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Pac-12 Media Day: Lane Kiffin Confirms He Will Call Plays In 2013

Lane Kiffin took to the stage on Pac-12 Media Day and dropped an unexpected bombshell on those in attendance: he confirmed that he will retain offensive play-calling duties for the 2013 season.

“It’s in the best interest of our football team for me to call plays,” Kiffin said.

Flanked with linebacker Hayes Pullard and wide receiver Marqise Lee, Kiffin and his players fielded a number of questions pertaining to last season’s struggles, the ongoing quarterback battle and their outlook for the 2013 campaign.

But the most surprising revelation came when Kiffin said he intends to call plays again for the Trojans this year, something that will surely keep the USC community buzzing for days.

Kiffin is entering his fourth year as the head coach at USC, coming off one that saw the Trojans go from being the preseason favorite to win it all to being unbanked at the end of the season.

Many in attendance–and those watching the live stream and following along on Twitter–were surprised to learn Kiffin would still be the play-caller for the Trojans going forward this season, considering many fans and experts alike felt it was something Kiffin struggled greatly at last season. It had been speculated that Quarterbacks Coach Clay Helton would be the new signal-caller, as he took on those responsibilities when USC faced Georgia Tech in the Sun Bowl. In spite of that, the head coach says it is important for his players to continue developing in the same system that they have been in thus far in their careers.

While this decision may evoke groans from the Trojan Family, it is important to remember that Kiffin was also the play-caller in 2011, when the Trojans went 10-2 and won six of their final seven games.


What say you, Trojan Family? Do you agree with Kiffin’s decision? Vote in our Poll here:

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  • disqus_xP462HSYTt

    Of ALL the things he SHOULDN’T be doing..is calling the plays. If that’s the case SC should get another HC..Kiffin is NOT a ‘play caller’ and should have the honesty to know that…Next.

  • Thekatman

    For now, this decision is the best mode of action for the team’s success. When there’s a new HC, then that coach will have the option to hire a full time OC/playcaller. Kiffin will do much better this season than last. Remember folks, in 2011, Kiffin called plays and everyone was behind him, so the part time bandwagoneers will continue to bash CLK and Haden, but in the end…. you can be sure the parties that matter in these things have made their decision….. go with it, relax and enjoy a new season. In the end, everything will be settled.

  • Barry Catlett

    I guess it’s worth another crappy season – probably a REALLY crappy season – to get rid of Lame Kiffin. Most likely a .500 season and another backwater bowl, if any bowl at all. Haden needs to WAKE UP!

  • trojan lover

    Another lost year with klffen calling the plays. He needs to coach the team not be an offensive coordinator, a position he sucks at!

  • http://fansided.com/ Michael Castillo

    The biggest thing for me is that Kiffin said it was big for his relationship with his players to call plays. That’s interesting because that’s also the biggest reason for him *not* calling plays, as he’s appeared to isolate himself in the playbook and not delve into other team maters, especially on defense.

  • Connector

    I am still a Kiffin supporter, but, I totally disagree with his decision to call the plays. I think it is a huge mistake and will come back to bite him if it is another disappointing season. I also didn’t think that Clay Helton was the right guy for calling the plays. His play calling in the Sun Bowl didn’t impress.

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