Found August 14, 2012 on BeyondUSports:

Kiffin Removes His Vote from the Coaches Poll

On Monday, Lane Kiffin announced that he will no longer vote in the USA Today Coaches’ Poll.

This news come a few days after the people who run the poll disclosed that Kiffin had lied to the public with respect to his vote.  Kiffin had told media outlets that he didn’t vote to make the Trojans number one in the poll.  In an unprecedented move, the newspaper revealed that Kiffin did indeed vote his team first in his rankings.

Of his decision, Kiffin said,

“It is an opportunity and responsibility that I do not take lightly.  However, I find it necessary to relinquish my voting status.”

Chalk this one up to Lane Kiffin just being Lane Kiffin, the man that logic forgot.  Of course, nothing he’s said since this so-called scandal broke has made any sense.

When originally confronted with his apparent lie, Kiffin had to backtrack, claiming that the Trojans are at a disadvantage in terms of scholarships and that he meant that he would not have voted for the Trojans had he been the coach of another program.

He continued,

“So looking at it from the outside, I wouldn’t (vote USC No. 1). Did I? Yeah, I did. That’s not based off of 75 vs. 85 (scholarships). That’s based off of (quarterback) Matt Barkley, (safety) T.J. McDonald and (wide receivers) Robert Woods and Marquis Lee. When everybody has the same record, I can’t go into a meeting with our players and have them say, ‘You put that team and that team ahead of us.’ That’s why I did that.”

Other than this embarrassing gaffe by Kiffin, much has been going well for the USC program. After being left in shambles by former coach Peter Carroll, Kiffin has turned the program around to the point where many think USC will be the team to beat this season.

Kiffin’s addition of former Penn State running back Silas Redd to the team certainly won’t hurt that notion.

It’s truly a shame that for all of the good work Kiffin has done restoring the program, people will now only want to talk about insignificant actions like this one.  Not being the only coach in L.A. willing to put his foot in his mouth, however, should work in his favor.  Watching Kiffin and UCLA’s Jim Mora try to one up each other with inane comments may be one of the more exciting aspects of the college football season.

Lane Kiffin/Photo Credit: The Los Angeles Times

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