It’s been a long, bumpy road for Lane Kiffin—from being the youngest head coach in NFL coach history with the Oakland Raiders to the tumultuous and short-lived head coach of the Tennessee Volunteers’ football program—he finally looks to be hitting his stride.
After being recruited by Mike Garrett, then-athletic director at USC in 2010, Kiffin was also handed the infamous NCAA rules violations sanctions. Many alums and fans were not enthused to see Kiffin become the new leader of the Trojans due to his past two coaching stumbles, but after an arduous two-year program rebuild, Kiffin has proven he has what it takes to return the USC football program to the powerhouse the Trojans used to be.
Key milestones of Kiffin’s coaching efforts can be seen in his winning results. Not only did the Trojans pull off an amazing victory over the No. 4 Oregon Ducks last year, but they also ended the season with an epic 50-0 win over their cross-town rivals, the UCLA Bruins.
In the new 2012 season, Kiffin’s Trojan team has been ranked the preseason No. 1 football program in the nation lead by quarterback and Heisman-hopeful Matt Barkley, and with talks of a possible BCS National Championship, it looks like Lane Kiffin could validate his early career reputation as one of the nation’s best up and coming college coaches.
Let’s take a look at the top reasons why the man under that signature white visor is the next great coach.