Southern California hadn’t even finished the first half of its home opener before the Coliseum crowd erupted in boos for its inept offense and full-throated chants of “Fire Kiffin!”
Fans in cardinal-colored jerseys leaned over the railing and bellowed their boos into the Coliseum tunnel. Negative chants rained down on the coach as he ran to the locker room after each half.
If Silas Redd makes his season debut and Marqise Lee can clean up a few mistakes, it might be easier for Southern California to survive another game until a clear No. 1 quarterback emerges.
Justin Davis ran for 74 yards and a touchdown and No. 24 USC’s defense picked up for its shaky offense, masking mixed performances by battling quarterbacks Cody Kessler and Max Wittek in a 30-13 win over Hawaii on Thursday night.
USC Coach Lane Kiffin isn’t saying which quarterback will audition for the Trojans’ starting job during Thursday’s season opener in Hawaii.
Quarterbacks Max Wittek and Cody Kessler both will play for No. 24 Southern California in its season opener next week.
Kessler, who threw two interceptions in the no-tackling scrimmage, but also made the game’s best throw on a 55-yard TD pass to Nelson Agholor, is the leading candidate to win the QB spot after Matt Barkley.
Although Lane Kiffin is grateful for Southern California athletic director Pat Haden’s video vote of confidence, his job security won’t alter Kiffin’s urgency to get the Trojans back on top.
With four new assistant coaches and no starting quarterback, Southern California has started work on erasing memories of last season’s disappointment.
Southern California coach Lane Kiffin has hired three assistant coaches to complete his staff overhaul after the Trojans’ disappointing 7-6 season.
Although Southern California signed another loaded recruiting class Wednesday, the Trojans were left lamenting the talent that got away.
Head coach Lane Kiffin has denied reports Wednesday that a “flat-out-brawl” happened in the locker-room after losing to Georgia Tech 21-7.
Lane Kiffin may have a freshman to start at QB in the fall after Max Wittek’s horrible performance at the Sun Bowl, completing 14 passes in 37 attempts in losing efforts to Georgia Tech.
USC Monday ended a disappointing season with a 21-7 loss against Georgia Tech in the Hyundai Sun Bowl.
The USC Trojans are already without Matt Barkley with shoulder injury for the Sun Bowl and now sophomore sensation Marqise Lee could be in danger of missing SC’s first bowl game since 2009.