Southern Cal could barely wait for the football team to get home from Tempe, Ariz., Sunday morning, to fire Lane Kiffin as the head coach. They whacked him when he got off the bus back in Los Angeles, around 4:30 a.m. Pacific time, after his team gave up 62 points to Arizona State.[The fans, as the above video shows, wanted him gone weeks ago].
It’s the third time he’s gotten the premature boot from a team, an amazing feat for a 38-year-old.
Almost as impressive as getting three major head-coaching jobs by the time you’re 38 years old.
But USC, where he lasted three seasons and five games, has no one to blame but themselves.
USC got what was coming to them, because the Oakland Raiders and Al Davis had shown the world what Kiffin was all about. Yes, they rushed to make him a head coach for the first time themselves, when he was just 31. But they also rushed to get rid of him, after one season and four games (and a 5-15 record).
And they showed that Kiffin didn’t deserve the usual pleasantries and politeness under the circumstances, either. At least USC learned from that. Davis put him on blast, mincing no words: the coach he was dumping, he declared, was “a flat-out liar.”’
So, USC, you pulled the plug fast, and you didn’t pull it gently. But what made you want to hire him in the first place? In hindsight, Al Davis wasn’t as flaky in his final years as we all thought he was. He had Lane Kiffin’s number before everybody else did.