Since the football season concluded in December, USC Trojans head coach Lane Kiffin has been busy clearing house, making room for coaches that he feels could help get USC back on course.
His first action was to see his father, Monte Kiffin, resign after a disastrous defensive effort in 2012. Kiffin replaced him with former Cal d Defensive Coordinator, Clancy Pendergast, who brings a fresh, versatile scheme that is proven against the spread is in increasingly popular with the Trojan athletes.
With that taken care of, Kiffin has begun looking into something many thought he would never do, but hoped he would all the same–looking into bringing in an offensive coordinator for the Trojans, one that can call plays.
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This choice has not come without controversy, as the desired outcome has resulted in the Trojans’ losing one of the most beloved coaches on staff, Kennedy Polamalu. The former Trojan held the title of Running Backs Coach and Offensive Coordinator, though he carried none of the responsibilities that the latter might entail.
Per a source close to the program that we talked to this past week, Kiffin seeks an offensive coordinator with proven in-game, decision-making skills, something that Kiffin felt Polamalu did not have.
It might come as a surprise–albeit a welcome one–that Kiffin is open to relinquishing play-calling responsibilities, but our source indicates that Kiffin now wants to turn his attention to bonding with his players and handling football operations. By juggling both responsibilities, Kiffin largely succeeded at neither.
In order to ‘bond’ more with his players, Kiffin has hosted more team-building activities of late, including a barbecue at the Kiffin house.
Now, whether Kiffin actually goes through with giving up the play chart has yet to be determined, but if he does, the Trojans could have the kind of leadership during games that many thought this squad lacked in 2012. The college football world will all have to wait and see, however.