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Thanksgiving Day celebrations

USC coach Lane Kiffin had a smart, quick answer when he was asked after the Trojans' Thursday practice what he was thankful for this Thanksgiving season.

"Our quarterback," Kiffin said.

True enough. But Kiffin also had some more insight to offer on his players' and his own Thanksgiving Day celebrations later Thursday. The 36-year-old Trojans coach didn't plan on going home until 6 or 7 p.m., but then he'd get a chance to eat, drink and be merry for a bit with wife Layla and the rest of the Kiffin clan.

And, most importantly, not talk any football for a few hours.

"Not at all," Kiffin said. "Really it's the last thing we want to do. We don't want to talk about football when we finally go away from here.

"But a lot of our family is here, on both sides, so it's good."

Kiffin and his staff checked with all of the players, too, and everybody's either going back home to spend time with family or congregating at certain players' homes for a makeshift Thanksgiving Day feast. A number of players' families -- including receiver Brandon Carswell and safety Jawanza Starling -- flew in to Los Angeles to celebrate out here.

The only challenge, then, is making sure some of the players don't come in a little, uh, overweight for Friday afternoon's walk-through.

"We talked to our big guys," Kiffin said. "It's going to be hard to monitor them. Unless we go from house to house.

"We just have to trust them, but I don't think that's going to go over very well."