LOS ANGELES -- Cody Kessler has done everything right. He had the best spring practice of all the quarterbacks. He had the best spring game. He even had the best post-spring game interview.
He deserves to be listed No. 1 on the USC depth chart at this point. But he is not.
Like his predecessor, Pete Carroll, Lane Kiffin talks all the time about the "open competition" for jobs on this team. But again, like Carroll, it seems some of it is not as open as it appears.