Lane Kiffin is USC Trojans' Only Choice

Timothy BriceContributor IJanuary 12, 2010

ATLANTA - DECEMBER 31:  Tennessee Volunteers head coach Lane Kiffin watches warmups on the field before the Chick-Fil-A Bowl against the Virginia Tech Hokies at the Georgia Dome on December 31, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia.  Virginia Tech beat Tennessee 37-14.  (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)
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According to ESPN, the University Of Southern California has hired Tennessee Volunteer head coach Lane Kiffin to replace Pete Carroll as Trojan head coach.  After reaching out to a list of major names from Tony Dungy to Jack Del Rio and being shut out, the Trojans are handing over the reigns of the program to a coach with a negligible head coaching record simply because he said "yes."

While Kiffin is reportedly bringing in his father Monte Kiffin to run the defense, and Ed Orgeron to be recruiting director, Kiffin does have a solid foundation of coaching talent around him from which to build. 

But the truth remains that, as a head coach, Kiffin is known for his mouth than for his team's on field success.  Tennessee finished the season at 7-6.  In Kiffin's one year, he was very inconsistent in spite of the barbs Kiffin traded with other SEC coaches.

The test of this hire won't be known for some time.  At first glance, however, it appears to be a panic hire.  I guess we'll see.