Lane Kiffin to name USC’s starting QB on Monday

LOS ANGELES — Lane Kiffin said he talked to his boss, Pat Haden, on Sunday. The Trojans head coach says the two always chat the day following a game.

When asked if Haden had any advice for him, Kiffin responded:

“It wasn’t that type of conversation.”

Potentially a more serious conversation, as it relates to USC football and in particular picking up the pieces on the 2013 season, is expected to take place this morning.

That conversation will be with Kiffin and his quarterbacks, Cody Kessler and Max Wittek. The Trojans head coach says he’s made a decision and will settle on one guy.

The duo combined to put together one of the worst passing performances in USC history during Saturday night’s loss to Washington State.

Together they completed 11-of-21 passes for 54 yards and two interceptions.

The 54 passing yards were the worse by a USC team since the 23-yard performance they put together at Florida State in 1998.

The seven points USC put on the scoreboard were its fewest against Washington State since a 7-6 win over the Cougars in 1941.

“The glaring thing, by far, was we were horrible in the passing game,” Kiffin said referring to the USC passing game. “I’ve never heard of stats as bad as we did (on Saturday). (Our) longest pass play was eight yards throughout the day.”

Kiffin, now, is looking for answers.

Those answers won’t come from heralded freshman Max Browne, who Kiffin says he’d like to redshirt this season.

Perhaps those answers will start to unfold Monday after he names a starting quarterback and strays away from splitting halves with the signal callers like what happened in the first two games of the season.

“Once you have your guy that you gameplan a little bit around that guy and he gets increased reps also in practice,” Kiffin said.

Led by Kessler, Wittek and occasionally Browne through spring and in fall camp the offense had its moments when they were able to move the ball effectively against a USC defense that, through two games, is ranked 11th in the nation.

At this point, Kiffin is “completely shocked” by what’s going on with his offense. The production that was put forth on Saturday was “inexcusable,” the head coach says.

“That was not a product that anybody should have been happy to see,” Kiffin said. “I got to do a better job.”