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Thursday, November 24, 2011
A little Frank Sinatra

By Pedro Moura

The final practice of a season always seems to bring out the hidden senses of humor within the most serious of people.

It was fitting, then, that the one man dancing during the final song playing during USC's practice Thursday was also the oldest -- none other than 71-year-old USC assistant coach Monte Kiffin.

The song? Frank Sinatra's 'That's Life."

Kiffin's dance moves -- perhaps best described as robot-like -- going along with the song made many of the players laugh and had guys like Nickell Robey and Chris Galippo jokingly imitating him.

It was a bit of an odd choice for a practice-closing song. Often this season the Trojans have opted for Semisonic's classic "Closing Time" to conclude practice. It seemed Thursday that Kiffin may have gotten a hold of the managers prior to practice and asked them to play Sinatra's 1966 classic, which came out when USC's elder statesman was a ripe-old 25.

"I don't know what that was," USC head coach Lane Kiffin said. "I think my dad was the only person who knew it."

Maybe there was a larger meaning to the song choice. The lyrics could indicate acceptance of a season ending so early for reasons outside of the Trojans' control -- aka, the NCAA sanctions keeping USC out of a bowl game this year.

"That's life, funny as it seems," Sinatra sings. "Some people get their kicks steppin' on dreams, but I just can't let it get me down. Because this big old world keeps spinnin' around."