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Minnesota opens Kill era at USC


LOS ANGELES (KTTC/AP) -- If Jerry Kill could have picked the time and place for his Minnesota coaching debut, he wouldn't have chosen high noon at the storied Coliseum with an angry horde of Trojans on the opposite sideline.

Yet even in such unfriendly circumstances for the Gophers, No. 25 Southern California coach Lane Kiffin isn't exactly brimming with confidence. He leads an elite program, but it's coming off its worst season in a decade.

Both coaches have far more questions than answers about two teams moving from disappointing records last season into uncertain futures, starting Saturday.

The Gophers haven't played in the Coliseum since 1979, and they haven't won a game in the Golden State since 1964. Yet after Minnesota finished strong last season under interim coach Jeff Horton, it has a chance to avenge last season's 32-21 home loss to USC.

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