Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E Sports) – USC wide receiver Marqise Lee clarified that several players, and not the whole team, attended the regular get-together Sunday after the Trojans lost to Washington State.
“There was not a ‘players only meeting.’ Just regular get together with a few players about staying positive and moving forward #FightOn!” Lee said on his Twitter account.
Earlier, Lee was quoted by the Los Angeles Daily News confirming that the Trojans held a players-only meeting without the knowledge of coach Lane Kiffin.
“Kiffin don’t know,” Lee told the Los Angeles Daily News. “Players [only]. Players. Kiffin don’t know nothing about it. No coaches [were allowed]. We did have that meeting. Now [Kiffin] knows.”
Lee, defensive end Devon Kennard and linebacker Hayes Pullard were identified as some of the players who spoke at the meeting. Kiffin had said that no such meeting took place.
The Trojans are ranked 112th in the FBS in passing offense, and their longest pass play this season is 19 yards. USC threw for only 54 yards — the program’s fewest in a game since 1998 — in Saturday’s 10-7 loss to Washington State.
As the clock wound down, fans were chanting “Fire Kiffin!” at the Los Angeles Coliseum.
Backup quarterback Max Wittek, who was beaten for the starting spot by Cody Kessler, also disputed some of Kiffin’s earlier comments regarding the coach’s choice at the position.
“I spent a lot more time when these things happen with the guy that doesn’t get it,” Kiffin had said Monday. “Obviously the one guy’s going to be excited. I spent some time [Sunday] night with Max, making sure that he’s ready to go and that he’s in a good place.”