Here's the tweet.
I official de-committed from USC #WideOpen
I kinds feel bad for Lane at this point hahahahahahahahahanope.
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Can we sticky this?
Between JeepinBen's writing and the comments, they cover a good bit of ground for stuff like that.
Always keep this handy.
That's awesome, and the first time I've seen that.
This is a video of the150th anniversary of the Glee Club, correct? My Dad is in this video. What a great group to be a part of.
They're down to 13 commits and three of them are soft verbals. At this point, I feel sorry for the kids who are still planning on going there.
Don't feel too sorry for them. Those 13 commits are (according to Rivals) six 5* and seven 4* recruits. They could fill out the class with 2-3* types that they steal from WAC schools at the last minute and it would still be a pretty damn good class.
Yes, or they could all go to any other school in the country if they want to. Never feel bad for people who have tons of great options because they decided to choose one of the bad ones.
They're not stuck there. These kids are either at SC because they really want to be, or they won't be when all is said and done. In either case, I wouldn't feel bad for them.
No matter how talented they are, they're still teenagers who have been bamboozled into spending their college years under the tutelage of Lane Kiffin.
Everyone needs impactful players at the rush end positions.
Wow, so that leaves them with 13 committed including 5 EE. How many commits did USC have at its peak this year?
COME B THE NEXT TERRELL SUGGZ
on a Louisville blog real soon....
Thought he was high on UK? Didn't he just recently visit there?
You could be right, and that'd be great for them, but I've heard that Hatcher really likes Mark Stoops. Kentucky is one to watch in this one.
I agree. He's good friends with James Quick who's going to Louisville.
It appears he visited Kentucky on 1/11, will visit Florida on 1/25 and will visit Louisville on 2/2.
The USC Decommittment All-Star Team has to be approaching top-10 on Rivals by now.
Right up there with Auburn
I bet they're above Auburn, and Auburn missed a bowl and fired their coach (although you could argue that USC "missed" their bowl as well). USC has lost 2 5 stars, and three four stars now? Or is it more than that? Let's make a list and compare.
Kudos for the obscure reference to one of my favorite Family Guy moments!
Self destructing as anyone with a brain could have predicted.
Or Al Davis circa 2008.
Either Kentucky or Louisville would be a good choice. He can play for Mark Stoops or Charlie Strong.
When are we going to see Leon McQuay decommits from USC and commits to Michigan?
He can't - he's already enrolled.
Well then he should just transfer to UM after the first semester. Seems easy enough to me.
WOW USC's in a world of hurt. You know your in trouble when your own dad decommits!
My question is how does Kiffin get these guys in the first place? It's like he can cast a spell on anyone he meets but it wears off in 6 months.
Most coaches at big-time programs are older guys who have been around and paid their dues. Kiffin is kind of a golden boy who has had a lot handed to him at a young age. Maybe he's just not ready. He didn't last long in Oakland, booked from Tennessee after one season, and hasn't lit the world on fire at USC.
And to think I thought Al David did him wrong when he fired him...I apologize Al.
His departure IIRC was pretty messy with Al Davis unloading on him publicly.
It's the last good personnel move that Al Davis ever made.
Its like breaking up with a girl that you know is good looking, but bores the snot out of you...trying to break up with her in person never works, but when you're apart its a lot easier to follow through.
He could hone his skills, maybe play in a BCS for UL and never cross paths with UM.
Maybe I'm out of the loop, and apologies if this is a stupid question, but what's going on at USC that all of these commits are backing out? Is it just the disappointing season they had, or something bigger?
Kids can see through the BS. Maybe yet were lied to or mislead. Maybe they see some writing on the wall. Whatever it is, I'm glad some kids have the courage to follow their instincts. To hell with Kiffin.
How many spots were they supposed to have available in this class? It always seemed like they were expecting some decommits...
USC was the preseason #1 team, they were coming off a 10-2 season that finished strong, and they have the USC brand so they started the recruiting season on fire. It looked at that point like SC was back to being SC, which is basically Alabama but in Southern California.
Then SC lost to every good team they played (plus Arizona), Kiffin made himself look like an ass a few extra times along the way, and they imploded against 6-7 Georgia Tech in the Sun Bowl after not even showing up to the Sun Bowl team dinner. They then lost their NFL DC (who was a big recruiting draw in his own right) and replaced him with a guy from Cal who is pretty good but far less impressive.
Now they have a coach on the hottest of seats, and a program presumably headed in the opposite direction it appeared to be 365 days ago. These kids have lots of options, and many of them are choosing to head elsewhere.
Says a lot that many are giving a hard look at ND after the season ND had.
about Kiffin's exit after next year? Haden gave him a vote of confidence for next year, but can't see him lasting longer even at 9-3 or so.
Swirling is an understatement. SC alums are really pissed, and some feel that Kiffin was only kept for the recruiting class, which is now falling apart. Kiffin will have to put together a very good season to keep his job, and that might be tough with a first year starter at QB who didn't look very good in limited time this past fall. They have talent, but they're very thin at a lot of spots, so injuries might play a huge role for them this fall.
I actually started rooting for USC to keep him another year so he could slowly twist in the wind while the boosters and alums pelt him.
Firing would be too humane.
the RichRod treatment, but in Southern Cal.
Or have they already gone through that?
This class is year 2 of 3 of the reduction. So they're facing it now, but it won't show up on the field as much this fall, but really the two years after that.
there was a semi-brawl in the locker room after the bowl debacle.
It's a dumpster fire, and I bet that many of the kids with no direct geographical or family/friend ties to USC are going to be nervously looking at their options.
Even if you have geographical ties, you now have UCLA to consider. They beat USC and played in the Pac-12 title game in their first year under Mora. That's a team on the rise.
Timing is everything... Dantonio benefitted from the RR interregnum, Schembechler benefitted from the horrible decline of every conference school other than OSU, and Mora is going to reap the benefits of Kiffin being Kiffin.
I wonder when Kiffin's trophy wife is going to realize she's hooked to a guy on the downside and dump his ass for some other guy on the way up.
I completely agree with your first paragraph. As for your second, Kiffin's still raking in huge dollars, and she's not getting any younger. Sure she's hot, but she's in her upper 30s with kids, and he's a millionaire football coach. She'd have a hard time replacing him, but there are tons of hot blondes in LA who would love to replace her.
heh... you're right. I'd be shocked if Kiffikins hasn't been getting busy on the side all along anyhow. He's got a face that simply radiates "I'll screw anything that's available."
He'll screw anything, he doesn't care if she's available.
as in Kiffin is a bigger douchebag than just about any FBS coach.
After he decommitted from SC, he had interest in UM. He looked like a Steve Breaston type playmaker in the all American game. Anybody know what happened with him?
Was supposed to visit ND this weekend but is no longer. He had a conditional offer from ND and looks like those conditions weren't met or ND has moved on. Probably both at this point.
He visisted Texas A&M this past weekend. I have no idea no they still have room for him since their class is currently at 32. My guess is there might be some non-qualifiers in that bunch.
That was the best class I had ever seen for 18 spots....
are going to be the only ones left in the class. The mcquay thing still baffles me.
Eh, his is probably the least baffling, really. He was a kid who always put non-football factors at the forefront of his recruiting, so it's no surprise that on-field performance and a coach on the hot seat would affect him less than other recruits.
after this season, i don't see how any kid could want to play for kiffin. minus a pac 12 championship and rose bowl/national title victory, i'd be shocked if kiffin still had his job next year. they've got a lot of talent but if they start losing again, he will not be able to keep that locker room together.
Kiffin will be there as long as there are sanctions. As soon as those schollie limits are up, he'll be out
Kid should be a Louisville Lock
So a 4* guy decommits, but what are the odds he will soon be miraculously replaced by a 5* guy? In other words, what or who is the impetus behind this? I'll only be able to enjoy these USC decommitments if Kiffin doesn't somehow find anyone to replace the guys who are forced out, I mean, guys who back out.
What are the odds? Really low. Since their decommit-apalooza, they've only had one "replacement" and that was McQuay. But he wasn't really a replacement, he was just a guy who was going to go there anyway. But they were at 18 commits, and now they're at 13. The biggest problem is that they were low on DL to begin with and have now lost three very good ones (one of which is a 5 star) and are left with 1 DT and 1 DE, this one year after taking only 3 DL (all DEs). Just as bad, they only have 2 OL in this class after taking 3 last year, and one of them might be looking elsewhere.
Are the SC alums more pissed about the losing or the unethical/poor behavior? Deflated balls, wrong jersey number, pulling the rug on recruits, Sun Bowl brawl, etc....
SC fans, by and large, don't care about that stuff as much as Michigan fans do. If they were winning like they were 8 years ago, they wouldn't care about it at all. If Pete Carroll did that stuff, they wouldn't care. But because they aren't winning, that stuff gets brought up. But they are way more pissed about the losing.
That said, I think Pat Haden cares about all that stuff, winning or not. He's a pretty stand up guy (a guy I'd be happy to have as our AD) so that doesn't help Lane out much.
the mystery is why Haden has been so supportive of Kiffin. The two are total opposites, Haden is a classy guy who has achieved much in his life. Kiffin-not so much. The "lets keep him because he can recruit" notion is crazy-any good coach can recruit at USC. why Haden hasn't jettisoned this guy is a puzzle.
From my sources on planet Cornu, USC is waiting out the sanctions, and then will let Kiffin go. Christopher Petersen and co. will take over the reigns and re-establish USC as west coast power.
From Cornu, with love.
He's the fall guy, to use the parlance of our times, which is why he was hired in the first place. Easily dismissed when the time is right.
Kiffin and USC both are taking each other for the proverbial ride.
He and his young trophy wife in the parlance of our times. It's about the money man.
I have quite a few SC friends and they are saying the same thing. They don't seem very happy with Lane and I think he is on a short leash this year. Haden is a smart guy and nobody can seem to figure out why he backed so publicly this year.
Yeah, most of my friends are a little perplexed that Haden has backed him so fervently, but the most common opinion is what has been said here already - that he's riding Kiffin out through the sanctions. If he lets on that that's his plan, shit will hit the fan. So he's behind him publicly so that the fans/alums don't freak out and so the next guy has as much talent as possible. Not a bad move, really, if that's his plan.
Thanks for the info. I guess I should've specified that I'm expecting some USC hats to be put on come signing day. But then again, perhaps Kiffin is just that much of a douche that these kids are actually bailing of their own volition. Can't blame them.
USC has 11 players in the rivals top 100. Michigan currently has 2 with 1 more likely.
Hatcher is barely dust in the wind for that class.
Let's all deal in facts. Bagging in USC's recruiting, regardless of the likability of their coach, makes everybody on here look lame.
I don't think anyone is bagging the class as a whole, just the fact that they keep losing guys (and more are still thinking about it). Their class is talented, no doubt, but it's small, and lopsided position-wise. SC is going to have 5-star DBs riding pine while their d-linemen are sucking wind because they have no subs.
Remember, some of those guys are going to get in trouble, flunk out, bust, or get injured. That happens. A couple years ago, USC had three "can't-miss" guys in Kyle Prater, Dillon Baxter and Markeith Ambles, all 5-stars. Prater was in the injury/bust category (and is now at NW, not seeing the field), Baxter was in the trouble category and is not playing football and Ambles is in the flunk out category and played JUCO this past fall. Quality is important, but quantity is as well and they don't have any of that.
Who the hell is bagging on USC's recruiting? We all know that USC is completely stacked, or has been until very recently. All of these comments are about the clusterfuck that is Lane Kiffin. It's not his recruiting that's in question—it's his ability to retain his recruits.
After Kiffin's shenanigans with Tennesee, it seems like Karma is indeed a bad tempered woman. Kiffin's not as bad as Tuberville in that department, but he definitely has created an aura of being a douche around him.
some Lane Kiffin tears
By the way, Hatcher re-committed to USC the other day.