Wrong lane

Los Angeles Times - - Morning Briefing -

Some­body should tell USC Coach Lane Kif­fin that the odds against mak­ing a two-point con­ver­sion are about 3 to 1, prob­a­bly worse with some of his un­bal­anced or widely split-line for­ma­tions. That’s why al­most all coaches, at least above the Pop Warner level, don’t try it un­less the score makes it rea­son­able.

But Kif­fin tries it early, fails and spends the rest of the game try­ing to make up for the lost con­ver­sion, only to have more lost con­ver­sions to try to make up for.

I’d sure never stake him in a craps game.

David Eggenschwiler Los An­ge­les :: It’s be­come ob­vi­ous to all of us who have watched the first three Tro­jans games that some­thing is missing from our new coach, Lane Kif­fin: a smile for a pass ex­pertly in­ter­cepted, a pat on the back for a grace­ful 97-yard touch­down run­back, and just the gen­eral joy of play­ing well on Satur­day, and, con­sid­er­ing all the odds, be­ing 3-0 early in the sea­son.

If Coach Kif­fin’s pre­de­ces­sor taught us one thing, it was that these play­ers are still kids and that col­lege foot­ball should be fun.

Su­san Stoller Rapp

Los An­ge­les

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