Even Pete Carroll’s wake brings future success for USC
By Anthony Casson
The University of Tennessee’s football head coach, Lane Kiffin, 34, announced Tuesday evening that he is leaving to become USC’s new head coach.
Just when things in the college football world seemed to be settling down, Lane Kiffin jumps ship after just one season at Tennessee. This surprising news comes after a month-long coaching hiatus, including Brian Kelly leaving Cincinnati, Urban Meyer “taking a break” from Florida, and Pete Carroll ending an epic career at USC to coach the Seattle Seahawks.
Pete Carroll and the Trojans have had a successful decade, and, even with Carroll’s departure, the Southern California dominance might still continue with the coaching package it has just put together.
USC has not just gained Lane Kiffin, a former coach under Pete Carroll between 2001-2006, but also Tennessee defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin (Lane Kiffin’s father), and assistant head coach and recruiting mastermind Ed Orgeron.
Monte Kiffin, heralded as one of America’s best defensive minds, will pick up where Carroll left off. Well, at least that’s what USC is hoping will happen.
Ed Orgeron, Pete Carroll’s recruiting genius between 2001-2004, will be hoping to take back any recruits that have recently de-committed after the Carroll news began. His success as a recruiter cannot be denied by anyone. During his tenure at USC, Orgeron helped Carroll and the Trojans gain top honors for recruiting classes each season. Tennessee currently ranks #6 in the country for the 2010 recruiting class; that will most likely change when Volunteer recruiting prospects are broken the recent news.
So, all is right in Los Angeles, right? Well, for USC it seems so, but UCLA has a problem. Sources have been told that Norman Chow, UCLA offensive coordinator, will be contacted by the new gang. Chow also comes from the USC program.
So, all is wrong in Knoxville, right? That’s a ten-four good buddy!
The hole that Tennessee is put in will have a lasting effect. Recruits pulled in by Kiffin’s group will start turning away, fans will continue showing their anger through verbal abuse, and the school will be left finding a proper coach. The current interim coach is supposedly wide receivers coach Kippy Brown.
Tomorrow will bring another day, but obviously from the past month’s college football news, it will also bring more drama.
This isn’t over yet…