So the Trogan PR machine trotted out Hello Kiffin to offset the firestorm of negative publicity the Man-Boy, puppet coach has generated since he high tailed out of Knoxville. I am guessing they are thinking that a well coordinated media blitz (already Q&As with lots of softball questions up on tWWL and the OC Register) will humanize the sleaziest figure in all of college football.
Q: Speaking of which, the USC-UCLA rivalry is obviously a big deal. When the coaching change happened, Rick Neuheisel said the landscape had shifted, intimating the Bruins had an opening. Do you see it the same way?
Kiffin: I don’t know how he really sees it, and I really don’t worry about it. If I could paint a picture of an 18-hour day here, (you’d see) how little we ever talk about Rick Neuheisel or UCLA. We don’t consume ourselves with that. We’re worried about ourselves. We’re worried about getting our own players better. We’re worried about next year, about how can we sign a No. 1 recruiting class again. He’s done great things over there. We’re just focused on ourselves.
I am sure Kiffin and Ogre didn't spend any time talking about UCLA, when they tried to put on a full court press to go after Jordan Zumwalt (and then settling on Pullard without realizing CRN had already reeled in Josh Shirley), Cassius Marsh, Dietrich Riley and other Bruin recruits in the closing days. I am sure getting PWNed on closing day (can break out the Snoop Dog card for only so many recruits Dad) had nothing to do with now infamous "10 minute rule" sounding bitter about UCLA.
Hello Kiffin also sounds clueless when talking about recruiting:
Q: You and Pete seem to share the recruiting gene. Are you going to continue to recruit nationally, focus more on Southern California or both?
Kiffin: There’s a system that we used to have that’s pretty easy. Keep the good players home; don’t let them go somewhere where you’re going to play against them. And then go out and find great players around the country to add to them. We’re going to concentrate on California, and Southern California specifically. But we’re always going to go outside to get great players.
Funny to hear about Kiffin talking up the idea of keeping "good players home." The problem for him is in his first recruiting head to head battle, more kids stayed at home to play for UCLA than his scandal tainted program at Southern Cal.
Of course no one around the country is taking this clown seriously. We have already seen some intellectually honest Trojans who haven't been all that impressed. It will be interesting to see how Kiffin can hold together his "base" if and when he gets exposed as a Dorrellian (the difference here is of course Dorrell is a decent guy) head coach.