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Pressure on Haden to keep pressure on Kiffin

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08:09 AM ET 01.29 | Over breakfast at a Pasadena hotel, Pat Haden recently took the occasion to explain his longer view of USC athletics. Haden, who recently turned 60, knows that 2013 may define his term in office. The coach in question is the 800-pound [Lane Kiffin] in the room. Haden cannot ignore it. ... Toward the end of breakfast, Haden turned philosophical. USC has to stand for something more than Saturdays ... "What does winning mean?" Haden asked in an unguarded moment. "At the end of the day all of our coaches are in the winning business, but it's not entirely, entirely, entirely tied to numbers on the scoreboard. It has to be something bigger or else we're kidding ourselves."

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January 29, 2013  08:39 AM ET

What else is new?

January 29, 2013  08:50 AM ET

Although, the numbers on the scoreboard, actually are a big deal Pat.

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January 29, 2013  09:10 AM ET

Already Kiffin has Haden muttering to himself. It IS about the W's Pat, don't fool yourself looking for some deeper meaning... that's called rationalization.

January 29, 2013  09:11 AM ET
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Not to mention Kiffin seems to always say and do the wrong thing. I didn't think Kiffin would make it past year 3...I thought Haden was a great hire for USC...it doesn't seem to be the case...

I still like the Haden hire. Our next basketball coach, and how Lane does next year, will be key. The tank job we pulled this year, hides the fact that Lane did a hell of a job getting us to 10 wins a year ago. He deserves the chance to get things right this year. If he does, then he stays, if not, then hello Jack Del Rio.

January 29, 2013  09:44 AM ET

It's never a good thing for the coach when the AD starts getting philosophical.

January 29, 2013  10:03 AM ET
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I still like the Haden hire. Our next basketball coach, and how Lane does next year, will be key. The tank job we pulled this year, hides the fact that Lane did a hell of a job getting us to 10 wins a year ago. He deserves the chance to get things right this year. If he does, then he stays, if not, then hello Jack Del Rio.

As a long time Jags fan, I am stunned you'd want Del Rio. Kiffin is a moron. Del Rio isn't far behind.

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January 29, 2013  10:41 AM ET

IMO, this season is do or die for LK!! If USC finishes at 9-4 or better, LK will not be fired!!!

January 29, 2013  10:57 AM ET
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But this year was suppose to be THE year before the next two down years due to roster limitations. Though the conference schedule is much easier this year with no Oregon and Stanford at home.

Yeah well it wasn't. Just like all the years with Weis patrolling your sidelines were supposed to be THE years. Just because our numbers are down, doesn't mean we will lack talent. It will make things tougher, doesn't mean we can't win games. We still can. With the right coach of course.

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January 29, 2013  11:12 AM ET
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As a long time Jags fan, I am stunned you'd want Del Rio. Kiffin is a moron. Del Rio isn't far behind.

You being a longtime jags fan, makes me question your sensibility just a bit.

January 29, 2013  11:21 AM ET
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And that's why the fat man got canned. 2009 was suppose to be "THE" year, we went 6-6, he got the ax. The problem with the numbers is for a 3rd straight season there will be limited contact during spring/fall practice plus there is no wiggle room with the depth chart. You return a ton of starters but how old is the two deep?

The only place we are thin this coming year is DB. Everywhere else we have depth. Some of it is young if course. Don't forget, our 10-2 year, our starting LB's were all freshmen.

January 29, 2013  11:21 AM ET
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And that's why the fat man got canned. 2009 was suppose to be "THE" year, we went 6-6, he got the ax. The problem with the numbers is for a 3rd straight season there will be limited contact during spring/fall practice plus there is no wiggle room with the depth chart. You return a ton of starters but how old is the two deep?

The first two years of Brian Kelly at Notre Dame, wasn't all "peaches and cream" either!!!

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January 29, 2013  11:29 AM ET

If I knew how to do that popcorn picture thing, I would. Time to sit back and watch USC vs ND.

January 29, 2013  11:32 AM ET
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No but he didn't inherit a Matt Barkley. He got straddled with Dayne Crist and his bionic knee and Tommy "Noodle Arm" Rees. The career arc of Matt Barkley and Jimmy Clausen are frightfully similar.

Good point, but Barkley didn't do all that well against ND the last two years!!!!! :-)

January 29, 2013  11:34 AM ET
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If I knew how to do that popcorn picture thing, I would. Time to sit back and watch USC vs ND.

LOL, actually it will be very interesting to see where ND and USC finishes this year.

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