Lane Kiffin offered a complaint in today’s story by the Associated Press. He said nobody wrote he about his “screw ups” in 2011 when USC went 10-2. Kiffin’s example was when he got fined $10,000 by the Pac-12 after the Stanford game for complaining about the officiating.
“But (when) you lose this year, now all of sudden – the balls being deflated, which I knew nothing about at all, that’s still being written about,” Kiffin said. “People still bring it up about what a bad season I had, and how I regressed. But if we would have won all the games, won 11, 12, 13 games, it wouldn’t have come up later or been written about my immaturity. When you lose things get magnified like that.”
The fact is we do not know Kiffin was unaware footballs were deflated. USC said Kiffin was not involved but never released any details of its investigation other than to fire a student manager.
Also, Kiffin acts like the deflated footballs was his only mistake. There were plenty of others: Lying about his top 25 ballot, banning a reporter, banning the opposing team from using the Coliseum for walk-throughs, the jersey switch fiasco involving Cody Kessler, etc.
So when people say he “regressed,” they have a lot of examples. But maybe he is right and he did not change. Some might say he was immature in 2011 when he got fined $10,000 and in 2012.