The mighty USC Trojans have fallen by the wayside since being voted the number one team last season. The college football world was told that the losing from last year was over and they are ready to turn the page to a new season. However, after two games and another unexplainable loss to Washington State, USC can’t even get their story straight about a players only meeting. On Wednesday September 11, CBSsports.com breaks down the timeline on what could become a volatile situation quickly.
On Saturday night after the loss, Lee told the reporters that the players will come in on Sunday, and figure things out for themselves. It’s not a bad thing for the players to work to improve. The coaches can’t do everything, and they can’t be on the field.
Yet by Sunday evening, Lane Kiffin told reporters, there was no meeting that took place.
By Tuesday, Marqise Lee told the Los Angeles Daily News that there in fact was a meeting. In a direct quote by Lee, “Kiffin don’t know” “Players only. Players. Kiffin don’t know nothing about it. No coaches. We did have that meeting.”
Earlier today defensive end, Devon Kennard, if there was a meeting, I wasn’t there.” That very well may be true. There could be a players only meeting without all the players involved in the meeting. Maybe it was only the offense that met on Sunday. They gave up as many points as they scored on Saturday.
Soon after, Lee tweeted that it wasn’t a “players only meeting“, but it was more like a get together.
While a team meeting wouldn’t be a bad sign for Lane Kiffin, the blatant miscommunication does not look for good for the staff or the players. It’s more likely that USC did have a meeting, but Kiffin wants the appearance that nothing is wrong with the program. Well, you scored seven points with Marqise Lee in your lineup. That feels like something wrong.