Found December 06, 2011 on Crystal Ball Run:
As hard as it might be to remember now, it wasn’t all that long ago that the relationship between Lane Kiffin and USC seemed to be a bit fractured. It was just four months ago that college football’s most controversial coach was coming off an 8-5 first season in Troy, and after narrow wins over Minnesota and Utah to open the year, and a loss at Arizona State, many wondered if Kiffin was cut out for the long-term. The Trojans players- many of which had been recruited by the previous regime- seemed to have tuned Kiffin out, and there were rumblings that the coach might’ve even been spatting behind the scenes with his boss, Athletics Director Pat Haden. As you may remember, Hayden didn’t hire Kiffin, but instead inherited him. The person who hired Kiffin was Hayden’s predecessor, Mike Garrett. But as they say, “winning cures everything,” and winning is certainly something USC did plenty of in the second half of the year. The Trojans won seven of their final eight games, including a...
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