Originally written on Fox Sports West  |  By L.A. TIMES  |  Last updated 9/29/13
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....
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