Players-only meeting? USC's Lane Kiffin and Marqise Lee send mixed messages on what occurred

Wednesday September 11th, 2013

Lane Kiffin said players didn't hold a meeting on Sunday; receiver Marqise Lee says they did. (Stephen Dunn/Getty Images) Lane Kiffin and Marqise Lee initially disagreed on whether USC players held a meeting Sunday. (Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

USC coach Lane Kiffin and wide receiver Marqise Lee initially offered different takes on whether a players-only meeting was held Sunday.

The Trojans lost 10-7 to Washington State on Saturday, and Lee said after the game that the players would have a meeting the next day.

Kiffin, who many believe is in jeopardy of losing his job if the team continues to struggle, said on Sunday and again on Tuesday that the meeting never took place.

But Lee said on Tuesday that Kiffin was wrong and that a meeting did occur, according to tweets by reporters who cover the team.

Lee tweeted on Wednesday morning that the meeting was just a typical gathering.

Lee's tweet should end what looked like a public disagreement between two important members to the USC program. If the issue was really just a matter of semantics, then the meeting is a non-story.

STAPLES: Texas A&M taking advantage of opportunity Texas has offered But the miscommunication gave off the sense that Kiffin was disconnected from his team and one of his star players. It's uncertain whether the incident reveals any underlying issues with the team, but Kiffin and Lee need to be on the same page for the Trojans to turn around their season.

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