I’m not sure you are paying attention since Kiffen coach’s at USC in the PAC 12, but after such hype at being ranked #1 in the preseason polls USC repeatedly disappointed. Since the season ended Lane Kiffen has seen his dad (prolific Monte Kiffen) leave the team, fired the secondary coach Marvin Sanders, watched his linebacker coach Scottie Hazelton leave for a DC job, and the latest loss is his legendary offensive coordinator Kennedy Polamalu. What else can go wrong for Lane Kiffen?
Talk about a jaded past: how do you put this in a resume? It reads like “if you want to be a successful coach – DON’T DO THIS.” I remember the first time I heard about him. At the time he was an OC for Pete Carol during the end of USC’s legendary run. Then he was hired then fired by legendary owner Al Davis for Raiders. Most thought Davis was crazy. But it was the notoriety that caused him to hit the big time. Kiffen would be hired by Tennessee on a whim. Talk about your wild gamble. And it never paid off. Tennessee is still trying to dig themselves out of that mess.
I don’t like Lane Kiffen. But this is ridiculous. Taking a page out of the “Tommy Tuberville” school of management. He is gutting his staff and preparing to do a major overhaul. Question is who will he hire to help “right” the ship?
I wonder if Kiffen understands that such instability might affect other things like recruiting. Ironically I believe this is exactly what happened this year. USC normally finishes in the top 10 class consistently. I mean, if you had their facilities why wouldn’t you? Scouts have USC finishing at #18. Rivals have USC at #13. ESPN has them at #14. They signed only 12 players. According to Kiffen USC was going after some big name players that never materialized. I am not even going to attempt to spin this statement… it speaks for itself.
If this downward trend continues this season… I look for the Trojans to replace Kiffen. I’m not sure how he has survived this long. Young. Immature. Brash. The list goes on and on… and I firmly believe USC fans won’t take much more.
I have already heard his projected next job: OC for the New England Patriots. I am told Belicheck is looking to find his replacement. Say what? Talk about someone making a deal with the devil. It makes one wonder.
All in all Auburn fans, we really need to be thankful. Just think…
AU could have hired this man. And then where would we be?