When USC coach Lane Kiffin, asked about his job security following Saturday's 38-28 loss to UCLA, casually mentioned that university higher-ups told him he would be back next season, it was as if everyone in the room arched an eyebrow in unison.
Kiffin, who was called a "flat-out liar" by Al Davis when he was fired by the Raiders, had earlier this season told reporters he had not voted USC No. 1 in the USA Today preseason poll. When the poll voters were released, Kiffin indeed had.
So, now, after the Trojans lost their fourth game of a season in which turnovers, penalties and special-teams snafus have been accompanied by the familiar litany of antics under Kiffin, such a bold proclamation with the nationally televised game against unbeaten Notre Dame next week required confirmation from athletic director Pat Haden.
Unfortunately for Kiffin, that credibility problem extends beyond what comes out of his mouth. Questions about whether he could coach his brief stints with...