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The Wall Street Journal compared Lane Kiffin’s 28-second press conference to other quick press conferences, including his 59-second briefing when he left Tennessee. Link here.

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  • trojanvitty

    I love it. Screw the low level press. I hope LK walks off every time. The press is causing too many distractions around SC anyways. I gotta go…


    Wolf is really going all-out to character assassinate Kiff

    I now understand Kiff’s point of view after reading the L.A. Times account– After avoiding one reporter’s question about a player’s availability with an “I don’t know,” he was being asked about still another player’s injury status. He was fed up and left.

    Not saying it was the smartest thing to do, but he does have a point.

  • mtbiker

    Perhaps Kif was think of these sayings

    It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt . — George Eliot
    Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.– Abraham Lincoln (also attr. Confucius)
    It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.– Mark Twain (1835-1910)
    Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding. — Bible, ‘Proverbs’ 17:28.


  • Trojanfan


    I have to agree with you on that one

    Wolfman, leave the guy only, you’re starting to look like a stalker

  • QueenKiff

    mtbiker, problem for Kiff is that he inexplicably manages to come across as a moronic dooosh A) as soon as he opens his mouth and B) when he doesn’t say anything

  • mtbiker

    @QK, had to argue against your points. A friend of mine commented that Kiffin’s facial expression often looks like that of a baby with a load of poop in his pants. Maybe, that what Kif was referring to when he said, “I gotta go”

    (yeah potty humor, not exactly highbrow, but it’s the wolf blog …)

  • ProbationU

    LJ…….Kiffin would need to possess character in order to have it assassinated. On the other hand, he does have a hot wife.

  • Stackfire

    Coach Kiffin clearly cannot handle the pressure that has built up surrounding the resurgent Trojan program. These recurring pointless dramas with the press and players are painful to watch. USC is a nationally envied institution and a rarely rivaled college football brand built by class guys like John McKay and John Robinson. And Pete and Lane are going to shred that brand before Lane is done.

    But there was really never any reason to expect that Coach K would follow in that tradition if you examine the record.

    If his name had been say Lane Jones, his Fresno State sports and education career would have qualified him as perhaps a division II position coach.

    When you are so obviously a nepotistic hire, you start with a disadvantage that talented sons can overcome. But anyone watching a Coach K press conference knows that Lane is far from bright or talented. He can hardly string 4 sentences together without using broken English. Kind of a cute legacy frat boy. He has always reminded me of Ron Zook. Can recruit, can’t coach.

    His early Trojan coaching experience is hard to handicap because Coach C and his staff (including Lane) were so good at recruiting. A class institution verged towards the reincarnation of the Miami Hurricanes. A brief stop for Rivals.com studs on the way to the NFL with amazing talent and inexplicable losses to outmanned teams. Professional athletes cannot be expected to get up for exhibition games. Not with that coaching staff of overgrown adolescents.

    His Raider career was laughable even in the context of how difficult it was to work for Al Davis.

    His Volunteer career was laughable only when it was not disgusting. Came in without class and surely left without class.

    Pat Haden must be in such a difficult position, but why he cannot get a grip on the petulant little Lane is beyond me. Maybe he just thinks this goof is our goof. The Trojan press are far from hard on the Trojan coaches. To this day they generally cover for the sophmoric Pete Carroll who spent his whole Trojan career scheming for a 3rd shot at the NFL. How much longer they will cover for Lane I suppose depends on the won loss columns.

    For the record, class coaches NEVER criticize or alibi about the players, the refs, the schedule, injuries, or anything but themselves and thier staff. The Barkley and Walker comments were so doggone outrageous. Class coaches protect thier kids when they struggle and take the criticism on thier shoulders. Its called acting adult.

    Pat, take Lane to the shed and help him get his little boy mind right. Please.


    Good stuff, Stackfire.

    But let us not forget that Kiff has not had much experience as a head coach– 1 1/2 years with Oakland, 1 year with Tenn and 2+ years with SC. And he is pretty young, what, 38, so he has some growing up to do.

    But the guy can recruit, and with the horses he has in the stable he can win 80% of his games blind-folded. Now, the remaining 20% will take some more finesse on his part. And so the jury is still out on the guy.