Did Lane Kiffin Regress In 2012?

NCAA Football: Sun Bowl-Southern California vs Georgia TechLane 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.



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  • When he goes 8-5, 7-6 or worse this year, lets hope he gets shown the door and he can go ruin some high school program.

  • Golden Trojan

    Kiffin got where he is by being smart and showing a lot of potential. He’s still learning to be a big time coach. Enfield could teach him a few things. Kiffin’s got his players, his new staff and the last year of probation. If he can learn to manage the program better in all phases and be more personable and relaxed in public they may have a good season that brings him back for another. Otherwise he can coach high school or retire! Heck he’s got a great wife and kids with a big pile of cash in the bank.

    • gotroy22

      Kiffin got where he is by nepotism. There is no way SC would have hired him as an assistant coach if Pete didn’t owe his mentor Monte Kiffin.

      • @ gotroy22 BINGO !

      • In his defense he did a pretty good job in all his capacities while he was here (tight ends, WR, offense that one year).

        • dtksr1 @dslextreme.com

          mOOt you would have been successful is Sarkisian & Chow were there to watch you. When Kiffin no longer had “teachers” around him, he didn’t do so good….. did he?

          • Trojan Hoarse

            Yes, but remember that Kiffin helped recruit the tools that Sark and Chow were able to use…..please don’t get me wrong, Kiffin has shown that he is a much better recruiter than he is a head coach, so far, but he has surrounded himself with some top notch assistant coaches, so this will obviously be a make it or break it season…..BTW….since 2011, there have been 8 head coaching changes in the Pac-12…with head coach Mike Riley (2003) being employed the longest, followed by Kyle Whittingham (2005)…..

          • dtksr1 @dslextreme.com

            Surrounded himself with top-notch assistants? Are you being sarcastic? And about his recruiting? Maybe…. maybe Kiffin made initial contact with some recruits during PC’s days, but it was PC & Orgeron in that specific order closing the deals.

          • Trojan Hoarse

            So you don’t have a very high opinion of Ed Orgeron, Mike Summers or Clancy Pendergast as assistant coaches?… it’s ok…. you can speak up…..coaching is a transient profession anyway…..No way is Kiffin in the same class as PC, as a head coach, and he probably won’t be here much longer……but I don’t think that Orgeron was responsible for Max Browne deciding to attend USC, was he? ..so give Kiffin some credit…… BTW, who would YOU suggest as the next head coach of USC?

          • Devil’s advocate: he was OC after Chow left (obvi) and Sarkisian and Chow are both performing with questionable success on their own.

            Your basic point is correct though – without Pete to motivate etc. his past successes are becoming retconned to others.

          • He did go 10-2 in 2011

      • So?

    • Sure wish you were right about “last year of probation”.

  • Trojan Hoarse

    And the beating of the dead horse continues……neither “forgive” nor “forget” are words in Wolf’s vocabulary…….which helps to explain his constant need to perpetuate negativity……

    • Wolf just doesn’t accept what come from this azzclowns mouth like the rest of the local media dupes. Kiffin is a moron and anyone who defends him or his actions is also an azzclown.

      • Trojan Hoarse

        It’s not a matter of defending Kiffin, or his actions…it’s simply a matter of just moving on……”No Future in the Past” – Vince Gill …..You’re welcome to dwell in the past with Wolf and his cadre, if you’d like……and before anyone goes George Santayana on me, I know…..”Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”……

        • WEB_Dupree

          “before anyone goes George Santayana on me”

          Unless George S. said anything about kicks to the crotch, he won’t likely be invoked on this blog.

        • dtksr1 @dslextreme.com

          You let mediocrity fester by ignoring or “moving on” and you start accepting mediocrity. Not me.

  • wolfman, even though it’s only Spring, your sweeet scooping is in MID-SEASON form!!!

    no matter how slow the news day is, you ALWAYS find a way to delight the crowd with another humiliating kick to Kiff’s crotch!!!

    (you keep handling LA and the CADRE will take Philly!!!!)

    • Jethro G Sabbath

      Great idea for the cadre but you should launch yet another new character for this. If you post as somebody like “Cheesesteak Bill” you will have more credibility on the Philadelphia boards.

      I’m trying to help.

      • WEB_Dupree

        Just as long as he remembers to order it “whiz with”. In fact, that should be the character’s signature sign-off: “Whiz with, 4ever suckaz!”

        • OMG, WEB, i looked it up and they actually put Cheeze whiz on steak sandwiches??? philly must indeed be full of low, dull beasts!!!

          the Cadre would be operating WAY over their heads!!!

      • TrojanFan

        Hopefully a Philly blog will become his target for 24/7 trolling, we could all use the reprieve

    • TrojanFan

      Forget it bucket, the wolfman will never go out on a date with you!!

      Sorry, but I have to do it, three kicks to your crotch….hahaha!

  • LamontRaymond

    I’m sensing some sour grapes here. Lane won’t grant you an interview like this?

  • dtksr1 @dslextreme.com

    The fact is his screw-ups were felt in 2011 but the team was able to overcome them and fans/supporters thought it was a growing-learning-testing process. But Kiffin didn’t change, or better yet, he didn’t learn from his mistakes and that started a domino effect along with his father’s insistance to keep forcing a round peg into a square hole with his defensive philosophy and the opponents ate him alive.

  • timtrojan

    Again Scotty reporting on other peoples reporting. Scotty don’t be a hatter on Kiffin cause of the hot wife. You still have Bucket and his cadre of cheerleader uniforms and racy soccer jerseys.

  • Jethro G Sabbath

    2011 USC 50 UCLA 0

    2012 UCLA 38 USC 28

    I think he regressed

  • Wolf is a turd. Period. And a jealous one at that.

  • Kudos to Mr. Wolf for simply stating the truth about Lame Kitten! Keep up the good work Scott.

  • betomas


  • This is an easy fix for Kiffin.. WIN GAMES, and no one cares!