If USC coaches and players were looking for a way to blow up their phones and take advantage of an unlimited texting plan, they found it by beating the No. 5 Stanford Cardinal on Saturday night and ending a four-year losing streak to the rivals from the north. After the 20-17 win, texts began to pour in.
Interim head coach Ed Orgeron told the media during his Sunday night teleconference that he received a ton of congratulatory text messages. They came from players he’s coached like Kenechi Udeze and Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, USC greats Anthony Muñoz and Marcus Allen, and his old boss, Pete Carroll.
Orgeron wasn’t the only one to get texts, as the players got their share too. The most intriguing text however came from an all too familiar number.
Former USC head coach Lane Kiffin text messaged multiple players after the game to congratulate them personally. According to one player on the USC offense, Kiffin’s text read as the following: “I’m proud of you guys. I’m happy for you and I love you.”
Kiffin was fired following USC’s 62-41 loss to Arizona State on September 28th, but expressed his faith in the Trojans this week, when he told ESPN’s Colin Cowherd that he thought they’d beat Stanford, Colorado and UCLA to finish the season.
The Trojans are a third of the way through Kiffin’s prediction, and will get their chance to continue for a trio of wins on Saturday in Boulder.