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Kiffin on NCAA’s Penn State decision: I think that’s awesome

Lane Kiffin AP

Lane Kiffin once took advantage of Penn State’s sanctions, using the opportunity provided by the NCAA’s imposed student-athlete free agency period last summer to poach the top offensive player on the Nittany Lions roster. Kiffin and his staff convinced running back Silas Redd to pack his bags, leave Penn State and join USC for training camp before the 2012 season. A little more than a year later, Kiffin responded to Tuesday’s news that the NCAA will begin restoring scholarships at Penn State, in a positive way.

“I think that’s awesome,” Kiffin said according to a report from ESPN. “Knowing what it’s like to go through and trying to manage those numbers and plan down the road as we have, now for Bill [O'Brien, Penn State head coach] not to have to do that as much is great for him. I’ve had a chance to talk with him a couple of times, and he’s doing an awesome job there so I’m really happy for him.”

I would love to know how those conversations between Kiffin and O’Brien went, but that’s another story for another day. Kiffin also shared a tweet that came off with a good scent of sarcasm yesterday following the news.

Penn State will have five scholarships restored for the Class of 2014, giving them 20 as opposed to the original 15 imposed by the NCAA sanctions against the university’s football program. Penn State will return to 25 scholarships in 2015 and will be able to field a full 85-scholarship roster by 2016.

Penn State is serving a four-year postseason ban that may or may not be altered in the future. As it stands, Penn State will not be eligible for postseason play until the 2016 season unless the NCAA reduces the terms of the sanctions regarding postseason play.

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10 Responses to “Kiffin on NCAA’s Penn State decision: I think that’s awesome”
  1. jrs45 says: Sep 25, 2013 5:33 PM

    Tosh.0 be quiet!!!

  2. BrownsTown says: Sep 25, 2013 6:00 PM

    Maybe he was interviewing to become O’Brien’s QB coach next year.

  3. jrs45 says: Sep 25, 2013 6:07 PM

    LoL

  4. vincentbojackson says: Sep 25, 2013 6:10 PM

    O’Brien and Kiffen couldn’t be more different.

    Bill O’Brien strikes me as the type of guy that runs toward a burning building, while Lane Kiffen runs away from it like a coward. Judging by the destruction left in Kiffen’s wake, he’d probably be the one that set the fire.

  5. tommy57 says: Sep 25, 2013 11:01 PM

    Awesome!

  6. ridingwithnohandlebars says: Sep 26, 2013 8:52 AM

    vincentbojackson says:
    Sep 25, 2013 6:10 PM
    O’Brien and Kiffen couldn’t be more different.

    Bill O’Brien strikes me as the type of guy that runs toward a burning building, while Lane Kiffen runs away from it like a coward. Judging by the destruction left in Kiffen’s wake, he’d probably be the one that set the fire.
    —————–
    Kiffen would set a building on fire, run away, and end up geting a job at an even nicer building.

  7. tobeexact says: Sep 26, 2013 9:03 AM

    Maybe obrien told , hey look you got the super star traitor running back redd and you still cant win,i had no problem replacing him with 3 of my own. And look at all the great qbs you have had and still cant win ,im using a true freshman and winning all while only having 65 scholorship players,my run ons r doing better .
    Im also pulling double duty as head coach and offensive coordinator ,but im gona need an offensive cooardinator soon . But after what ive seen at usc i had to take you off my list,sorry dude but I cant hire you , they would run me out of state college. Even as bad as galen hall was ,at least psu still scored more pts per game .
    I might need a ball boy though if your interested .

  8. Slim Charles says: Sep 26, 2013 10:28 AM

    Gotta love a grown man calling a 20something a “traitor” for changing schools. You don’t know why he did it, maybe he or a loved one was affected by sexual abuse. You know, sexual abuse, like what Penn State covered up to protect their football program.

  9. waynefontes says: Sep 26, 2013 10:54 AM

    What has Lane Kiffin ever done that was noteworthy other than being the magical sperm that.. well, you know.

    He has failed at every job he has had and has made the senile Al Davis look very smart for the only time in his senile period.

    Al Davis was an innovator an a football genius in his younger years. His older years.. not so much. But he was spot on in his analysis of Kiffen.

  10. bamajs says: Sep 26, 2013 1:37 PM

    Uh, who CARES what Kiffin thinks is good?

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