A reader emailed today, “other than needing a job, why would anyone work for Lane Kiffin?”
There is nothing wrong with a staff purge if you make better hires. One problem is the people with high-quality reputations (linebackers coach Joe Barry, wide receivers coach Ted Gilmore) left after the 2011 season with no interest in returning. Why is that?
Hiring someone like Jeff Tedford would be good for the program. And Kiffin would trust him. The question is whether Tedford would enter this shipwreck when he could get an NFL job or sit back and collect $1.8 million in 2013 from Cal.
And here is the other problem, which is the underlying issue at all times: Doesn’t USC deserve to treat itself with the same level of respect as Alabama (Nick Saban) or Ohio State (Urban Meyer). Or even Stanford (David Shaw).