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.
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