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Kiffin takes dig at former coach

USC coach Lane Kiffin got a chance to return a dig at his mentor, former Trojans coach Pete Carroll, over a recruiting matter.
Kiffin was asked Thursday about Notre Dame wide receiver Michael Floyd, who is the Irish's leading receiver with 62 catches and only three touchdown passes away from breaking the school's career record.

"The last time I was here (as an assistant coach), he said USC was his dream school," Kiffin said. "He's a classic big, dominant receiver."

So why didn't Floyd come to USC?

"I wasn't here," Kiffin said.

The fact Kiffin even mentioned Floyd wanted to come to USC made up for an incident earlier in the year, when Carroll was recorded having a conversation with Chicago Bears wide receiver Devin Hester during warm-ups. Hester asked Carroll why USC failed to recruit him?

"Ask Lane Kiffin," Carroll replied.

Carroll also told Hester that Kiffin recruited the area (Florida) where Hester went to high school.

Kiffin also recruited Notre Dame freshman quarterback Tommy Rees last year when he was at Tennessee.

"I thought at one point maybe we had him with the coaching change (at Notre Dame)," Kiffin said.

History lesson

Kiffin spoke to the Trojans after practice about USC's eight-game winning streak over Notre Dame.

"Just a reminder to them about what's at stake, they've got a lot of people counting on them," Kiffin said. "They've got a lot of great players, great coaches and great fans counting on them to make that into nine (victories). It was just a reminder of all the hard work from the guys before them. There's a lot at stake."
Advice to Casey

Kiffin said he would tell defensive tackle Jurrell Casey to go pro if he's projected to be selected in the top 16 picks of the NFL draft. He said that's his general rule for underclassmen.

"He really has probably been the most consistent player on either side of the ball," Kiffin said. "He still makes plays every game even if the defense gives up 500 yards."

Kiffin said he never hesitated to advise Tennessee safety Eric Berry to go pro last season. Berry was the fifth pick in the NFL draft.

"The first conversation I told him he should go," Kiffin said.

Lineup update

Junior tailback Marc Tyler said his sprained ankle felt fine and he'll start against Notre Dame.

Cornerback Brian Baucham will start at nickel back because freshman Torin Harris is out with a shoulder injury and junior T.J. Bryant underwent shoulder Wednesday.

"After that it's walk-ons," Kiffin said.

Linebacker Chris Galippo (concussion) remained limited in practice but said he'd play.

Offensive tackle Tyron Smith didn't practice to rest his sprained ankle, which is a weekly custom, but should start.

 

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