Posted: 9:00 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013
By Avinash Kunnath
What will be your fondest memory of the Lane Kiffin era at USC?
Josh Schlichter, Pacific Takes: The sprinting timeouts have to be my favorite Kiffin memories, especially when USC would get a delay of game or blunder miserably after the timeout.
David Piper, Addicted To Quack: I mean, how can it not be losing to a Washington State team that didn't score an offensive touchdown? The sheer ineptitude of the performance was comic gold.
Sean Reynolds,Block U: I don't really have one.
Jason Bartel, AZ Desert Swarm: Oh, easily it's losing in Tucson last year despite Marqise Lee having somewhere around a billion receiving yards in that game. Although watching him after the Sun Bowl last year look so uncomfortable with Max Wittek next to him at the posgtame press conference, and then having Bill Plaschke chase him down afterwards in the hallway was pretty great.
Jack Follman, Pacific Takes: Taking USC up to Eugene and knocking the Ducks out of the national title picture in 2011. For just a brief period of time there, it looked like Kiffin had the Trojans back, but then couldn't hang onto the momentum in 2012.
Adam Butler, Pac Hoops: The anticipation of the Neuheisel-Kiffin handshake after that 0-50 drubbing. I'm fascinated by that mandatory shake and what it looks and sounds like. I ask "what's your deal" an inordinate amount and from about the third quarter onward I wanted to see it. It was ultimately anti-climactic (such things usually are) but the wealth of what it could be was wonderful.
And everything that game meant and signified across the sport. It was the crowning moment of the NCAA's misguided punishments and it worked out quite glowingly for the now fallen program. As it were, it appears the NCAA got their wish.
Trevor Wong, Conquest Chronicles: USC defeating Oregon, 38-35, in Autzen Stadium. The Trojans snapped the longest home winning streak in the nation that night, but of course, it wasn't without some drama. I remember Marc Tyler fumbling the ball with USC, and my heart just dropped. I remember being on the field, right under the goal post when Alejandro Maldonado missed the potential game-tying field goal. It was probably one of the most exciting USC football games I've seen. Unfortunately, that team was not eligible for a bowl game, but if they were, I can confidently say the Trojans could have gone neck-and-neck with anybody in the nation considering how they finished the season.
Phil Fraser, Ralphie Report: Getting fired. I never had much respect for Kiffin, other than his ability to fail upward, which I look up to. But when he pulled a stunt against Colorado by putting the punter's number on the backup QB, he made me hate him for life. CU was clearly out of its league; there's simply no need to pull such cheap (and illegal) nonsense. I don't mind opponent's running up the score (yes I do) if they just run the offense and score, but that was a bridge too far. Despicable.