Is it time to re-evaluate the Lane Kiffin era at USC?
Kiffin thinks so. I will give him this: His stature has probably increased since he got fired thanks to Clay Helton and I say this as the guy he banned until he was forced to back down.
I talk to some fans who appreciate him more today than seven years ago.
“I wasn’t graded on a fair scale,” Kiffin told (his buddy) Colin Cowherd. “We weren’t 1-10. All your juniors and seniors can leave then you have to sign a No. 1 recruiting class in the country with kids knowing they can’t play in a bowl game for 2 years.
“Everyone said I couldn’t coach . . . but, everyone forgot about that.”
The sanctions would have been a better excuse with USC fans if Kiffin had also created less drama while at USC. Remember the deflated footballs controversy? It wasn’t huge but just another piece of static during his tenure.
By the way, has Helton ever addressed the deflated football issue? He was the quarterbacks coach, after all. Did he start that morning of the Oregon game reading “the good book” and then stand by as rules were broken?
I’m sure we’d just get the Sgt. Schultz response, “I know nothing!”
This cartoon probably addresses part of Kiffin’s penchant for drama. I even make an appearance at the 1:30 mark.