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Trojans looking forward to season opener at UH

By Ferd Lewis

LAST UPDATED: 10:38 a.m. HST, Jul 26, 2013

With just 70 scholarship players this season due to NCAA sanctions, USC football coach Lane Kiffin said the Trojans will need to get the most out of what they have beginning with the season opener against Hawaii.

"We've got to maximize every player on our roster and how they can contribute to help us win and get ready to beat Hawaii," Kiffin said today at the Pac-12 Football Media Day in Culver City, Calif.

UH plays the Trojans Aug. 29 at Aloha Stadium. The NCAA maximum on scholarships is 85.

The Trojans, ranked No. 1 to start the 2012 season, finished a disappointing 7-6.

"For us, at USC, this is an exciting time right now," Kiffin said. "Next week (and the opening of fall practice) can't come fast enough. I know our players, our coaches are extremely excited to get back to work. And get back on the practice field."

Kiffin said, "We had a great spring, coming out of spring really felt that we had developed a number of our players and had improved in all three phases of our game, offense, defense and special teams and as we go into this fall camp, we're gonna need to do that."

The Pac-12 media picked the Trojans third in the conference's south division.

Kiffin said the starting quarterback job is open among three candidates and a starter for the UH game will be chosen, "at some point in fall camp."

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sailfish1 wrote:
"We've got to maximize every player on our roster and how they can contribute to help us win and get ready to beat Hawaii," Kiffin said" Those are kind words from the USC coach. Hawaii is expected to come in at last place in hits conference.
on July 26,2013 | 11:37AM
nippy68 wrote:
in reality usc will beat uh but this will be kiffins last year as hc for the trojans.
on July 26,2013 | 12:03PM
lokela wrote:
Go Bow's!
on July 26,2013 | 12:06PM
Cannot beleive Allie hasnt made her appearance here to patronize our team. It is only a matter of time before she puts her 2 cents in. Good thing its only 2 cents-cause thats all her opinion is worth anyway!
on July 26,2013 | 12:29PM
dlum003 wrote:
Nothing I love more than watching Lane Kiffen get his okole kicked. too bad it wont happen here.
on July 26,2013 | 01:05PM
false wrote:
Sounds like USC is considering this a practice game. Not once in the past several years has UH give a real game to them. It has always been embarrassing losses with blowout scores. For gosh sakes at least try to keep it close.
on July 26,2013 | 01:34PM
false wrote:
Forgot to add that UH always tries to play teams up and up. Maybe they should give different looks. There is no way that they can match up man for man.
on July 26,2013 | 01:35PM
bleedgreen wrote:
Maybe Warriors will fail, but I think they will give the Trojans a run for their money. As a die-hard Warrior fan, my judgement is clouded, but I think Warriors' defense will hold their own.
on July 26,2013 | 01:51PM
oxtail01 wrote:
What team wouldn't look forward to a season opener n Hawaii? Especially when your opponent is rated one of the worse Div. 1 teams and the coached by one of worse coaches?
on July 26,2013 | 04:00PM
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