When Lane Kiffin arrived at USC 18 months ago, he learned he had been bequeathed a barely stocked cupboard by his mentor, Pete Carroll. The Trojans paid a price last season for having no more than 58 scholarship players in any one week, depending on injuries. USC played a Pac-10 schedule with a FCS-sized roster.
That may explain the late-game losses to Washington and Stanford, among others. This season, Kiffin said Wednesday in Bristol, his roster will be up around 80 scholarship players. A lot of them still will be freshmen and sophomores, of course, but the Trojans will benefit nonetheless.
“One of our problems last year [was] we could barely practice,” Kiffin said. “We went to Stanford with 51 scholarship players. Those weeks in
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