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While ‘thrilled with Lane’, Kiffin extension not yet on the agenda

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A popular school of thought heading into the 2011 season was that Lane Kiffin could very well be on the hot seat by year’s end, either because of on-field performance or off-field “issues” from a previous coaching stop.

With nine wins in 2011 — including a huge road upset of then-No. 4 Oregon — and a realistic shot at the Trojans’ first 10-win season since 2008, all of the hot-seat talk as it pertains to Kiffin has suddenly morphed into speculation that the second-year coach could be on the receiving end of an extension and raise at season’s end.

The speculation on that front is, of course, coming from outside the school’s athletic department.  The head of that department told the Los Angeles Daily News that while they’re pleased with what Kiffin has accomplished this season, a contract tweak is not a subject that’s been broached.  Yet.

“I don’t have a philosophy (on when to offer extensions),” athletic director Pat Haden said. “I’ll talk to some folks here. We’re thrilled with Lane.”

Considering the sanctions with which Kiffin and the football program had to deal — and will continue to deal with next season as they will again be limited to 75 scholarship players — the coach that everybody loves to hate has done an outstanding job and has more than earned the security an extension would bring.  And, yes, I can’t believe that I of all people just typed that.

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9 Responses to “While ‘thrilled with Lane’, Kiffin extension not yet on the agenda”
  1. thekatman says: Nov 24, 2011 12:21 PM

    John, welcome to our world. We are believers in The Program, aka USC Trojans Football. You haven’t seen anything yet, as we’re just getting started. Sanctions smanctions. Coach Kiffin and his staff have developed a 5 year plan as to how to manage the smaller roster that every other CFB team enjoys. The NFL uses smaller team rosters and that’s one of the models they’re using to keep the kids in shape, trained, developed, focused, healthy & determined. This is how an NFL team is coached and that’s what they’re doing at SC. Now that’s prepping players for the next level, and if that’s not a great incentive for top performing players for recruiting … and a top notch educatiom, then I don’t know what is.

  2. cosanostra71 says: Nov 24, 2011 12:38 PM

    I wasn’t big on the hire when it was made but he’s made a believer out of me. he is having an outstanding year and I hope we extend him soon. the ncaa tried to hold us down but lane has just kept on going.

  3. soflatrojan says: Nov 24, 2011 2:00 PM

    I can’t remember hearing he was on the hot seat.

  4. cosanostra71 says: Nov 24, 2011 2:46 PM

    He wasn’t hadens hire so technicallyhe was

  5. larrymcj says: Nov 24, 2011 3:28 PM

    Nice to see Kiffin doing better than he did in his very short tenure here at UT. Maybe he thought it was time to change his coaching/recruiting tactics if he wanted to make coaching a long career.

  6. pdcooper08 says: Nov 25, 2011 12:59 AM

    Actually Pat Haden was on the board that interviewed and hired coach. So technically, he is Hadens guy. And let’s not forget, when he was at UT, he was playing with what left overs Phil Fulmer left him. Which I hear was’nt much.

    For what he inherited here at SC, he has done an outstanding job. Let’s not forget, there are a bunch of front running bandwagoners in So Cal and they like to talk about things they know little about.

  7. norcalirish says: Nov 25, 2011 6:50 AM

    Yeah, because when people think of usc the FIRST thing that jumps to mind is “a top notch educatiom” [sic]. Lol

  8. uscatjerseyshore says: Nov 25, 2011 9:01 AM

    norcalirish – Based on your moniker one can assume that you’re a fan of the school in South Bend. Just so you’re aware, USC students are indeed getting a top notch education and and also have had the pleasure to witness a top-notch football team kick Notre Dame’s butt nine out of the last ten years. LOL yourself!!

  9. 4hrchubby says: Nov 26, 2011 8:21 AM

    Of course norcalirish hasn’t ever hit the wrong key when typing and misspelled a word….Yes he is really that good!

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