No Comparison

Lane Kiffin

There was little surprise Tuesday at Pac-12 Media Day that USC and head coach Lane Kiffin would be the center of attention. The Trojans are tabbed to win the Pac-12 Championship, they boast a Heisman Trophy frontrunner, and they've endured sanctions somewhat similar to those handed down to Penn State.

There was little surprise Tuesday at Pac-12 Media Day that USC head coach Lane Kiffin's opening statement to the media alluded to the sanctions handed down just a day earlier to Penn State by the NCAA.

"I think this week there's been a lot of negativity in college football," Kiffin said, "but I think today is about, for us [Matt Barkley and T.J. McDonald], where our conference is at and where USC is at."

Kiffin is no stranger to bowl bans and scholarship limitations after being ineligible for bowl games the past two seasons and losing 30 scholarships from 2011 through 2013.

However, he made it clear the sanctions placed on the USC football program have virtually no room for comparison to those placed on the program at Penn State.

"There is no comparison you can make between what happened at USC and what happened at Penn State," said Kiffin. "I'm not going to get into whether they were fair or not."

Regardless of the comparison, or lack thereof, of the situations each school was penalized for, Kiffin does have an understanding of what it is like to try to keep a program together that could quickly fall apart.

"I think when you go through a situation, like everyone else, we recruit high school players, but now you have to recruit your own players to stay," he explained. "We were in a position where, obviously, our juniors and seniors can leave, and that's not an easy position."

These remarks came as reports continued to circulate that the Trojans are recruiting Penn State running back Silas Redd, who could provide an immediate solution to USC's depth issue at the position.

"We can't speak to any kids on the roster," Kiffin said. "They're just like high school kids and we can't say anything about that."

While the comparisons to Penn State may be non-existent, the reality remains the Trojans could very well end up on the benefitting side of NCAA sanctions coming full circle.

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