Besides the fact that I’ve never liked the guy…I just don’t trust him. He has always seemed like an entitled, spoiled little brat to me. I will say this - he IS an elite ASSISTANT coach; specifically, OC. But we all know that most assistants - even the very good ones - do not have the other skills (i.e., besides the X’s and O’s) they need to be successful as the head guy leading the program. I heard an interesting radio interview with Mitch Mustain a couple of days ago, regarding Kiffin. Say what you will about Mitch, but from his 3 years inside the program, he knows a lot about USC, their coaches and what players think/thought of them. Mitch said that everyone at USC speaks only in the most glowing terms about LK the Offensive Coordinator; but that when he came back as HC for Mitch’s senior year, he said that Kiffin had no personality in the locker room. What he had as an assistant - when his player group loved him - he did not have trying to be a CEO type HC. As Mitch put it, “he sucked the air out of the locker room when he came in”. That’s the first time I have heard in insider (player/coach) comment on LK in that way, but it’s consistent with my thoughts about him…great offensive mind that should stay an assistant and not be a HC.
On another point, I saw the thread where someone posted that we were looking for a “bridge” coach and Clay/Matt disagreed. Well, I do too and that’s one reason I’m against bringing Kiffin in. When you look at his history and what he did to Tennessee, I don’t doubt that if he has 2-3 years of relative success (and from where we are, that would be back to back .500 seasons), he’d be off at the first sight of a hiked skirt and whiff of sweet perfume. Let an Auburn or Michigan or Notre Dame - or, the NFL - come sniffing around and he’d be G-O-N-E. There is little doubt in my mind.
And there’s another big issue, in my mind. What, in his history, indicates that he can take a program in the condition we currently find ourselves in, in THE most difficult division in all of College Football, and BUILD a program from the cellar all the way to the penthouse? He’s only ever worked at Bluebloods (USC, Tennessee, USC again, Alabama) or against lesser (non SEC) competition at his current job. When he came in, those programs weren’t necessarily at their highest point (except for Alabama), but they weren’t in the dumpster either. He MIGHT be able to do it, but so MIGHT ANY coach we’re considering. I’d like to find one who HAS done it - or something at least remotely similar.
So, those are my reasons for not being on the Lane train. I’d be very open to responsive replies addressing those concerns, specifically. Yes, I know a lot of you apparently DO like him and want him. Frankly, I already know that and so don’t need to hear that from you. I’m looking for reasons to get past my concerns, if any such logical, plausible reasons exist.