An underwhelming season, a poor bowl performance, a woeful defense and multiple off-the-field hiccups have placed USC head coach Lane Kiffin on the hot season entering next season. Much will need to be changed withing the Trojans' program beyond the simple replacement of Kiffin's father, Monte, as defensive coordinator of the Trojans.
"...(Kiffin) does have to revive the sense of USC as one of the bullies of the Pacific time zone, which does not exist anymore for a program that's dropped four in a row against Stanford, three out of four to Oregon, two out of three to Notre Dame and its only game against UCLA under the Bruins' new head coach, Jim Mora, with a division title on the line," Matt Hinton of CBSSports.com wrote. "Less than five years removed from their seventh consecutive conference title, the Trojans aren't even feared in L.A. Until he reclaims his own backyard, at least, the clock on Kiffin's future will be ticking more loudly by the day."
The talent is in place at USC despite NCAA sanctions. The program is a much needed attitude adjustment for Kiffin and his program to retain his job past next season:
"Lane Kiffin can point to all the negativity at the start of spring practices. He can talk about how folks are writing off the Trojans. He may have his players' rapt attention while he speaks. But the real issue for Kiffin is the consistent quality of the day-to-day process of running his football team."