Once under pressure himself, Rich Neuheisel explains what Lane Kiffin is doing
Posted by: Pete Roussel on Thursday September 12, 2013
PAC-12 Networks analyst Rick Neuheisel was under intense scrutiny a couple of years ago as the UCLA head coach, so he can relate to what Lane Kiffin is experiencing right now.
Neuheisel shared his thoughts this morning with Colin Cowherd on ESPN Radio.
Neuheisel said, “From the outside looking in, there’s no question it is serious. The people that hold USC football on their mantel are not going to take a 10-7 loss to Washington State lightly. But I can tell you having lived through the hot seat place that Lane finds himself that that’s not what you think about.
“All Lane is concerning himself with right now is finding a way to fix the problem. I don’t mean to be insensitive, but when you listen to the recordings of a black box after a plane accident, you hear a very calm pilot going through almost everything he can to save the day rather than the impending doom. That’s what Lane is doing. He’s trying to figure out how to save the day.”
Earlier this week, Kiffin named Cody Kessler as the Trojans’ starting quarterback.
Neuheisel said, “He’s done the right thing by naming a quarterback. Once he did that, now he can go about building an offense around the skill set. To me, that’s all that’s going on right now. This, in some ways, is exciting for coaches because you’re getting ready to do that something no one believes is possible.
“I think it is possible given the talent that exists at SC. I’m excited for Lane and I’m excited for the Trojans. They’ve got a defense that gets back the ball; they’ve already had 7 turnovers in two weeks and 11 sacks. They’ve got skill that can make big plays. They just have to learn how to throw it down the field and have a counter punch for what looks like can be a promising run game. Tre Madden has over 200 yards rushing in two weeks against defenses that knew what they were going to do.”
Neuheisel concluded, “This is not by any means undoable. This is possible. Hopefully for those at USC, it can get done.”
USC hosts Boston College at Saturday night. You can see my prediction of this game along with 15 others, right here.