On Wednesday, one of Your Best 11's favorite coaches, Lane Kiffin, shed some light on the pressure of having to win at USC. From the LA Times, Kiffin talked, not just about winning, but having to win pretty because of the atmosphere surrounding the program by being in Los Angeles.
"L.A.'s a town that isn't really fired up about winning games, 14-10, and showing up," he said. "You've got a lot to compete with, so there is a Showtime element to it.
"There's a style factor to it, obviously, that was here before in the great runs."
Whether you agree with Kiffin or not does not truly matter; the fact is, it's not something a team should worry about. Athletic directors? Certainly, they're looking to maximize profits by getting butts in seats and putting Ws in the win column.
But the team? They do what they are built to do, play football.
If Kiffin's comments ring true, the good thing for USC is winning with style is most certainly what comes natural. They don't have to worry about putting up points or being dynamic on offense because Lane Kiffin, the offensive mind behind one of the nation's most potent attacks, has a scheme that oozes style.
The way Lane Kiffin puts his players in a position to be successful screams of pizzazz. The "throw the ball all over the yard" to Robert Woods and Marqise Lee style of play is most certainly "sexy" in the eyes of the masses. Silas Redd and Curtis McNeal ripping off runs behind that talented offensive line will get folks jumping out of their seats.
While the team shouldn't be concerned with style—that's a decision made by the type of coach you hire—this team is set up to be quite the picture of stylish perfection. Big-time players all over the field. Elite game plans every time they take the field. Dynamic play calling.
For USC, if style does indeed matter, they don't have to worry much about it; that's just going to come natural.