Lane Kiffin: New USC Coach

Congrats to the L.A. Daily News for breaking the news that Athletic Director Mike Garrett hired Lane Kiffin to be the next head football coach of the USC Trojans. (sidenote: the Athletic Department may or may not have given the story to DN because of T.J. Simers’s current rift with Garrett.)

This is a very savvy move on the part of USC; bringing home a young, fiery, competitive coach who is VERY familiar with the system – as well as the players – having been the offensive coordinator in 2005-06, and coaching alongside Pete Carroll the previous four seasons (entire coaching career below).  The benefit of retaining a coach that knows the program, the mentality and the personnel can not be overstated.

Furthermore, with Signing Day only three weeks out, the Trojans wasted no time in answering optimistic Bruin supporters who anticipated that Rick Neuheisel would finally have UCLA as the front-runner for local athletes.

Kiffin, of course, brings his baggage, most of it neatly exposed in a (literal) Powerpoint presentation, by his former employer: The history with Al Davis & the Raiders was a debacle (though it’s fair to put the blame mostly on Davis, eg the Dark Night/Darth Vader/Mr. Burns, Death Personified), but the intrigue really appears with Kiffin’s tenure at Tennessee.

In his first month at the SEC program, Kiffin managed to outright piss off every fan in the SEC, while simultaneously firing up his own fanbase.https://i1.wp.com/hardknoxsports.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/Tennessee-Fans.jpg
A decent season and an apparent good recruiting class turned Kiffin into a darling in The Volunteer State, with big expectations for 2010.  And as the timing was great for the Trojans, it may have a deleterious effect on the Volunteers.  Three weeks left until the big day and he leaves?  Wow.  He’s probably taking Ed Orgeron and his dad, Monte, with him – further depleting UT at the most inopportune time.

That said, Kiffin’s cajones have belied his age, and he has a great knack at entering his new job in a PR maelstrom. The Bill Plaschke HateWagon is already out in full-force, and I’m sure many college football loyalists (even those outside the SEC) are ready to pounce on LK at the first sign of controversy or scandal.

Aside from that, there is still the Will-Reggie-Bush-Lead-the-Trojans-to-an-SMU-caliber-Death-Penalty issue hanging over the program; right now, Kiffin is calling this position his dream job – but shall the Garrett-imposed sanctions not be enough to appease the NCAA, it may end up very Pollyannish.

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LANE KIFFIN COACHING EXPERIENCE (34 Years of Age, 13 years coaching experience)

YEAR SCHOOL COACHING POSITION
1997-98 Fresno State Graduate assistant
1999 Colorado State Graduate assistant/offensive line
2000 Jacksonville (NFL) Assistant/defensive quality control
2001 USC Assistant/tight ends
2002-03 USC Assistant/wide receivers
2004 USC Passing game coord./wide receivers
2005-06 USC Off. coord./wide receivers/recruiting
2007-08 Oakland (NFL) Head coach (4-12, 1-3)
2009 Tennessee Head coach (7-6)

Thank you Los Angeles Times, for the sweet Kiffin graphic.

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7 comments

  1. SON OF SAM

    WAIT SO THIS KIFFIN FUCKER GETS ONE OF THE TOP HEAD COACHING JOBS IN THE NATION BUT HAS NEVER HAD A WINNING SEASON AS A HEAD COACH ANYWHERE AM I READING IT CORRECTLY

    TALK ABOUT FUCKIN FAILING UPWARD WHAT A FUCKER HE MUST HAVE A LOT OF CONNECTIONS IN THE FUCKIN CORRUPTASS COLLEGE FOOTBALL WORLD

    FUCKIN HATE PEOPLE WITH CONNECTIONS THEY DONT HAVE TO DO ANYTHING EXCELLENT THEY JUST HAVE TO KNOW THE RIGHT PEOPLE AND LETS JUST FACE IT THATS WHAT USC FUCKIN STANDS FOR SO I GUESS ITS A GOOD FIT

    FUCK USC ANYWAY I HOPE THEY LOSE ALL THE TIME NOW ESPECIALLY SINCE ALL THE CORRUPTION IS FINALLY GETTING OUT IN THE OPEN I WOULD LOVE TO SEE ALL OF THEIR ATHLETIC PROGRAMS GET SHUT DOWN BUT YEAH RIGHT LIKE THATS GONNA HAPPEN THEYRE A FUCKIN CASH COW AND THEYLL BUY THEIR WAY OUT OF IT LIKE EVERYONE ELSE WITH UNLIMITED MONEY

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  3. dawgdayafternoon

    Kiffin barely made it out of Knoxville alive. His players almost jumped him when he broke the news, he had to cut his press conference short (1 min 36 seconds – he never even sat down) because there was a mob gathering outside the press room. The cops then had to help him through the crowd and give him a police escort out of town, after which the students “rioted” and did their best West Virginia impression by setting a mattress ablaze. To tal chaos. Panic in the streets. This guy was non-stop fun from the time he arrived in Knoxville – it was something every week with Kiffin, and his exit topped it all.

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