We know it’s hard to believe since Kiffin is usually upfront about everything he does. The man is so open and upfront that he even tells us just what he does when he’s recruiting players.
So when Lane Kiffin said the he “would not vote USC No. 1’ on his coaches poll ballot, it was easy to believe him. But alas, we shouldn’t have because according to USA Today he did indeed vote USC No. 1.
Each vote is usually kept under wraps until the final vote of the regular, but once USA Today realized that Kiffin lied, they called him on it. From there, Kiffin went into spin-mode.
“We have less players than everybody else,” Kiffin said. “So looking at it from the outside, I wouldn’t (vote USC No. 1). Did I? Yeah, I did. That’s not based off of 75 vs. 85. That’s based off of (USC players) Matt Barkley, T.J. McDonald and Robert Woods and Marqise Lee. When everybody has the same record, I can’t go into a meeting with our players and have them say, ‘You put that team and that team ahead of us.’ That’s why I did that.”
Whatever you say, Lane.