Who's the better coach—Chip Kelly of the Oregon Ducks or Lane Kiffin of the USC Trojans?
At first glance, this argument might look a bit ridiculous. Chip Kelly looks like the obvious choice, but after examining the individual aspect, it is a lot closer than it first appears.
For this article, I have taken the approach to look at the individual aspects of the coaching profession, including salaries, success at the current school and X's and O's to lead to one verdict on who is the better coach.
Both of these coaches are early in their careers at these schools. They have held the head coaching position at their current schools for a combined three years.
Chip Kelly was given his first head coaching position in 2009, when he was named head coach of the Oregon Ducks.
Kiffin left Tennessee and took over for Pete Carroll in 2010 after Carroll bolted to the NFL to coach the Seattle Seahawks.
Kelly, in his second year as head coach of the Ducks, led his team a berth in the BCS National Championship, but they came up short against Auburn.
The Ducks won the Pac-10 in 2010 following an undefeated regular season. Oregon won the Pac-10 in 2009 as well.
In his first year at USC, Lane Kiffin went 8-5, and the Trojans did not go to a bowl game because of their punishments as a result of the Reggie Bush fiasco.
Both of these coaches are some of the best in the game, but one of them holds a slight advantage.
So, who is a better coach?