Tag:Lane Kiffin
Posted on: September 13, 2010 10:39 am
 

Lane Kiffin says Trojans 'outcoached' by Virginia

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Through the first two games of Lane Kiffin 's reign in sunny southern California, the USC Trojans are 2-0, though neither of their wins against Hawai'i and Virginia could be called impressive victories.  Against Hawai'i the Trojans defense had a lot of trouble stopping the Warrior offense, and against the Cavaliers on Saturday night the offense struggled to put points on the board.

Which is why it isn't all that surprising to find out that even though they've won both games, Kiffin isn't very happy with his team's effort.  In fact, on Saturday, he believes his team was "outcoached."

"I kind of feel like we lost," Kiffin said. "They outcoached us today ... I would say we were outcoached.

"I hope you can tell the disappointment. We're not getting it done. It's the most miserable 2-0 locker room I've been in, which is good. We need to get better. All of a sudden we might lose a game like this."


One area Kiffin would like to see improvement from is the Trojan rushing attack.  USC managed 127 yards rushing against Virginia, but 20 of those came on a scramble from Matt Barkley .  Kiffin would like to see a better rhythmn established.

Another area Kiffin may want to consider working on is his team's discipline.  Through their first two games the Trojans have picked up 24 penalties for 240 yards.  When you're getting called for 12 penalties a game, it's not a question of if it's going to catch up to you, but when.
Category: NCAAF
Posted on: September 8, 2010 9:36 am
Edited on: September 8, 2010 10:04 am
 

Bryce Brown's father planning to sue UT, Dooley?

Posted by Chip Patterson

Bryce Brown was once one of the most prized recruits in the nation, a running back with explosive speed and power from an athletically impressive family.  But ever since he signed with Tennessee back in the spring of 2009, he has been making headlines for all the wrong reasons.

After head coach Derek Dooley denied Brown a release from his scholarship with Tennessee, his father began considering legal action.  In an interview with Arthur Brown on Knoxville radio station WNML, the running back's father is planning to hire an attorney and potentially sue Tennessee and coach Derek Dooley for keeping his son from being able to be placed on scholarship at Kansas State.

But WNML reported that Arthur Brown received a registered letter on Tuesday from UT chancellor Jimmy Cheek upholding the decision and is looking for another option to gain a release for his son, which would allow Kansas State to put Bryce Brown on scholarship right away as he sits out a mandated year for transferring.

"Bryce has done nothing wrong," Arthur Brown told the radio station. "I don’t understand."

"If he used that criteria, he should have released Bryce. I think that’s bogus. I’m disappointed in UT’s stance."

That criteria which Brown is referring to is Dooley's criteria for granting release in different transfer cases.  

“As with the other players who have asked for a release, I went through the same process with the same criteria with Bryce,” Dooley told the Knoxville News Sentinel last month. “These are the three key factors - what their personal investment into the program was, did they have their heart into it and did they give it a good, fair shot. No. 2, the harm that their departure creates for the organization. No. 3, how they handle it as a professional.

“I’ve done that with every one of these guys -- with Aaron (Douglas), with Todd Campbell, with Nick Stephens, Nick Lamaison and now Bryce. So now my decision, based on those three factors with Bryce, is not to release him.”

Of course, trouble has followed Brown since he arrived on campus in Knoxville.  First there were the questions about his eligibility before his freshman season.  Then after showing bursts of potential but little production in 2009, Brown disappeared from Tennessee in the spring semester without consulting with new head coach Derek Dooley.  His lack of effort to give the Volunteers a chance makes it no surprise that the university is not jumping at the opportunity to release him from his scholarship.


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Posted on: September 2, 2010 11:03 am
Edited on: September 2, 2010 2:24 pm
 

USC could go independent? AD thinks "why not"

Posted by Chip Patterson

In more fascinating indie talk, there are some albums I've been meaning to pick up this from the last six months.  In less fascinating indie talk, USC athletic director Pat Haden is causing a stir by not ruling out a break from the Pac-10.

Haden has been making headlines since taking over for Mike Garrett about a month ago, whether it's about giving back Reggie Bush's Heisman Trophy or keeping a short leash on new head coach Lane Kiffin, it is clear the new AD is not afraid to speak his mind.  So when asked about the possibilities of USC following BYU's lead and going independent in football, Haden did not hold back.

“I think you always have to look at every opportunity,” Haden, who’s starting his second month on the job, said from the football team’s hotel in Hawaii.
“We’re a happy member of the Pac-10. I don’t have any ulterior motives or plans to advance the ball on this. I think the Pac-10 with a new commissioner and new opportunities has some growth built in already.  
“But would we every consider it? I think you have to. As an athletic director in today’s environment, you have to consider every alternative.”

There goes Haden, pulling the old press question oreo (agree-deny-agree) and leaving everyone with little to no conclusion as to whether or not this is an actual possibility.  

The one piece of BYU's break from conference monogamy that will get the attention of other major football programs is the eight year television deal they signed with ESPN.  USC has a much larger audience on the national level and would be able to negotiate a more lucrative deal should they decide to make the move for independence.  

But for now USC needs to focus on the task at hand and that is getting back into good graces with the NCAA and continuing to build despite their current sanctions.  That campaign will begin late this evening, with their season opener at Hawaii.

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