The 2013 football season at USC was an ever evolving drama, highlighted by the airport firing of then head coach Lane Kiffin. Nearly a year later, the Trojans are enjoying a preseason without any off-the-field stress, and under the tutelage of new head coach Steve Sarkisian.
On Wednesday afternoon at Pac-12 Media Day, junior defensive end Leonard Williams discussed how the stability of a new head coach has improved the locker room dynamic.“Stability is very important for us,” said Williams during his media scrum.
Sarkisian was appointed back in early December and with the school administration said to be championing his hire, all signs point toward the Torrance native staying at USC for the long haul.
Williams and company couldn’t be happier with the new-found comfort.
“Playing last year under Coach [Lane] Kiffin, we heard rumors that he might get fired and stuff like that,” said Williams. “It was really hard for us to fight for a guy that we don’t know if he’s going to be here tomorrow.”
“Having a guy like Coach Sark where he’s a great guy, everybody loves him and we know that he’s going to be here for a while, helps us fight for him because we know that he’s going to be there for us.”
It’s yet another piece of evidence to the fact that Kiffin had lost the team going into a shocking 62-41 loss to Arizona State in Tempe.
The good thing for Sarkisian, is that he couldn’t have handpicked a better situation to walk into given the derailing of the Kiffin roller coaster the program went through a year ago.