Why is that USC can’t do anything in a simple manner anymore? When Pete Carroll was there, the Trojans were disciplined and won football games. Period. Now they have a circus act under Lane Kiffin that resembles that of the New York Jets, but it shouldn’t. There is no quarterback controversy in Los Angeles as USC is leading you to believe. Cody Kessler is the backup and Max Wittek is the starter. Don’t let anyone tell you differently.
If Kessler really was in the running for the starting gig, he would have played in at least one of the Trojan’s final two games, a home loss to Notre Dame and a loss to Georgia Tech in the Sun Bowl. Instead, Wittek started both contests and if anything, Kessler should have been inserted to start the second half against Georgia Tech. But he wasn’t, which means the job is Wittek’s.
Kiffin is under fire, on the hot seat or whatever you want to call it because this once dominant program is now just slightly above average, if that. Is that his fault? Yes and no. Carroll left things in pretty rough shape when he bolted for the NFL, but Kiffin hasn’t exactly done much to fix things since taking over. This little decoy of a quarterback battle is probably just a PR scheme to get some media attention away from Kiffin, so don’t believe any of it. Wittek is the starting quarterback for USC and that has never been questioned since Matt Barkley went down with that shoulder injury. Believe what you want, but you can say you heard that here first.