Lane Kiffin Won't Last Long at Scrubbed-Up USC
I used to think he was a goofy nitwit who didn't get it. But with every new entry to his ever-expanding trail of trouble, it's clear Kiffin has a superiority complex that enables an arrogant and reckless thought process. If he wants a recruit, he sends a hot coed. If he thinks another coach is cheating, he says so, even if he's dead wrong. If he has a bright idea, he doesn't consult the NCAA rule book to see if he's committing a violation. And if he chooses to raid an NFL team for an assistant coach, he won't bother to at least call for permission.
The latest misstep might spell doom, the beginning of the end of Kiffin's coaching career at USC. Only days after the university finally launched a cleansing process from its Hollywood U. days -- returning its replica of Reggie Bush's Heisman Trophy, purging all mentions and traces of Bush and fellow probation rogue O.J. Mayo, replacing renegade athletic director Mike Garrett with straight arrow Pat Haden and pledging a clean, compliant way of life -- Kiffin threw yet another greasy knuckleball into the new mission. He invaded the house of the Tennessee Titans, just months after his controversial and abrupt departure from the University of Tennessee, and hired running backs coach Kennedy Pola as his offensive coordinator. The problem: Kiffin, typical of his modus operandi, didn't contact Titans coach Jeff Fisher and ask to speak with Pola. Never mind that Fisher played at USC and cares deeply about the school. Never mind that he's one of the most respected men in the sport.
Kiffin crossed him anyway. "I am very disappointed in Lane Kiffin's approach to this," Fisher said. "Typically speaking, when coaches are interested in hiring or discussing potential employment from coaches on respective staffs, there is a courtesy call made from the head coach or athletic director indicating an interest in talking to the assistant. So I am very disappointed in the lack of professionalism on behalf of Lane, to call me and leave me a voice mail after Kennedy had informed me he had taken the job. It is just a lack of professionalism."