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At USC, Lane Kiffin inherited a pretty darn good team built by Pete Carroll. However, since taking over as head coach of the Trojans, Kiffin has managed to keep the USC brand strong, even in light of the sanctions.
While Chip Kelly inherited some good players recruited by Mike Bellotti, Kelly has mostly built Oregon from the ground up. Before Kelly came to Oregon, the Ducks were lucky to land a single 4-star recruit, let alone any 5-star recruits.
Now, the Ducks are in the running for the top talent in the nation and are welcome in the living rooms of star recruits who formerly would have laughed Oregon out of there. In contrast, the USC brand has been the gold standard for decades.
When you factor in the ease of attracting high school boys to L.A. instead of to Eugene, and the weather in both cities, Kelly wins the recruiting honors hands-down.
Also, as of today, Kelly is way behind Kiffin in recruiting violations; Kiffin's 12 secondary violations in a 10-month span while at Tennessee puts him in the lead in this dubious category.
However, according to Rivals.com, USC has the No. 8 recruiting class in 2012, while Oregon weighs in at No. 16.
Slight advantage to Kiffin for 2012 only.