The barrel-chested coach with the Louisiana accent that sometimes borders on indecipherable might seem an unlikely fit in Hollywood.
Marion Grice scored four touchdowns, two on passes from Taylor Kelly, and Arizona State used consecutive big plays in the third quarter to race past Southern California 62-41 on Saturday night.
Three Southern California players have been declared out for the season with injuries, further depleting the NCAA-sanctioned Trojans’ shaky depth.
Cody Kessler passed for 164 yards and a touchdown, and the Southern California defense stifled explosive Utah State on Saturday as the Trojans topped the Aggies 17-14.
Cody Kessler passed for 237 yards and two touchdowns, Tre Madden became the first Southern California player to open a season with three straight 100-yard rushing games in 32 years and the Trojans bounced back from an embarrassing loss to Pac-12 doormat Washington State to beat Boston College 35-7 Saturday.
University of Southern California head coach Lane Kiffin has made a decision on a starting quarterback for the Trojans.
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!”
The University of Southern California and various local and state government officials Thursday signed off on a lease agreement that keeps USC as the primary tenant of the Coliseum for the next 99 years.
Tailback Silas Redd hopes to make his season debut on Saturday for No. 25 Southern California after getting more repairs done on his left knee last week.
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.
Southern California has added a transfer from Maryland to its men’s basketball team under new coach Andy Enfield, giving the Trojans three transfers for the upcoming season.
Free-agent quarterback Matt Leinart signed with the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.
Quarterbacks Max Wittek and Cody Kessler both will play for No. 24 Southern California in its season opener next week.
Southern California wide receiver Marqise Lee missed the Trojans’ first practice on Saturday, a day after he left practice early with an apparent right shoulder injury.
New York Jets running back Joe McKnight was arrested last week in New Jersey for outstanding traffic warrants after being stopped by police.