

  25. cubsin2049 says: Jan 16, 2013 12:52 PM

    I guess Pat Haden believes that any publicity for his football program in the off-season is better than no publicity at all.

    Keeping the coach through all this is the smartest thing he can do, right? After all, Pat is a Rhodes Scholar.

  26. pacific123ocean says: Jan 16, 2013 1:30 PM

    We have one source for this story…can we get another source to confirm? Journalism 101

    Thanks,

  27. Tom Poland says: Jan 16, 2013 1:33 PM

    If the reporter did his homework he has more than one source himself.

  28. John Taylor says: Jan 16, 2013 1:36 PM

    “Flat-out brawl” and “haymakers” thrown per ESPN. Barkley denies punches were thrown.

    http://espn.go.com/los-angeles/college-football/story/_/id/8849887/usc-trojans-scuffle-post-bowl-defeat-sources-say

    As long as it makes you feel better, though, continue to shoot the messenger instead of aiming your angst where it belongs.

  29. uscatjerseyshore says: Jan 16, 2013 1:47 PM

    So the question is who do you want to believe. Matt Barkley who was actually in the locker room and said all this amounted to were some heated remarks or a reporter (Scott Wolf), who has a rep for creating scurrilous reports on USC football and was banned from attending USC practices.

    If this happened at all (the degree of which depicted I doubt) it was more than two weeks ago. This decreases the credibility of the story however the USC/Kiffin haters will certainly buy into it.

  30. soundsofsuccess7 says: Jan 16, 2013 2:01 PM

    TJ, Barkley, and more denied it. Wolf was banned from SC after other BS reports.

    don’t believe this.

  31. zurnvs says: Jan 16, 2013 2:27 PM

    Not sure if this is true or not, but doesnt Lane ban everyone from covering his team?

  32. xtremesportsmaniac says: Jan 16, 2013 2:55 PM

    The story is probably true but I still always laugh when CFT bases its story off of anything Scott Wolf says. Of all the reporters that cover USC Scott Wolf is the least accurate. Anyone who follows USC laughs at this guy.

  33. seamus0317 says: Jan 16, 2013 3:35 PM

    As classy as Pat Haden is, why does he put up with this asshole Kiffin???

  34. rcali says: Jan 16, 2013 4:10 PM

    Crazy Al Davis had it right about Kiffin. Who would have thought?

  35. huskylawyer says: Jan 16, 2013 4:25 PM

    As a fan of a rival Pac-12 team (Washington), I plan to make a sizable donation to USC with the stipulation that all the proceeds be used to retain Kiffin at whatever cost. I encourage other Pac-12 fans to do the same. Kiffin is the gift that keeps on giving.

  36. cosanostra71 says: Jan 16, 2013 6:14 PM

    I’m not discounting that this sounds pretty in line with the way the season went… but Wolf is sort of a tabloid writer. I would like to see other sources confirm. I would mostly just like for the team to come out next year and shut people up with their play though.

  37. cosanostra71 says: Jan 16, 2013 6:18 PM

    Didn’t see the other source. Still don’t believe it was an actual fight, and in all honesty people getting upset actually makes me feel better. At least they cared (somewhat).

  38. burgandy2260 says: Jan 16, 2013 10:24 PM

    Unfortunately the media nor the public care very much about sources or facts this early in the story. It’s later in the chapters that counts and you can pick this book up practically anywhere. Just google LANE KIFFIN SUCKS. Should be the first choice!

  39. middy8484 says: Jan 16, 2013 10:24 PM

    Stay classy guys

  40. pdcooper08 says: Jan 17, 2013 3:53 AM

    As a fan of a rival Pac-12 team (Washington), I plan to make a sizable donation to USC with the stipulation that all the proceeds be used to retain Kiffin at whatever cost. I encourage other Pac-12 fans to do the same. Kiffin is the gift that keeps on giving.

    Funny Huskie fan, although we sucked this year and lost to any and all teams that where anything, the Trojans still rolled you guys. You have no place to churp here.

    In fact, perhaps next year, once Lane gets launched, Haden will come to your place and take your coach away. I heard he is ready to return home, it’s only a matter of time. Garrett should have hired Sark in the frst place.

  41. waynefontes says: Jan 17, 2013 6:08 AM

    addict2sport says:
    Jan 16, 2013 9:18 AM
    I hate to disappoint those excited by this article and the opportunity it brings to slam USC’s program and their head coach but I would suggest we all hold off on buying into the story until it’s confirmed my a source other than Scott Wolf. Despite the fact that he is assigned to cover USC by the LA Daily News, this “writer” is a HORRIBLE source for information.

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    Don’t worry. Even if it isn’t true, there are several things to slam USC’s program and their pathetic, mediocre head coach over.

    Jersey switches, deflated footballs, recruitment gaffes, lying about your preseason vote…

    … oh, and your colossal failure of a season.

    I’m glad all the USC fans seem to love having Kiffin as your head coach. Don’t worry, every other football fan loves that he’s your coach as well.

    Enjoy mediocrity and shame! It’s only going to get better (and funnier) under Lane Kiffin.

    Fight On!

  42. terryott says: Jan 17, 2013 1:13 PM

    It was a bright day in this household when one of the teams I enjoy rooting against (there are only six of them in CFB) hired the coach (the only CFB one) I enjoy rooting against. May that match made in heaven go on and on and on….

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