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Lane Kiffin dealing with world's longest injury list

A year ago, due to low squad numbers, Lane Kiffin decided to significantly reduce the amount of tackling the Trojans did during practice. USC absolutely couldn’t afford to lose anyone due to injuries.

As a result, poor tackling showed up mightily in the early part of the season.

This year, Kiffin made the decision to return to more of the physical types of practices that USC was accustomed to during the Pete Carroll era.

The result has been a ridiculously long injury list.  

As usual, Kiffin began his Friday post-practice media session by going through the injury list.  His first words were, “Okay. Continuing to mount…”

In fact, Kiffin ran through a list of 18 players that are either OUT or currently injured.

A reporter even asked, “If you had this many guys out last fall, could you have practiced?”

Kiffin said, “Probably not. We’re getting thin, but it’s the decision we made with the direction to go.  We’ll fight through it and get them back eventually.”

Take a minute to listen to Lane’s opening comments.  It makes us wonder what the Trojans are doing at practice to accumulate all of these injuries.  It seems abnormally higher than most other college programs.

Todd Graham: We've been running a play every 17 seconds

During his four years as the Tulsa head coach, Todd Graham's teams averaged over 40 points per game three different seasons.  Starting in 2007, the Golden Hurricanes averaged 41, 47, 29, and 41 points per game.

Make no mistake about it, Graham is serious about high octane football.

Just how serious?  If you google the words “Pitt football,” the search will lead you to HighOctaneFootball.com, which is the now the official website for Pitt football.

Alright, that might not be the biggest deal or most convincing evidence, but what about this quote from Graham following Saturday’s practice:

"We’ve been running a play every 17 seconds in team (period).  That’s down from every 22 seconds in the spring.  We want to be around 10 to 12 seconds.  So we’re getting better with our tempo."

Dude is definitely serious about high octane football.

UPDATE: South Carolina defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson has just puked.

Chad Morris: They came out here pretty full of themselves

Clemson offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach Chad Morris wasn’t too pleased with the Tigers’ offense during Saturday’s scrimmage.

Morris explained, “I think they came out here pretty full of themselves.  Not nearly what I wanted.  As an offensive staff, not nearly what we wanted.  I thought we let some of the elements get to us.  We got a little soft.  We were out of rhythm.  Part of that is the first scrimmage.  The other part of that is some of our veteran guys aren’t cuttin’ it right now, not like I want to see.  They better step it up.”

“We’re turning the ball over.  Turning it over in the red zone.”

“We can’t give an illusion at all that we’ve arrived because we ain’t done nothing yet.”

“I thought our tempo was okay. I thought we got tired because of the heat, then we slowed down.”

“When you turn the ball over in the red zone, it’s totally unacceptable.”

“We did do some good things.  Don’t get me wrong. Hey, it’s alright.  We’re going to go back to work on Monday.”

Clemson will host Troy in the season-opener on Saturday, September 3rd.

Jon Gruden talking about his old buddy

In case you are watching the Chargers / Seahawks game, you probably heard Jon Gruden talking about Chargers new special teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia.

The Chargers were nothing short of horrendous a year ago on special teams.  So in the off-season, Norv Turner went out and hired Bisaccia away from the Tampa Bay Bucs.

Bisaccia had been with the Bucs since 2001, where he won a Super Bowl with Jon Gruden.

Before that, Bisaccia was the special teams coordinator / running backs coach at Ole Miss when this happened:

"Kickoff" from Ole Miss Rebels on Vimeo.

The video was recently produced by the Ole Miss athletic department in order to help lure fans to the stadium before kick-off starts.  Good looking girls, booze, and something called The Grove have traditionally led to a late arriving crowd at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.

Coincidently, the return occured against current Ole Miss head coach Houston Nutt, who was the head coach at Arkansas at the time.

Ole Miss wants to change that tradition this year.

Western Michigan coach Bill Cubit channels his inner Rex Ryan

Western Michigan head coach Bill Cubit stepped to the microphone today and didn’t mince words.

To an extent, Cubit’s inner Rex Ryan emerged.

Cubit said, "It's our time. I think it's our time to go out there and go get it done."

"The MAC, that'll be a disappointment if they don't win the MAC. That's how we all feel. Some years you can't say it, because you're really missing some pieces. I don't think we're missing pieces, I really don't."

Hey coach, what about the boys from Central Michigan that keep giving y’all trouble?

"That elephant in the room, we see it. Hey, we've got to go out and win. We all know what's going on. We're challenging these guys, we're challenging the coaches. We're doing everything we can to rectify that thing there."

Western Michigan opens in the Big House against Michigan.  According to the official WMU site, the Broncos return home the following week to host “Nicholls.”  We assume that’s Nicholls State, as in the Colonels from Thibodaux, Louisiana.

Cubit is hoping his offense will make plays like this:

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