In just his second season as the head coach of the mighty USC Trojans, Lane Kiffin led the program to a 10-2 record. The team was not allowed to participate in a postseason bowl game due to sanctions levied by the NCAA for transgressions taking place during the tenure of former coach Pete Carroll.
That was only in 2011. One would assume that Trojan Nation would have plenty of patience for a guy who was able to crack the double-digit win plateau early on, as well as dig this proud football program out from under the heavy weight of the sanctions.
Such an assumption would be dreadfully incorrect, however.
Yes, that 10-win season was unexpected and spectacular, but the results since then have been disappointing at best and utterly embarrassing at worst. USC opened the 2012 season at No. 1 in the nation, ahead of even defending national champion Alabama. Instead of competing for the crystal ball, however, Kiffin deflated footballs and made players change jerseys at halftime as the team pushed the rule book to its limit in losing six games.
The Trojans’ record marked the very first time in college football history a team that opened No. 1 went on to finish with six losses.
Is that enough to fire the guy? The season definitely affected recruiting, but as of writing, the Trojans are 2-1 in 2013, and only three points away from being a perfect 3-0. Granted, the wins have come against lowly Hawaii and Boston College, while the putrid, 10-7 loss came against another poor squad in Washington State.
The Kiffster doesn’t necessarily seem like a terrible person, but he continues to shoot himself in the foot when it comes to his personal interpretation of the rulebook and then on the field with more-conservative-than-anticipated playcalling.
Of course, winning heals most wounds, but do you believe Kiffin should be allowed to remain on board to oversee the turnaround in La La Land?