“I couldn’t imagine that Hayes could have done better than he did, moving basically in one day,” Kiffin said after Thursday’s practice. “It’s like he’d been there a long time.”
Lee touched the ball a lot last season, with 73 catches, five rushes and 10 kick returns, but it’s clear the Trojans have a lot more in store for him this season. Even with Robert Woods in the fold, he may end up being the focal point of the USC offense in 2012. “I know it sounds pretty strong, but I think he was kinda dominating college football at the end of the year,” Kiffin said. “You look at what he did against UCLA, he dominated the game, it was like a man playing amongst boys.”
But there was no doubting the enthusiasm of Monte Kiffin, a U.S.C. assistant coach. It was not simply for Redd, the former Penn State running back. It was for how U.S.C. presented Redd with the idea of coming west, convinced him, “in true S.C. fashion,” as Lane Kiffin described it, and how that had embodied the vigor in U.S.C.’s resurgence. If U.S.C.’s dip — going 8-5 and then 10-2 in the past two seasons with no bowl games — was ever more than a hiccup, landing Redd offered some reprieve. And quite a tale.
In another step to lure top talent and to let blue-chippers know that USC is the place to showcase your football talent, head coach Lane Kiffin and the Trojans are now including twitter handles on player bio’s. This risky move is an apparent attempt to keep prospective players virtually connected to current players without breaking any recruiting violations.
In 2007, USC women’s soccer became the first-ever Pac-12 team to win an NCAA Championship. This weekend, the Trojans are back on a national stage as they become the first USC team to be broadcast live on the brand-new Pac-12 Networks.
You could arguably assert that the 1962 USC Trojans football team not only surprised a nation and won the mythical national championship, but they helped legendary coach John McKay from becoming a footnote
Lane Kiffin and USC have been on a recruiting roll this offseason and their current 2013 recruiting class is stocked with elite prospects. One of those prospects, however, might be keeping his options open. Defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes will take official visits to other schools prior to signing day, according to a report from Adam Gorney of Rivals.com.