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Why Lane Kiffin Is the Biggest Loser In USC "Death Penalty"

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 01:  Head coach Lane Kiffin looks on during the  USC Trojans spring game on  May 1, 2010 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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Bleacher ReportSenior Analyst IOctober 24, 2016

All the talk about the USC Trojans and the judgment by the NCAA to ban the football program from post-season play for two years (and strip thirty scholarships and tack on four years of probation to boot) has led people to ask one question: who will be the person hurt most by this decision?

The NCAA cited a lack of "institutional control" by USC in regards to numerous recruitment violations that included football star Reggie Bush and basketball star OJ Mayo.

A few of the candidates are no longer even around the program.

Pete Carroll hightailed it out of LA for the Seattle Seahawks job after last season. Former USC star Reggie Bush could potentially lose his Heisman Trophy, yet he's unlikely to care much about that. 

The Trojans could potentially be stripped of their 2004 BCS title, leaving the Pete Carroll era with only a share of the 2003 title with LSU.

Clearly, Rick Neuheisel is the Prophet of Doom.

Who is the biggest loser in all of this, though?  The answer quite simply is the new coach, Lane "The Master of Disaster" Kiffin. 

He had the gall to come back. After the serial coach did his hatchet-job from within the Oakland Raiders (and especially JaMarcus Russell), Kiffin jumped ship to Tennessee. But this offseason he returned to USC, where he had been an assistant from 2001-2006.

USC's line has been that no one knew that Reggie Bush had violated recruitment rules with Reggie Bush. Well, hearing that from someone like Kiffin is akin to expecting honesty from a used car salesman.

Clearly, if there is any better symbol for a lack of "institutional control", it is Lane Kiffin. 

This decision is poetic justice for all of his actions. And I'm LMFAO.

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