Following the win at Utah, Coach Lane Kiffin said in his three seasons at USC, he had never seen such a poor performance by special teams. As the team prepared for Washington, he attributed those mistakes to the inexperience of the unit.
With freshmen and redshirt freshmen making up over half of the unit, Baxter is working on perfecting fundamentals. He used the analogy of Ray Kroc, the founder of McDonalds, and his motto of "hamburgers, fries, and coke." Baxter explained how Kroc never wanted to change what the company did, but rather stick to what they do best.
"That's what we do," said Baxter. "We're just continuing to do what we do so we can get better and better and better at it, so we can be the best. We're not changing anything, we're just trying to get better at it."
"We're not trying to beat anybody with gimmicks or tricks," he continued. "We're trying to beat people with fundamentals."
"That's a standard of leadership that was established early here in this coaching staff's tenure," Baxter said.