Lane Kiffin Volunteers to Leave Tennessee to Become USC's Head Coach

James WalkerAnalyst IIJanuary 12, 2010

LEXINGTON, KY - NOVEMBER 28:  Lane Kiffin the Head Coach of the Tennessee Volunteers is pictured during the SEC game against the Kentucky Wildcats at Commonwealth Stadium on November 28, 2009 in Lexington, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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So much for rebuilding the football program at the University of Tennessee. 's Dennis Dodd is reporting that Lane Kiffin has accepted the head coaching position at USC.  He leaves Tennessee after one season and a 7-6 record.

Sorry, but Kiffin is officially weak.

What kind of message does he send to potential recruits at USC? 

"Come play for me, and don't worry, I'll be here next season," he says, crossing his fingers behind his back. 

Yes, he was an assistant coach under Pete Carroll from 2001-2006, and USC is one of the top programs in the country.  However, USC is under the NCAA's microscope, and Kiffin hasn't been a very good boy in the eyes of the aforementioned NCAA.

Why would Kiffin jump out of Knoxville so fast to take over a program that most likely get hit with NCAA penalties?  Did he see limitations at Tennessee, or was the SEC competition too daunting for him and his daddy to handle?

Tennessee fans must be devastated.  All the talk about singing Rocky Top all night after beating Florida.  I especially loved how he called Urban Meyer out as a cheater, and the player in question was kicked off the team for allegedly committing armed robbery in his freshman season.

I, for one, think Tennessee is better off without him.  However, losing Monty Kiffin as their defensive coordinator really hurts.  Perhaps they can offer Daddy Kiffin the head coaching gig?

The SEC says good riddance, Lane.  Enjoy your mediocrity out in LA.  If your mouth doesn't get you into trouble, surely the sanctions the NCAA eventually levies on USC should be fun to deal with your first season.

Good luck, USC.  Maybe he'll stick around there for two or three seasons.