Lane Kiffin Will Appear on ESPN's 'College GameDay' Saturday

Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IOctober 9, 2013

Former USC Trojans football coach Lane Kiffin is reportedly set to appear on ESPN's College GameDay on Saturday morning, according to T.J. Simers of The Orange County Register.

CBS' Bruce Feldman confirmed the news on Thursday morning. 

The GameDay crew will be in Seattle this weekend ahead of the Top 25 Pac-12 showdown between Oregon and Washington. Per Simers, Kiffin "texted to say he’s not talking to anyone now on the advice of his agent," but we have to assume the recently fired offensive mind will be asked to dissect a little Pac-12 football.

It's not like Kiffin has anything else going on at the moment. The 38-year-old was relieved of his duties late last month following a 62-41 loss to Arizona State. The 3-2 start was the program's worst since 2002, and Kiffin's tenure in Los Angeles had been a major disappointment overall since taking over for Pete Carroll in 2010. 

In an effort to limit the awkwardness on set, it's likely that Chris Fowler and crew will keep the focus on Saturday's action and matchup when Kiffin pays them a visit. Believe it or not, he led USC to a win over the Huskies in Seattle a year ago, and will likely have some words of advice for Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich.

Sep 1, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones (far left) on the set of ESPN College Gameday with Chris Fowler (second to left) and Lee Corso (in elephant costume) and Kirk Herbstreit (far right) before the game between the Alabama Crim
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T.J. Simers facetiously suggests that Kiffin will come dressed as the Oregon Duck mascot when it comes time for Lee Corso to make his pick. But given that his agent wants him to keep quiet, it shouldn't be ruled out as a possibility. 

Kiffin, who was a head coach for two years in the NFL with the Oakland Raiders and spent one year at Tennessee before making an untimely exit for Southern Cal, went just 28-15 in Los Angeles and now has a 35-21 career head coaching record in college football (including two bowl game defeats).

Meanwhile, coming off a bye week, USC will begin the post-Lane Kiffin era on Thursday night, when they host the Arizona Wildcats at the Coliseum.


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