SAN FRANCISCO (CBS Sports) — During a conference call with Pac-12 media before No. 2-ranked USC’s trip to Stanford in September, USC coach Lane Kiffin was asked about the relationship between him and Stanford coach David Shaw.

“It’s a little more friendly rivalry, a little more respectful, than it was for the last couple of head coaches,” Kiffin said.

Kiffin, of course, was referring to Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll (USC) and San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh (Stanford), whose relationship drew a significant amount of attention during the three years they overlapped in the former Pac-10.

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