Cody Kessler

USC starting quarterback Cody Kessler joins Mike Yam and Rick Neuheisel on the Pac-12 Networks Football Podcast to give insight regarding the dismissal of Trojans' head coach, Lane Kiffin, the text he received from Pat Haden at 5 a.m. Sunday morning and how the team and USC fans plan to move forward. Plus, Mike and Rick give their take on the key Pac-12 matchup of the week, Washington at Stanford, and their predictions for ASU's showdown with Notre Dame at Jerry's World.

Moments to listen for:

  • Oregon State's Mike Riley really is the nicest guy. Of course he gives Rick a shout-out. (4:50)
  • Rick humanizes Lane Kiffin's dismissal and what it's like for a coach to lose their football family. (9:00)
  • There are only two kinds of football wives: great ones and ex ones. (11:00)
  • Rick's word of the day: bereave. (11:15)
  • Cody Kessler describes what he was thinking when he received Pat Haden's text at 5 a.m. (12:05)
  • Kessler shares why his immediate reaction wasn't shock when he heard the news. (13:15)
  • Kessler explains how rotating quarterbacks messed with his mind on the field. (18:20)
  • Kessler tells us why it fires him up to be the underdog when fans and non-believers doubt USC. (20:40)
  • Rick tells us why ASU is strong and where they can improve before heading to AT&T Stadium. Two strategies: fade stops and run defense. (29:40)
  • Find out why No. 5 Stanford is better than last year. Hint: back-end defense is key. (34:00)
  • Rick tells us why No.15 Washington needs to bark like they bark at the Farm to oust Stanford Saturday at 7:30 p.m. PT. (37:00)
  • Rick shares a personal story about recently inducted College Football Hall of Famer and former Buffs head coach Bill McCartney that you'll find exclusively on the Football Podcast. (39:40)
  • Mike tells us about his recent run-in with Shayne Skov's brother at Starbucks. (47:30)

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