More reaction from players

Numerous current Trojans crowded the Heritage Hall Varsity Lounge to hear new USC head coach Lane Kiffin's introductory press conference.

The consensus among them was that Kiffin's up-and-at-'em attitude could serve as a continuation of Carroll's.

"He's definitely got the youth," Galippo said. "I think Coach Kiffin is gonna be the coach running around with us at practice. He's got the energy. He understands our era and what we're like as 18-to-22-year-old college students, and I think that's the reason why he's such a good college recruiter.

"We're really just going to pick up right where we left off."

Teammates agreed.

Said freshman linebacker Devon Kennard: "He's exactly the kind of coach you want to play for."

Many qualities the young Kiffin possesses seem to be patterned off Carroll.

"It's basically the same thing," said sophomore fullback D.J. Shoemate, who committed to USC as a high school sophomore and was recruited then by Kiffin. "Pro-style and offense and all."

As for the riots that took place Tuesday night in Knoxville -- well, they're willing to move beyond that.

Freshman receiver De'Von Flournoy said he and his teammates were certainly "intrigued" by it, following it as it happened on Twitter and as soon as videos were posted on YouTube.

But that was yesterday. Today, Kiffin's their coach, with his Tennessee history seemingly erased.

"We can't really worry about what happened in the past," Shoemate said. "All we can control is what happens from now on."