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Southern California: In the matter of the curiously, and criminally (in terms of NCAA rules) deflated footballs and coach with the over-inflated sense of self, the question is not whether we can believe Lane Kiffin – we already know that we cannot – but whether we should here.
On Wednesday USC reported that it had fired a student manager who deflated footballs that the Trojans’ offense would use moments before taking the field in last Saturday night’s 62-51 loss to No. 2 Oregon. Purportedly, the student acted alone when he let the air out of a few balls on the Oregon sideline shortly before kickoff.
The idea behind the scheme is that slightly deflated footballs are easier to pass and catch, and when your aerial attack is burdened by the limited talents of quarterback Matt Barkley and wide receivers Marqise Lee, Robert Woods and Nelson Agholor, you need all the assistance – fair or unfair – that you can get.
So, of course a student manager places himself in the 6th floo...
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After yielding an atrocious 730 yards of offense in last week’s 62-51 loss to Oregon, embattled University of Southern California (USC) head coach Lane Kiffin is under intense scrutiny to axe the team’s defensive coordinator, his 72-year-old father, Monte. The … Continue reading →
As they entered the practice facility to set up the field for Thursday morning's workout, USC Coach Lane Kiffin and football student managers declined to comment about the latest controversy surrounding the Trojans.
The Pac-12 Conference reprimanded and fined USC because a student manager intentionally deflated, below NCAA-regulated levels, several balls used by the Trojans...
LOS ANGELES Inevitably, if you are fortunate enough to have a father you revere live long enough, there comes a time where you have to begin searching for reminders of the man you once knew.
They gradually become obscured by uncertainty, frailty and other diminishing curses of age that no amount of determination can seem to beat back.
Now imagine that you are not only this mans...
USC Coach Lane Kiffin speaks with the media following the Trojans Thursday practice.
USC Coach Lane Kiffin says no one on the coaching staff or team knew about a student-manager deflating game balls during the Trojans' game against Oregon.
USC Coach Lane Kiffin speaks with the media following Wednesday's practice. The No. 21 Trojans are preparing to snap their two-game skid against Arizona State on Saturday.
USC’s Head Coach Lane Kiffin has done some pretty shady stuff during his time as a College Football Head Coach. Whether it’s piling up secondary NCAA violations at Tennessee, or having his backup quarterback wear his kickers’ jersey, he’s built up quite a reputation for himself. This time though, USC is in the headlines for something a Student Manager did.On USC’s website...
USC Coach Lane Kiffin's postgame press conference after USC defeats ASU 38-17, improving to 7-3 overall and 5-3 in the Pac-12.
It seems that controversy just seems to continue to show up at the doorstep of the USC football program this season. Of course, most of it is Lane Kiffin’s doing, since he foolishly lied about his coaches’ poll vote and even more foolishly briefly banned a reporter from USC’s practices for doing his job.
Add in the fact that visiting teams were banned from walkthroughs at the...
Tweet Whether or not he had anything to do with it, Lane Kiffin is the most entertaining head coach in college football. Per the university’s website, the USC Trojans have been fined by the Pac-12 for under-inflated game balls that were used in USC’s loss to the Oregon Ducks Saturday Nov. 3: Game officials discovered [...]
(Eds: With AP Photos.) By JIM LITKE AP Sports Columnist School officials at Southern California fired a student manager after he admitted taking the air out of some footballs before last week's home game against Oregon.
Good. Now they can resume searching for who took the wind out of Lane Kiffin's sails.
Just kidding about that last part, if only because Kiffin hardly needs...
The two top stories on AL.com, the Internet voice of Alabama, this morning: football stories. Then, you go to the Alabama football page and they’re still talking about the LSU game – on Wednesday. Roll Tide, indeed.
Meanwhile, at USC, Lane Kiffin fired a student manager after he deflated footballs below NCAA-mandated levels before the Oregon game. Poor, USC...