Marqise Lee and the Trojans hold a players-only meeting

Marqise Le had only 7 catches for 27 yards on Saturday
Marqise Lee had only 7 catches for 27 yards on Saturday. (USATSI)

On Saturday night Southern California lost to Washington State for the first time since a 30-27 overtime loss in 2002. It was also the first time the Trojans had lost at home to the Cougars since 2000.

And it was not a pretty loss, as the Trojans managed only 193 yards of offense and the crowd at the Coliseum could be heard chanting "fire Lane Kiffin" during the game. Afterward, receiver, Marqise Lee, a captain of the team, said the team would hold a players-only meeting.

“We’re not supposed to come in [Sunday] but we’ll come in and talk about it as a team and go over the things we can improve on as a team without the coaches there,” Lee told reporters.

Now, some people may take this as a bad sign for Lane Kiffin and his future with the Trojans, but I don't believe that's the case. I think this is an instance of the players holding themselves accountable for their performance on Saturday night. 

Lane Kiffin has his critics, and I'm often one of them, but USC's performance on Saturday night cannot be pinned on him and him alone. It was truly a team effort.

CBS Sports Writer

Tom Fornelli has been a college football writer at CBS Sports since 2010. During his time at CBS, Tom has proven time and again that he hates your favorite team and thinks your rival is a paragon of football... Full Bio

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