USC officials asked Lane Kiffin to get off the team bus Sunday morning, then they told him to stay off. It may be the most popular firing in college football history.
What happened on the LAX tarmac has sent waves of snickering and schadenfreude throughout the land. And why not?
Kiffin left a trail of anger and bewilderment everywhere he's been. Anger over his behavior. Bewilderment over why he was hired in the first place.
You can fool some of the people all of the time. Based on his resume, Kiffin should have fooled enough to be an assistant coach at a Big Sky school by now. Or maybe pumping gas in South Carolina, which is what Kiffin once told Alshon Jeffery he'd end up doing he didn't sign with Tennessee.
Kiffin undoubtedly had one valuable coaching trait - luck. But he mistook his good fortune for ability. Kiffin was such a master of Failing Up, he was probably the only one surprised at what happened after USC's charter landed.
It turns out Lucky Lane really was on the hot...