UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. — Finally free of a two-year bowl ban, USC coach Lane Kiffin today said he sympathized with punishment meted out to Penn State on Monday.
Every single PSU player is allowed to transfer without penalty; under Kiffin two years ago, juniors and seniors were permitted to depart after the school was punished for the Reggie Bush scandal.
“I think that going through what we went through, you realize how hard it is to deal with,” Kiffin said today at Pac-12 Media Day at Gibson Amphitheatre near Universal Studios. “Like everyone else, we’re recruiting high school players. But now we have to recruit our own players to stay.”
Kiffin would not comment about Silas Redd, a PSU running back who has been linked to the Trojans. Redd could help the national champion contenders greatly. Kiffin said today that “our No. 1 concern is our running back position.”
The six Pac-12 South coaches — along with two players per school — spoke during the morning. Among them was new Bruins boss Jim Mora, who, when asked about the USC rivalry, said “my concern is UCLA.”
Todd Graham, Arizona State’s new head coach, said he was tickled to return to Camp Tontazona, where his players won’t have cell phone service or friends and family to distract them. He said his program is going to be about “winning championships.”