USC Football: Lane Kiffin Not the Man to Lead Trojans to Championship

Sophia Pompilus@soph_pompilusContributor IIIOctober 30, 2012

USC head coach Lane Kiffin
USC head coach Lane KiffinJeff Gross/Getty Images

Lane Kiffin's time with USC is quickly running out, and the reality that the Trojans are probably not a powerhouse anymore is quickly setting in.

On paper, USC's head coach has a bright future ahead of him.

His career is still young, but he has already made some strides for Southern California, as they've posted winning records each year under his leadership.

You'd think that was enough for the Trojans to keep him long term right?


Along with his successes at USC, Kiffin has made plenty of mistakes that are stopping the Trojans from winning a title.

Kiffin has more than enough football experience under his belt.

He was the coach for USC's tight ends under former head coach Pete Carroll and even became the youngest head coach in the NFL with the Oakland Raiders. After his brief stint in the NFL, he went on to coach at Tennessee before returning to USC, this time as the head coach.

As the coach of both the Raiders and the Tennessee Vols however, one thing remained constant: Kiffin's terrible ego.

Kiffin was known for his insufferable attitude, and that often landed him in hot water. He turned it around when he came to USC, but he's quickly returning back to his true ways.

The Trojans are 6-2 this season, but their two losses were an utter embarrassment to the program. The then No. 2 ranked USC team was stunned by No. 21 Stanford back in September.

But it was their second loss that was the most notable.

On October 27, Arizona defeated the Trojans, 39-36, and the most glaring issue in this game was Kiffin's play-calling late in the game.

Rather than have quarterback Matt Barkley spike the ball to stop the game clock, Kiffin decided to go with the hurry-up offense to advance down the field. That might have been a good idea if the Trojans were actually efficient with the hurry-up, but they aren't.

Barkley failed to stop the clock and moved to the 48-yard line—too far for kicker Andre Heidari to attempt a field goal.

This is just one of Kiffin's many missteps with the Trojans.

In addition to his play-calling skills, his immaturity is another problem. Kiffin wants to win by any means necessary, even if that means he should resort to childish games like switching jerseys to deceive opponents.

Kiffin is no doubt a talented recruiter.

He has managed to land USC some of their best players.

But his excessive pride is undermining his ability to coach them well. Unless he magically makes a quick turnaround in his behavior, the Trojans will not win a championship with him as their coach.