In this segment, a question about the coaching staff.
Q: Ben Factor
If it is your understanding that USC football has become an undesirable place to work under Kiffin because of unusual bureaucratic extra duties or lack of internal coaching dialogue about what/how to coach, prepare, adjust in-game, etc., what specifically have you learned about the environment there?
A: First, it is difficult for Lane Kiffin to hire an offensive coordinator because they do not get to call plays. Under Monte Kiffin, it has been difficult to find defensive assistants because he wanted “yes” men and did not like being challenged by Joe Barry. With Monte Kiffin’s departure, it will be easier to hire a new DC but I suspect they will want their own linebacker and secondary coaches.
Now to the other part of your question. I heard this about Tee Martin and other coaches who departed. They became frustrated doing things over and over again that they felt were unnecessary and kept them at the McKay Center till 11:30 p.m. when they might need to return at 5 a.m. for morning practice. That is why coaches often sleep in their offices. This is part of a “grind it out” philosophy Kiffin employs and probably learned from his father. Some coaches believe in being efficient. Others believe in repetition, like Jeff Tedford.
There might be nothing wrong with it, but when you practice in the mornings, you risk burning out the staff. If USC did not pay more than every other college and was no so high-profile, we probably would see more departures than we do.
The other issue cropping up is do assistant coaches want to come and work for Kiffin if he might get fired next season. That limits options too.