Going into his senior year at Fresno State in 1997, quarterback Lane Kiffin, it was apparent, wasn't going to get any playing time. So offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford made him an offer to do something he was probably going to be better at anyway. "I said, 'Why don't you just start as a (graduate assistant) right now?' because you knew he was going to coach," Tedford said. "So he did. He spent long hours. Even as a student, he spent long hours in my office with me at night watching tape. He would always give suggestions." Now, Tedford has the task of finding a way to stop Kiffin's USC Trojans, who host Cal on Saturday at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
Tedford said he always knew Kiffin would become a coach, not surprising because Kiffin is part of a large football family. Most notable is his father, Monte, a longtime respected defensive guru, now USC's defensive coordinator.