USC’s Kiffin, McDonald apologize _ to a point



LOS ANGELES (AP) — Turns out Lane Kiffin didn’t leave his sharp tongue and hot temper in Knoxville after all. He just waited a while before unpacking all that baggage on the West Coast.

With two days of tirades against several officiating decisions in Southern California’s triple-overtime loss to Stanford, the Trojans coach lived up to the headline-grabbing reputation he built during short stints at Tennessee and the Oakland Raiders. Kiffin was fined $10,000 by the Pac-12 on Monday night for his postgame screed following the Trojans’ 56-48 loss, amplified by similar comments a day later.

After Tuesday’s practice for the Trojans’ visit to Colorado on Friday, Kiffin said he’s been reminded he isn’t allowed to talk about any aspect of officiating. But he acknowledges that silence will be awfully tough for him.