Bob on 01 23, 2010
It’s been 10 days since Lane Kiffin abandoned Tennessee to fill the head coaching vacancy at USC, and similar to his brief tenure at Tennessee, Kiffin wasted no time in committing a recruiting violation. Volquest.com reports that the new USC coach picked up a recruit from the airport in a limo, a secondary violation. Sure, this might be a ticky-tack violation, but that’s neither here nor there. The guy can’t go two weeks without a violation! During his tenure at Tennessee, the Vols reported six (6) secondary NCAA violations and the NCAA is currently investigating at least two (2) more violations. It’s clear Mr. Kiffin has trouble abiding by the rules.
What exactly doesn’t Lane comprehend? This pathetic excuse of a coach is either:
A. a drama queen who fiends for the national spotlight
B. extremely ignorant
C. a wannabe outlaw who has no respect for NCAA rules and authority
D. doing his best to meet USC’s shady standards
E. all of the above
How on Earth is Lane Kiffin one of the highest regarded coaching candidates in the country? He failed as the Raiders’ head coach (5-15), and when given an opportunity at Tennessee, he led the Vols to a dismal 7-6 record. Not only did he fail to impress at Oakland and Tennessee, he completely turned his back on Tennessee’s football program (although I think it’s a blessing in disguise) by taking over at USC. This, coupled with his prior violations and behavior (i.e. telling a recruit if he didn’t commit to Tennessee he would be pumping gas), has got to make you question Kiffin’s morals, integrity and ineptitude.
I was shocked to hear Lane Kiffin landed a job in Tennessee following his stint in Oakland, and I damn-near had a heart attack when I discovered he had been offered to fill Pete Carroll’s vacancy. Kiffin gets offered to take over one of the premier coaching jobs in the country despite his arrogant behavior and mediocrity?
What is so special about this greaseball? What is he doing right that the general public hasn’t been made aware of? Does he have rug-burns on his knees or what? Where would Lane Kiffin be if he didn’t have his father’s name (Monte Kiffin is widely regarded as one of the best defensive coordinators in contemporary football) to cling onto? My guess is he’d be flipping burgers.
Regardless of his incompetency, Lane Kiffin is here to stay, at least for a little while. You can be certain that this will not be the last time you hear about USC’s new head coach committing recruiting violations; it’s what he does. Similar to Tennessee, don’t be surprised if USC crashes and burns at the hands of Lane Kiffin.