Lane Kiffin was never the long-term coaching solution for USC football.
Let's repeat that with the emphasis on "never."
He was an 11th-hour poker play in 2010 by former Athletic Director Mike Garrett, a desperate move to short-term save a program from the NCAA sanctions that were handed down under Garrett's arrogant watch.
Garrett fooled us all by hiring a coach under NCAA investigation at Tennessee to a school going on NCAA probation.
How brilliantly sinister!
No body thought Garret had the gall.
Never mind that Kiffin lacked the credentials or the pedigree, he was at least a not-too-distant member of Pete Carroll's old glory guard.
Kiffin was a stopgap brought in to save Garrett and, more important, a recruiting class.
One scouting service touted in Kiffin's USC media guide bio: "To the recruits and parents we've talked to, USC hired Vince Lombardi."
Garrett's career was not salvageable, but Kiffin was substitute-teacher qualified to hold together the center of a program....