Did I Miss Something But The Lane Kiffin Fallout Is Making The USC Trojans Look Bad. That Being Said The Program Was Already Stinking Up The Joint To Begin With ……. !
When I first heard the news that USC Trojans’ Athletic Director Mike Garrett viewed the Tennessee Volunteers’ football coach Lane Kiffin was the right person to be succeeding the now departed Pete Carroll as the program’s next football coach. To say that I was surprised was a clear understatement. With Kiffin now being succeeded by Derek Dooley in Tennessee, as the new head football coach. The new Trojans’ coach can now start to lay the foundations of what he believes will be a new direction for this Trojans’ football program that underachieved and underperformed with Carroll at the helm. In reality the program had been declining somewhat under Carroll for the past two years . And it was clear for all to see.
Formal introductions are made as Lane Kiffin is introduced as the new Head Coach of the USC Trojans’ football team.
With that said , the fallout that is now taking place and with allegations that members of Kiffin’s staff having been in touch with recruits that’ve signed with the Tennessee program. It is now being alleged that they were trying to lure those recruits to either renege on their commitment and come to USC or simply come to join Kiffin , if they had not made a commitment to the Vols’ program. One has to bear in mind that no sooner had Kiffin joined the Volunteers’ program last year. Within months of him having done so, there were several allegations being made against the coach and the fact that he’d either directly or indirectly contravened several NCAA recruiting violations. Not only that he had the temerity to make allegations against his then counterpart at the ‘University of Florida coach Urban Meyer. All of which proved to be groundless and for which Kiffin hadn’t formally apologized. He however, weighed it down by stating that he was unaware as the NCAA code of conduct of what was deemed as appropriate in such dealings. Either it’s me but clearly Lane Kiffin is as unintelligent as first thought ! Either that or his loutish and boorish behavior is something that he believes will be something that will endear him to the fans. Somehow I don’t think that it worked there in Knoxville, Tennessee . And it’s unlikely to work either, with the fickle fans there in Southern California.
Pre press conference drama as Lane Kiffin announces his departure from Tennessee to take the position with USC. Could he have been more disingenuous during his stay there in Knoxville , Tennessee ?
Courtesy of USA Today
By Reid Cherner & Tom Weir
Parting is such sweet sorrow. Then after the tears are wiped away it often gets ugly.
That’s where the University of Tennessee and Lane Kiffin are right now, with the Vols volunteering to help investigate the new Southern Cal coach’s football program.
UT athletic director Mike Hamilton told the Knoxville News Sentinel he will investigate whether USC staff had improper contact with Kiffin’s former recruits at Tennessee.
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The problem with Lane Kiffin is that he simply thinks that riding into town on his white steed, he’s essentially become the savior of a program. His body of work at the collegiate and professional level within the NFL would suggest that the exact opposite. His record with the Oakland Raiders was mediocre at best . Albeit, that he had to deal with the aging and completely ‘out of touch persona’ of Al Davis. And if anyone is to believe that a
7-6 record within the SEC is a great start and end to a season with such an esteemed program as that of the Tennessee Volunteers. Then clearly something is awry with their thinking !
Lane Kiffin should think himself somewhat fortunate that in just over the space of a year, he’s held two coaching jobs with two of the most storied programs in all of collegiate football. As to the reasons why Mike Garrett should feel that his coach is the right man for the job , merely stemming from his prior tenure as an assistant with Pete Carroll shouldn’t have been the deciding factor in this decision. But clearly it is one that Garrett and the faculty are prepared to live and die by. The fallout from this could prove to be disastrous if the program isn’t successful under Kiffin’s tenure. The expectations within the Pac-10 and that of the Trojans’ fans will be high. And a ‘9-3 season’ or anything less than that won’t be deemed to acceptable to the fans there, in general. They’re use to seeing the program challenging for national honors on a consistent basis. And it’s clear that Lane Kiffin will be judged by the bar set by his predecessor, Pete Carroll. Those are indeed a giant pair of shoes to fill.
Courtesy of The Los Angeles Times
New USC coach told Mike Hamilton that he fell asleep at the wheel
By Ben Bolch , The Los Angeles Times
Reporting from Knoxville, Tenn. – Tennessee Athletic Director Mike Hamilton said Tuesday the university investigated rumors that have recently appeared on the Internet that Lane Kiffin had been drinking and was with female students at the time of a car accident last summer, but “we were never able to substantiate any of that.”
Hamilton said Kiffin, who resigned as Tennessee’s football coach last week to take the same position at USC, acknowledged being involved in the accident after it occurred in August and said he had fallen asleep at the wheel.
“I had staff members verify that he was at the office until a certain time shortly before that and that he had fallen asleep,” Hamilton said. “It was a late-night deal and I never was able to find out anything to the contrary.”
Kiffin, through a USC athletic department spokesman, declined to comment on the accident.
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With the NCAA findings, as to the programs ongoing problems concerning the basketball program under one time coach Tim Floyd and his dealings with former Trojans’ player O J Mayo. And the continuous allegations of wrongdoing, with the football program itself under Carroll and the transgressions of a number of past and present players. The allegations now being against alleged against Kiffin’s staff only further sullies the reputation of USC. One that either way can now view as being warranted , given the fact that Garrett wanted the NCAA let him allow the program to impose their own sanctions, as a way of circumventing whatever punitive or more harsher sanctions that may well be brought to bear and imposed on the program. What this might suggest is that Garrett and his subordinates have been fully aware as to what had been going on right underneath his very nose. But the fact that all of the rotten apples has brought about almighty stench is now enough for him to be proactive enough, to try and clean up the mess. Have you ever tried to shovel sh_t with a teaspoon ? Because this is in effect is what Garrett is now trying to do. And with Kiffin’s alleged actions, it won’t at all be making his job any easier whatsoever !
As to the NCAA and their continued walk amongst the ‘walking dead’ as to their lack of determination in dealing with the USC program. It merely suggests that while the Trojans’ football program is continually viewed as a ‘cash cow’ . That it has now become ‘off limits’ to any sanctions that many believe ought to be placed upon the program. In essence the hypocrites within the NCAA hierarchy are no different to the those behind much of the malfeasance behind what has taken place and now is still taking place not just within the USC athletics’ program but right across the collegiate athletics’ landscape ! The NCAA hierarchy has its own head so far up its own ass that the last time they saw daylight , even they couldn’t tell what time of day it was , much less what day of the week it actually was !
If over the next two years the USC Trojans aren’t even in the hunt for a national championship , you can bet your ‘bottom dollar’ that the faculty and in particular AD Mike Garrett may well be rethinking the whole issue concerning Kiffin and whether or not it’s still worthwhile to keep him in place as the program’s head football coach. It’s one thing to take a chance on someone but it’s one thing when all they’re just serving up is nothing more than a few asinine sound bytes and not much else tangible to back up all of that ‘talk’. We saw it there in Tennessee and we’re beginning to see it all over again all too clearly in Southern California. After a while the fans and boosters may well get sick and tired of it all , or they may not.