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Kiffin thinks lawsuit motivated by location
With a full coaching staff in place, Kiffin’s biggest concern about the Trojans’ sanctions revolves around the unintended consequences of the NCAA bylaw that allows players to leave USC at any point without losing or postponing eligibility.
The coach believes it amounts to free agency, and he questions whether the bylaw can be used to punish his program in ways that weren’t intended. He worries USC’s coaches must use extreme caution to avoid angering players who might transfer if they’re sent to run laps.
“There’s no cut-off date,” Kiffin said. “To me, there’s no cut-off date until the last add-drop date at the school that’s trying to recruit them. It’s a difficult situation.”
Yet the half-dozen players who have left USC _ not counting Seantrel Henderson, the offensive line recruit who backed out of his commitment after the sanctions _ all did so to get more playing time elsewhere, Kiffin said, not because of the Trojans’ two-year bowl ban.
Kiffin is proud he managed to keep receiver Brandon Carswell, who was set to transfer to Cincinnati. Kiffin said he “begged” Carswell to stay for another year to finish the five classes for his degree.
“SC speaks for itself in most kids’ minds,” Kiffin said.
Kiffin hasn’t thought much about running down the Coliseum tunnel for the Trojans’ home opener against Virginia on Sept. 11, but he’s confident USC still has the talent to be a force on the West Coast despite the sanctions.
“We’d love to get off to a great start,” Kiffin said, “because of the perception out there that SC is going to crumble.”
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