"At USC, we feel like right now, we're in a perfect storm with so many great things going on," Lane Kiffin began at Pac-12 Media Days.
That standard USC schedule will be a challenge, as will the sanction-induced lack of depth. "Our No. 1 concern is at running back," said Kiffin, and let's just assume that line was meant to reach the ears of Penn State back and potential transfer Silas Redd, who's been courted by the Trojans already. (It's so slim that incoming freshman receiver Nelson Agholor would play running back if the season started today, Kiffin claimed.)
Kiffin and USC have been the model for sanction recovery, turning a scholarship-deprived roster into a preseason No. 1. Asked for what advice he'd give Bill O'Brien, he described the process of possibly losing players as a major challenge. He declined to answer any questions about what USC sees in PSU's roster, saying, "they're just like high school kids."
Matt Barkley repeatedly described the season as "unfinished business," saying how excited he is to finally have a chance to play for a conference and national championship.