USC Football: Five Things We Learned From USC vs. UCLA Game

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4. Lane Kiffin’s Lack Of Identity Is Reflected In The Team

For as much as Lane Kiffin is labeled the bad boy in college football, he really is a hard one to pin down. He has no real personality with the media, doesn’t raise his voice or show any kind emotion, and he is passionless on the sideline, often standing with his face buried in the play chart utterly unfazed by what is going on in the game. It’s hard to really classify him as anything because in three years he has yet to make his coaching persona clear. Sometimes he is brilliant, leading USC to a 10-2 season, and other times he is baffling, being responsible for one of the most epic collapses in Trojan history. This lack of identity has trickled down to the team and the players look just as dejected and disinterested as he does. They had no energy, no drive, and no heart to beat UCLA, and it showed. He coaches as if, frankly, he does not care, and the team is mirroring that on the field. Kiffin told the media after the loss that he will definitely be returning in 2013, so it looks like Trojan fans are stuck with him, for now. But if he wants the fire under his butt to simmer down, he will need to define not only himself, but the kind of team he intends to coach..

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