Now that Lane Kiffin is officially not on the hot seat, it turns out that the head coach will continue calling plays for the USC Trojans despite much criticism after last season.
Kiffin made the announcement during the Pac-12 Media Days at Culver City, California, on Friday.
“We have a great offensive staff who will have a lot of input in the game plan,” Kiffin said as transcribed by Garry Paskwietz of We Are SC. “After doing a lot of evaluating, I think it’s in the best interest of our program for me to continue calling plays.”
The controversial head coach has been on the brunt of criticism for the Trojans’ mediocrity last season, even his former quarterback Matt Barkeley said his play calling “got too predictable.”
Kiffin previously called plays as the offensive coordinator for USC when Pete Carroll was the head coach.
There’s no doubt that Kiffin has the ability to call plays, but being both a head coach while taking on the additional task of play calling looked like it took a toll on the head coach. Instead, he’ll brace that task once again this season.