Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Newsflash: Lane Kiffin Named USC Head Coach
That didn't take long. Word is that Lane Kiffin is leaving Tennessee after one year to become the head coach at USC. Kiffin served as the Wide Receivers Coach and Offensive Coordinator at USC before becoming the Head Coach of the Oakland Raiders.
This seems like a good fit: a guy who knows USC football, but more importantly a guy who is brining a staff with serious heft with him. Kiffin has reportedly managed to pull away Norm Chow from UCLA to be his offensive coordinator, and brings his Dad, Monte Kiffin, longtime sucessful Tampa Bay Bucs Defensive Coordinator, along with him. That's a strong staff that sounds like bringing the old Pete Carroll band back together minus the head man. No one thought USC was going away without Pete and given how many faces are the same on offense from the Carroll days, and now with a great Defensive Coordinator, I doubt SC misses a step. The only question is if Kiffin can recruit as well as Carroll, which will be hard given Carroll's affable and electric personality. But Lane's got a pretty strong argument that things look as good at USC as they did before Pete left and that's bad news for the rest of the Pac 10.