Lane Kiffin jokes that USC used hypnosis to move past Sun Bowl

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Wednesday April 10, 2013

Posted by: Chris Vannini on April 10, 2013

After the disappointing 2012 USC season ended with a loss to Georgia Tech in the Sun Bowl, you couldn't blame Lane Kiffin if he simply burned the tape from the game.

The Trojans scored seven points and racked up 205 total yards, with the quarterback going 14-for-37 with three interceptions on a windy day.

After practice on Tuesday, Kiffin joked about something else the Trojans did to move past that game.

"It was a windy day, what did you see from the quarterbacks trying to throw through it?" a reporter asked Kiffin. "Obviously, after the Sun Bowl, something to take into consideration."

"I don't know what the last term you said was," Kiffin joked. "You obviously haven't bought into our hypnosis and things we did with our players. We snapped our fingers, and it never happened."

The USC spring game is scheduled for Saturday. The Trojans open the 2013 season at Hawaii on Thursday, Aug. 29. There is no forecast for the wind, yet.



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