On January 23rd, 2007, the Oakland Raiders made Lane Kiffin the youngest head coach in modern NFL history. He had spent 6 seasons at USC; 1 as the tight end’s coach, 3 coaching the wide receivers, and 2 more as the offensive coordinator. He was later fired by the Raiders, hired by the University of Tennessee, and rehired by USC as the successor to Pete Carroll who had left for the NFL. In the process he drew the ire of Raider owner Al Davis, alienated SEC coaching legends, and put himself squarely in the crosshairs of the entire “Volunteer State.” What’s the significance? It makes him the ideal coach for a school and team nice enough to bless us with their presence.
That’s right, it is USC’s world and we should be honored that they include us in it. If this was a teenage “rom-com,” the Trojans would be Mike Dexter from Can’t Hardly Wait, Taylor Vaughan of She’s All That, or Steve Stifler in American Pie. The guy or girl who thinks they’re inherently “it,” until someone