After a 7-6 season in 2012, which included a loss in the Sun Bowl, it appeared USC’s Lane Kiffin would be on the hot seat. Apparently, this isn’t the case.
In June 2013, right before Pac-12 Media Days, USC athletic director Pat Haden expressed confidence in his head football coach via a “State of Football” video. Haden cited Kiffin’s abilities as a play-caller and a recruiter as reasons why Kiffin’s job is safe.
The obstacles Kiffin faced, in addition to his decent 25-13 record through three seasons considering said obstacles, could be why Haden feels he should get another opportunity to prove himself.
The Trojans were spoiled with Pete Carroll’s nine seasons in charge.
2002-08 arguably was the program’s best seven-year stretch ever. Every season during this span ended with a BCS bowl appearance and at worst a fourth-place finish in the Final AP Poll.
Carroll didn’t leave USC without controversy, though. He’s the reason why Kiffin coached the team through the bowl bans and scholarship reductions I hinted at earlier.
Naturally, there are Kiffin’s (and even Haden’s) doubters. After all, it’s the reason why I’m writing this.
How safe is Kiffin’s job? How much should we blame Kiffin, and how much should we blame Carroll?
Coaches Hot Seat thinks Kiffin has the hottest seat of any FBS head coach heading into 2013. Even though these rankings came out prior to Haden’s comments, they haven’t changed the list to account for the news.
I’ve listed six scenarios, in no particular order, that could happen to Kiffin and USC in 2013 that should make Haden think twice.
Feel free to debate in the comments section below.