Originally written on Football Nation  |  Last updated 10/22/14
When Lane Kiffin abruptly announced his departure from Tennessee to take over the vacant position at Southern Cal, the Volunteer Nation experienced a collective jaw-drop. From the fans perspective, the thought was how could any coach want to leave UT for any other position? But Kiffin had a connection to Southern California. He had lived there for years and had coached there under Pete Carroll for five years before being offered the Raiders head coaching job in 2007. Kiffin knew he wanted to be the head coach at Southern Cal at some point. So much so, that during his hiring process, he made then Tennessee athletic director, Mike Hamilton aware that should the position become available, he would pursue it. In hindsight, it seems laughable that Tennessee would even consider turning over their tradition-rich program to someone who made it clear there was at least one other place he would prefer to be. Still, this was happening during Pete Carroll's amazing run at Southern Cal. A ti...
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