Backhanded Compliments For Lane Kiffin

USC released its football media guide online today and one website noticed less-than-enthusiastic endorsements for Coach Lane Kiffin in his bio. Here’s the excerpts noted by titletownnews.org.

John Taylor, NBCSports.com: “Considering the sanctions with which Kiffin and the football program had to deal, the coach that everybody loves to hate has done an outstanding job.”

Former UCLA head coach Terry Donahue: “I know there’s a lot of controversy around Lane, but people don’t have the proper appreciation of his ability to coach. He’s a very fine young developing coach.“

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  • Charlie Bucket

    Terry, MY MAN!!!

    Donahue teaching a Grad level course in CONDESCENSION!!

    “He’s a very fine young DEVELOPING coach.”

    so he’s a wet-behind-the-ears, over matched pup???

    HAWR-HAWR!!

    • TrojanFan

      Turn the channel!….this is a USC blog

      What happened to Karla? A little Carpal tunnel syndrome, perhaps….ouch!!!!

    • Jethro G Sabbath

      Bucket,

      I know you read this in today’s LAT.
      Speaking about UCLA saddling Alford with a large contract buyout an expert said “They don’t want to be used as a steppingstone to some better job”

      My how the times have changed!
      Which better jobs is he talking about? Probably Arizona, Arizona State, Oregon, Gonzaga, Indiana, Notre Dame, USC, Cal Poly, Utah, San Diego State, Duke, New Mexico State, Cal, UC Riverside just to name a few.

      HAWR HAWR

      • Charlie Bucket

        Jezro, it’s bad enough i have to contend with, Ray Reyes all up in my grill, playing all these macho head games, but now i have to listen to you taking pot shots at our new coach???

        and by the way, the contract works BOTH ways!! either party has to pay up big if any side tries to opt out!! this is called COMMITMENT!! the same sentiment that kept Savage at UCLA despite an offer for TRIPLE the pay!!

        last add: my good buddy who is a trOXan, today told me although he finds the Dummies embarrassing, he agrees with Nobs’ opinion on Pat Haden’s negative impact on Southern Cal!!!

        • Jethro G Sabbath

          Three different angles to avoid the subject of “better job”

          • gotroy22

            You really thing USC’s mens basketball job is better than fucla’s? That’s beyond even most rah rahs.

          • Jethro G Sabbath

            Not really. I’m just being as accurate as bucket is with his posts.

          • Charlie Bucket

            well, looks like that snide comment backfired on you.

          • WEB_Dupree

            Jethro’s list contains some obvious jokes, but some of those names probably are legit better jobs these days.

          • Charlie Bucket

            you could legitimately ARGUE only two: Duke and AZ….but we have 11(count ‘em) banners. by far the most of any school.

            only a select few teams are emblematic of dynasty: Yankees, Lakers, Bruins, Cadre

          • Jethro G Sabbath

            I left out many legit schools – Kansas, North Carolina, Kentucky etc. but thanks for confirming that UCLA is not even the best basketball job in the Pac 12.

          • Charlie Bucket

            ok lets re-cap:
            2) UCLA currently dominates Southern Cal in every major sport.

            3) we have 109 Nattys, by far the most of any school

            discussion ended. thanks for playing.

            (sorry i had to go right to the”Nuke option” but i got major issues to contend with these days)

          • TrojanFan

            Football?…..lets hear your argument?

            2 wins in 14 years, you truly are a tool!

            Repeated crotch kicks for one of your most lame-a$$ posts EVER!

          • Jethro G Sabbath

            That’s no re-cap. That’s changing the subject again.

          • WEB_Dupree

            I might put Indiana ahead of the UCLA job these days, especially if the coach has a family. We’re ranking them as jobs, not history museums.

          • gotroy22

            Why sink to the ruin’s level?

  • Joe Blow

    Ah, Terry, just how many National.Championships did you win? Hmmmmm Take a knee, Terry, I’ve got this one: ZERO,

    • Spedjones

      And he’s commenting on Lane, who has what record as a HC?

      • Joe Blow

        PLEASE, TD was a so-so coach at FUCLA. And that was over a long period of time. LK has been here 2-3 years. We’ll see when the dust settles. As for now, TD is/was a joke. A nobody.

        • gotroy22

          Donahue would be an upgrade on Kiffin, but then so would Hackett.

    • B.Miller

      HYSTERICAL

    • Cheap seats

      I have lots of respect for Donahue as a coach, UCLA or not.

      One thing he’s said in the past that stood out to me was regarding the O-line play last year.

      He said that in all his years playing against SC, we always had good O-line play. He couldn’t say the same for last year’s group.

      This comes back to my point I’ve made several times that the offense lacks an identity. We still recruit the big lineman for power running, yet our playcalling is finesse. If you attend our practices, you’ll see the same thing. The ol’ “student body” play isn’t seen anymore.

      • Joe Blow

        I don’t disagree. And I don’t mind TD pointing out that kind of stuff. But he should start in his own mess kit first. It would be interesting to know what his first few years were like. And don’t forget, he had Sammy G as well.

        • Joe Blow

          Looked it up. First four years of coaching, TD 29-15-2
          JK 32-19

  • RememberTheFreedomBowl

    Meaningless Comment #2:

    Former San Francisco 49ers head coach Bill Walsh
    “If there was to be a change at USC, I can’t think of a better hire than this one. This is a very, very bright, if not brilliant, football coach. He’s the best young mind I’ve ever worked with. He understands offenses in a way few do. Paul brings the versatility and flexibility needed today to compete, and his offensive mind gives a program more opportunities to answer the challenges. USC is catching Paul at the right time in his life and in his career. He is on his way up. He is a star still on the rise. He’s going to take USC places. As bright a star as Paul has been, he would not have been as good a head coach for USC right now had he not been through the wars and paid the price at Dallas, the University of Pittsburgh and Kansas City. That seasoning was critical. It shaped him. Paul is just a great choice for USC.”

  • TrojanFan

    What!!!…no quotes from the wolfman?

  • B.Miller

    We all know Kiffin is to young and inexperience to coach at a Dominating Football school like USC.
    He has done a decent job considering all the obstacles he has had.. I’m rooting for the kid.. hope he does well and learns fast..

    • RememberTheFreedomBowl

      Most intelligent post I’ve read for quite awhile. Everyone seems to forget that Kiffin is the 4th or 5th youngest Coach in D1 .I’m still convinced that Haden sees a young John McKay in Kiffin,

  • chicagoCabbie

    Lane Kiffin, Everyone, not at USC hopes he stays, what does that tell you?