Notebook: Tuesday practice

USC (3-1) will travel to Tempe (Ariz.) this weekend for their second Pac-12 game of the season playing Arizona State (2-1).

Kiffin and Redd react
Shocking news came down from the NCAA on Tuesday that the heavily sanctioned Penn State football program will have scholarships restored to the program starting in the 2014-15 season.

Meanwhile on the West Coast, the heavily sanctioned USC Trojans will not.

USC head coach Lane Kiffin offered his congratulations to Penn State head coach Bill O'Brien and the Nittany Lions on their victory with the NCAA.

"I was happy for them," Kiffin said. "I don't sit around and root against other people. I'm happy for coach, for the players. We know what it's like.

"We know what it's like to be in the middle, to try to manage those numbers and look down the road. Obviously there are a lot of challenges that come with it."

Penn State transfer and current USC senior tailback Silas Redd expressed a similar sentiment for the Nittany Lions and O'Brien, "It's a good thing for them and I am happy for them," he said.

Kiffin remains steadfast that USC will not further pursue the NCAA in order to have scholarships reinstated. "We were told from our university to move on," he said.

"We've never agreed with it but all we can do is try to make the most of the situation."

Kessler's swollen hand
USC quarterback Cody Kessler injured his throwing hand Saturday in the Trojans 17-14 win over Utah State.

Kessler took three sacks and was hit multiple times by the Aggies; the injury occurred in the first half. After the game, Kessler said the x-rays came back negative though his hand was heavily wrapped in ice.

Kiffin said Sunday evening during a teleconference with reporters that he anticipated Kessler to be ‘fine' for Saturdays game at Arizona State.

Kiffin reiterated that same sentiment after Tuesday's practice, as did Kessler himself.

"It is fine," he said. "It was bruised and the swelling has gone down."

Kessler admitted his hand "didn't feel too good" when he woke up the morning after the game, but said as of Tuesday afternoon he was having "no issues" with it.

Kessler finished 13-of-27 for 164 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's win.

Redd most likely to sit on Saturday
USC is trying to do all it can to convince the world that tailback Silas Redd will be ready to play any day. Since fall camp Kiffin has said he is hopeful for Redd's return in time for the team's next contest. Redd has mastered the non-answer when asked when he expects to be back on the field.

The senior even suited up for Saturday's game against Utah State, took the field for warm-ups, but un-shockingly only took a couple warm-up reps.

He did not see any playing time against Utah State, nor has he seen any PT through the Trojans first four games.

Kiffin said again Tuesday that he is "hopeful" Redd will play at Arizona State.

Redd was dressed in full pads for Tuesday's practice. He said a timetable was set for his return to the field when he underwent the procedure on his knee performed by Dr. James Andrews in Pensacola (Fla.).

Redd followed that statement by saying he is "day-to-day".

However the savvy back left a telltale sign that he most likely won't be playing in Tempe: he wore sneakers in and out of Howard Jones Field as he has done the past few weeks.

Asked if he was practicing in those shoes, Redd chuckled and said "No, I'm not practicing in sneakers."

Redd says he has not thought about redshirting and that if he can only play in a fraction of USC's games this season "that would have to suffice".

0-2 in Pac-12 is nowhere USC wants to be
If you're a glass half empty kind of person, USC could be staring down an 0-2 start in Pac-12 Conference play when they travel to Arizona State this weekend since already suffering the 10-7 loss to Washington State.

"We don't think we're going to play to be 0-2," Kiffin said.

If you're like Kiffin and prefer the glass half full, the Trojans will return to Los Angeles from Tempe 1-1 in the Pac-12.

"O-2? Pac-12? That's not a good look," said receiver Marqise Lee, adding that every game no matter if it's a conference contest or not is important. "I'm not a fan of losing," he said.

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