USC Trojans head coach Lane Kiffin is very young at 36 and will only get better. He has already been the head coach of the Oakland Raiders (youngest NFL coach in history at 31) and Tennessee Volunteers (youngest Division I active coach at 33).
There are lots of reasons that Kiffin was selected as the head coach for these three teams, including his dream job of leading the football program of the storied USC Trojans. The USC job has been rated in the top five of college football.
However, Kiffin has not been a big winner as a head coach yet.
Kiffin was also a controversial head coach at Oakland and Tennessee, and there is no question that Al Davis and SEC fans do not like him. He had no similar issues in his much longer tenure at USC, either as an assistant or head coach.
Richard Cirminiello of CollegeFootballNews.com lists Lane Kiffin as No. 4 in a list of 50 of the most interesting college coaching situations going into the 2011 season.
The USC fans and administration who know him best both respect and support Kiffin and are happy he is their head coach during the very difficult NCAA sanctions period.
Bleacher Report USC Featured Columnist Rick McMahan wrote “10 Best Lane Kiffin Moments” detailing some of this young coach’s accomplishments.
There are other good reasons that Lane Kiffin is a top 10 coach.
Let’s review them in the following slides. As always, your constructive comments are welcome.
P.S. Thomas Neumann of ESPN conducts a very good Q&A with Lane Kiffin that reveals the type of person USC fans have known over almost eight years.