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It wasn't right for USC to take Lane Kiffin from you. You can have him back.
Bill Plaschke's column after the USC-UCLA game included the phrase "embarrassing 38-28 loss to UCLA."
Excuse me, but since when is losing to a far superior team an embarrassment? The rudderless and defenseless Men of Troy should be proud they were able to keep it that close. The Bruins dominated every phase of the game … but then they didn't spend the past few months reading about how invincible they were.
I am willing to give Pat Haden some slack if he is willing to tell us something good about Lane Kiffin. For nearly 40 years, we have all heard all how smart Haden is. If we are to continue to agree, why not spill the beans? Please explain how Lane Kiffin should keep his job. Please tell us that he is the best young coach in football and that he has been misunderstood. That this is the coach to lead SC out of sanctions and to the top of the polls. Give us anything, something.
But the fact is, there isn't anything. There is absolutely no good reason that Haden or anyone can give us. Pat Haden may be smarter than most of us, but I have my doubts because a smart man would never allow any of this to spiral out of control and not get the backing of the fans and alumni.
I am a math teacher, and there is no such thing as 150%. So, if Pat Haden says that there is a 150% chance Lane Kiffin comes back, that means that he received a ton of extra credit. I am not a Rhodes scholar, but seven wins and four losses translates into about 63%. Do the math, Pat.
After witnessing a USC team that was not prepared mentally or physically to begin the UCLA game in which the Rose Bowl was on the line, I sure hope that Pat Haden and J.K. McKay realize that the Peter Principle at USC in the name of Lane Kiffin needs to be ended.
Howard P. Cohen
What do 10-0, 21-3 and 24-0 have in common? Those are the first-half deficits USC has faced in recent weeks — all losses. I'm not sure USC is 55-3 bad, but the Trojans clearly aren't ready to play from the opening whistle. While Pat Haden says that Lane Kiffin is still learning, this is one lesson he better grasp fairly soon.
So I'm taking T.J. Haden's advice and I'm just gonna be patient and watch Lane Kiffin learn how to lead on the job. This should be even more fun than watching pigs learn how to fly.
Jack Von Bulow
What perfect poetic justice it was when, rather than using a sword, the Bruins culminated their decisive victory over the Trojans by sticking Matt Barkley into the Rose Bowl turf.
As a die-hard USC fan, after UCLA defeated USC on Saturday I spent an hour or so thinking: "Kiffin's gotta go, Kiffin's gotta go." Then it occurred to me, Kiffin didn't fumble the ball, he didn't throw the interceptions, and he didn't allow the kicks to be blocked. His players did, and that's what 18- to 22-year-old young men do from time to time in spite of their great talents. Kiffin is a good coach who employed a good game plan. The guys just didn't execute.
It also occurred to me that maybe it's good UCLA won, because a rivalry is not a rivalry if one team constantly wins.
As a Bruins fan, I would love to say, "Oh, how the mighty are fallen." But that would not be accurate. "Oh, how the mediocre are fallen" doesn't have the punch of the original, but at least it's accurate.
Win, lose or draw. Matt Barkley and the USC football team gave us four years of excitement. I don't know if Matt's injury will have him ready for a coming bowl game, but if not I wish him and the seniors the best in their future careers.
Joseph B. D. Saraceno
I forget who it was that deserves to be in the Heisman Trophy discussion. All I seem to recall is that he was one of the players in the backfield in the UCLA-USC game. And, after watching the game, I know that he does not play for the Trojans.
When Brett Hundley first set foot on the UCLA campus he was recognized by a coed. She reportedly ask him, "Are you our savior"? Now she has the answer.
I know it is too early to ask for a Christmas present, but if Santa hates the BCS as much as I do he should give the BCS the following piece of coal for being naughty all these years: USC beats Notre Dame, Florida State beats Florida and Georgia Tech beats Georgia, which then beats Alabama in the SEC championship game. If this situation comes to pass I don't know if the world will end in December of 2012 but the BCS surely will be staring Armageddon in the face.
Brian L. Schall