Monte Kiffin knows pressure is on

The kids had to learn, but so did the old man.

The defensive nightmare of a year ago couldn't be wiped out until USC's frisky young players could adjust to a slightly hobbling, 71-year-old coaching legend's own revelations about his new job.

Monte Kiffin, the one-time guru of NFL defenses, has been forced to call a few audibles of his own since returning fulltime to college coaching.