STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — David Shaw sat in a chair speaking to a round table of reporters about his Stanford team's upcoming game against Southern California this week. At the same time, Lane Kiffin was talking to writers on a conference call from Los Angeles when someone asked about the relationship between the young coaches, given the hostility that surrounded their predecessors.
Kiffin replied that it was a little more respectful than it was for the last two head coaches.
At least for now.
If history has shown anything in a rivalry between the Pac-12's private California schools that dates back to 1905, things can change in a hurry. The second-ranked Trojans (2-0) visit the No. 21 Cardinal (2-0) Saturday afternoon for the latest chapter of what has been one of the country's most captivating matchups over the past five years.