Wednesday practice report: Breakdown

By Mark Saxon

* The Trojans had a one-hour walk-through at a nearby high school, then the players got an afternoon off to enjoy the pool and lagoon at the resort hotel where the team is staying, about 15 miles west of Aloha Stadium along Oahu's southwest coast. The players got back from the walk-through at about 1:30 p.m., had lunch and didn't have to report to meetings until 7 p.m.

* Coach Lane Kiffin said the team thus far has done a good job staying focused on the task of playing Hawaii Thursday night. USC arrived at the hotel at about 11 p.m. Tuesday.

"So far, they've done a great job," Kiffin said. "We haven't really allowed them to screw up very much, but like I said before, this isn't a vacation. Talking to people over time, people have different approaches to this thing. Some people have come here at the end of the year where they do treat it like a vacation. This isn't. This is our first game together. This is a big game."

* Kiffin emphasized the business-like nature of the trip by leaving his own family in Los Angeles.

"I won't be renting any snorkel gear," he said.

* Kiffin is somewhat concerned that guards Butch Lewis and Khaled Holmes will have stamina issues after missing a lot of games during fall camp with injuries. Both players are on target to start Thursday, but Kiffin said they may need to substitute more frequently to rest the linemen.

* Kiffin was asked if this team is ready to play a game.

"We're still 27 hours until kickoff. There's still a lot to be done," he said. "You can think you have a team to this point and you don't or vice versa. It's a young team and we have no experience with them. We're going to stay on them all the way until the last play of the game."

* Hawaii's time zone is three hours earlier than that of California, meaning Thursday's game figures to end after 11 p.m. on the players' body clocks. Kiffin said he's not overly concerned about it. He said he'll allow the players to sleep in.

"I'd much rather be doing that than play at noon out here in the heat," he said.