Originally Posted by RPMPIRE
Maybe Kiffin can use the air in his head...
Don't get me wrong. I think Kiffin is a great recruiter and offensive coordinator, but I not sure about his head coaching. I'm sure his track record speaks for itself.
I'm not a USC guy, but my dad is a huge SC fan ... and he totally agrees with you. My opinion of Kiffin has changed a jillion times. Thought it was odd that the Raiders hired him, then was appalled at how they treated him, then was appalled at how he treated Tennessee and shocked that SC would hire a guy like that, then lately he's seemed to say and do all the right things so I thought he was alright. Now, I don't know.
Originally Posted by Harmonious
I found it "interesting" that USC's official statement said that the student manager did this without the knowledge of any player, coach, or athletic department personnel. Somehow I doubt that the manager just took it upon himself to underinflate 5 footballs. Given USC's recent track record with the NCAA, I don't believe them.
But underinflated footballs don't help you play defense any better, which seemed to be USC's problem all night long.
Well, everybody's defense has problems against Oregon so that's no surprise. (For the record, the LEAST amount of points Oregon has scored all year has been 42 ... against MY Fresno State Bulldogs! ... which, coincidentally happens to be Lane Kiffin's alma mater as well)
It dawned on me late in the game against Oregon that if I was an opposing coach I would go a little unorthodox. They basically score EVERY time they have the ball anyway, and it takes them 90 seconds to do it ... so, don't give them the ball. I know it might sound crazy, but I firmly believe that you have to do everything in your power to keep the ball away from them. Which means ... no punting and no kick-offs. Go for it on EVERY fourth down (save for really close to your own end zone and/or 4th and long) and onside kick every time you score. Couldn't hurt to try. If they didn't recover any of the 8 onside kicks they would have attempted, the only probably difference would have been a little more total time, so the final would have 72-61 instead.