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Haden on Kiffin: 'I love my coach'

It was the thought in some circles that the hiring of Pat Haden to replace Mike Garrett as USC’s athletic director might be a bad omen for Lane Kiffin‘s future as the Trojans’ head coach.

The seemingly straight-laced, by-the-book Haden coupled with a coach who’s never met a rule or bylaw or protocol he didn’t think he could skirt?  A match made in football purgatory, some said.

At least for now, however, Haden is standing by his man.  Lawsuit and all.

Speaking to the Orange County Register, Haden gave a (dreaded?) vote of confidence to a coach about to launch his first year at the head of the storied football program.

“He is my coach, and I love my coach,” Haden said Tuesday. “I think he’s going to be successful here.”

As for the “compliance” concerns, which first reared its head during his only season at Tennessee, Haden said there are no such concerns.

“I don’t think we’re going to have a problem with compliance with Lane,” Haden said. “He knows where we’re coming from.”

For the program’s sake, Haden had better hope Kiffin continues to know where the revamped athletic department is coming from.  And where their — and the NCAA’s — lines are drawn.

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  1. Jagdbaer says: Jul 27, 2010 2:26 PM

    I believe that quote is from a week ago when Pat was introduced as the new AD. This is the first of many brush fires that Kiffin will start for Haden to douse. Let’s just kick back and see how much Pat will tolerate before he has to slap down his fair-headed spoiled brat of a coach. Lane is fast becoming the newest “Kardashian” celebrity type down in LA.

  2. John Taylor says: Jul 27, 2010 2:36 PM

    @ Jagdbaer: Yep, didn’t notice the date. The quote read “said Tuesday” and I assumed it was today Tuesday. Dammit…

  3. SoFlaTrojan says: Jul 27, 2010 2:40 PM

    John,
    If OSU had 4 secondary violations with Seantrel alone how many did they have overall? Was it more than Kiffin had at UT?
    Haden was on the BOT that hired Kiffin ofcourse he likes him.

  4. blitz4848 says: Jul 27, 2010 3:00 PM

    1–The BOT vote was secret so U don’t know how Haden voted
    2–He likes him of course–“Maybe” because he has to FOR NOW
    3–Haden has made or released NO statement on the lawsuit so far.
    4–Haden’s first words as the new USC AD quoted out of the LA Times were:
    ” NO MORE CHEATING”
    One thing is for sure–Haden knew what he was walking into & what had been going on at USC or WHY else would his first 3 words be:
    ” NO MORE CHEATING”

  5. edgy says: Jul 27, 2010 3:13 PM

    The haters from Florida didn’t like Kiffin saying that their program had cheated (and frankly, I didn’t agree with that assessment).
    People have complained about how his players got in trouble and yet, they seem to forget that Tennessee players weren’t exactly angels under Fulmer, either.
    He talked big when he got there but he wasn’t there to make friends, he was there to put the program back on track. Whether people don’t want to believe that he did, let’s not forget that it took an extraordinary effort by Alabama against the Vols AT HOME to stay in the hunt for the national championship game.
    I won’t make excuses for his violations but they weren’t as bad as what happened at USC and he’s better than some of you think.

  6. blitz4848 says: Jul 27, 2010 4:23 PM

    Kiffin’s problem is he has done way more with his mouth than he has done on any football field. If he would put a lid on his mouth & antics and let his on field accomplishments do his talking he would be a lot better off. It’s hard to get to the top at anything if you trash everyone and everything along the way…..

  7. gator_prof says: Jul 27, 2010 5:08 PM

    edgy,
    Simply put, Lane’s NCAA coaching record is 7-6 overall and 4-4 in the SEC. He was waxed in his only bowl game. A coach is what his record says he is…
    The team really didn’t get better under Kiffy. Yes, they played a couple of good teams close because they were trying not to get embarrassed more than they were trying to win.
    Be happy that he is gone from UT. It wasn’t working and wouldn’t have worked.

  8. edgy says: Jul 27, 2010 6:33 PM

    gator_prof says: July 27, 2010 5:08 PM ET
    edgy,
    ******************
    First off, who cares about UT and in the second place, they went from 5-7 (and lost 30-6 to Florida and 29-9 to Alabama – both at home) to wait for it – 7-5 (and lost to Florida 23-13 and 13-12 to Alabama – both on the road) and yes, they lost in a bowl game but they GOT to a bowl game and Virginia Tech wasn’t a piece of crap team. They averaged 29.3 ppg vs 17.3 in 2008 and gave up 22.2 ppg vs 16.8 in 2008. The offense was VASTLY better and the defense was respectable when you consider that they were learning a new scheme. How you can possibly say that they didn’t get any better unless you either don’t have a clue or you don’t want to admit that he did better than you thought.

  9. SoFlaTrojan says: Jul 27, 2010 8:12 PM

    Its also not like Fulmer left the team in good shape and he had Crompton as his qb. Had Kiffin stayed for a few more years Tennessee would have improved. As much as people hate Kiffin he is one of the best recruiters in the country and given a few recruiting cycles he would have loaded that team up.

  10. TheRealUT says: Jul 27, 2010 11:51 PM

    “The seemingly straight-laced, by-the-book Haden coupled with a coach who’s never met a rule or bylaw or protocol he didn’t think he could skirt? A match made in football purgatory, some said.”
    So what does that make Tressel in your book? Or how about Meyer and his crime syndicate? 6 secondary violations is what Kiffin has racked up. Facts really suck don’t they but facts aren’t your strong suit.

  11. edgy says: Jul 28, 2010 2:26 AM

    blitz4848 says:
    1–The BOT vote was secret so U don’t know how Haden voted
    4–Haden’s first words as the new USC AD quoted out of the LA Times were:
    *******************
    1. SI reports that Haden voted for Kiffin.
    4. The LA Times was paraphrasing what he said. His first three words weren’t that but actually “We want to” while the rest of it was “compete ferociously and win in every sport. But we want to do it ethically and within the rules.”

  12. blitz4848 says: Jul 28, 2010 9:27 AM

    Help us understand—DID he say
    “NO MORE CHEATING”—We know he did. Since he did say that then he is admitting they were cheating and may still be but, STOP NOW, no more “on my watch”.
    SI reported Haden’s vote but AGAIN it was a secret vote. Haden hasn’t said how he voted.
    SI used unnamed sources which we all know is like listening to some of the 4 letter sports networks made up stories.

  13. edgy says: Jul 28, 2010 11:56 AM

    blitz4848 says: July 28, 2010 9:27 AM ET
    Help us understand—DID he say
    ******************
    “NO MORE CHEATING” were not the first three words out of his mouth as you keep saying. You can tell everyone and his mouth that and it still wouldn’t be true. As I said, his first three words were “We want to” followed by “compete ferociously and win in every sport. But we want to do it ethically and within the rules.” The LA Times was paraphrasing it, much like John and Mike (PFT) will paraphrase what a person says into a shorter sound bite. You want people to be accurate but apparently that standard doesn’t apply to you and you can continue to be deluded but the fact is that if Haden was on the other end of that vote, he’d have gotten rid of him.

  14. gator_prof says: Jul 28, 2010 6:05 PM

    edgy,
    The point differential came by piling up points on crappy teams last year, period…Memphis, W. Kent, Ohio, etc. Other than that, they never got over 31 except for waxing UGA.
    The 08 conference schedule was much tougher compared to 09 as well.
    There really wasn’t all that much different…both teams sucked. Like I said, stalling versus a good team versus playing to win are two different things.

  15. edgy says: Jul 28, 2010 7:06 PM

    gator_prof says:
    edgy,
    ****************
    You kill me. Seriously, is that the best bull crap you can come up with? Forgetting out of conference, which was a push (2008 slightly better WP while 2009 had 2 bowl teams to 1) and the 2009 bowl game, the conference records:
    Year PF-PA W-L % Bowl Teams
    2008 129-149 65-39 .625 6
    2009 199-175 68-37 .648 7
    Really? Worse than 2008? Really? Seriously? Next time look it up before you put your foot in your mouth. Oh and how about all those points that Florida piled up against crappy teams last year. In 2008, the team was held below 10 points 4 times, including 7 against 4-8 WYOMING. Please, don’t try to say that the team wasn’t significantly better on offense last year because you’re just embarrassing yourself when you do.

  16. gator_prof says: Jul 28, 2010 10:34 PM

    Edgy,
    You are argument about the difference between horse and cow shat. Both teams sucked. Both teams were non factors in the SEC. The 2008 schedule (5 ranked teams played) was tougher than the 2009 schedule (4 ranked teams played). The SEC was tougher in 2008 than 2009.
    Talk all that you want about UF. You will watch us play again in Atlanta. 2007 is starting to really fade in the rear view mirror.

  17. edgy says: Jul 29, 2010 12:43 PM

    gator_prof says: July 28, 2010 10:34 PM ET
    You are argument about the difference between horse and cow shat.
    *********************
    Why? Because Florida won its national championship then while Alabama won it in 2009, right? You can piss all over the guy all you want but there was significant improvement but your Gator biases keep getting in the way. For a team that sucked, your team should be embarrassed to let them play them as well as they did, right? Would you be singing the same tune if they had managed to get the winning FG against Alabama and went 8-5 – of course, you wouldn’t.

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