With everything that has gone on at USC this season, it was just a matter of time before rumblings about Lane Kiffin possibly losing job began to surface. It seems like every single week, there has been controversy surrounding the program. Add to the fact that USC has underachieved based on their lofty preseason expectations and you knew someone was going to write that Kiffin’s job could be in jeopardy.
And today, that someone is Bill Plaschke of the Los Angeles Times and he’s written that the future of Lane Kiffin as the head coach at USC is in “real doubt.”
On the field, this team with unbeaten talent is 6-3 while gaining national recognition mostly for reckless penalties and questionable play-calling.
Off the field, Kiffin has dragged the team through an array of distractions and ethics dilemmas that have tarnished the athletic department’s sterling post-probation image cultivated by Athletic Director Pat Haden.
Kiffin was not hired by Haden, and there is now real doubt about his ability to keep his job beyond this season as the department sinks deeper into embarrassment. Kiffin was a Mike Garrett guy, and there are indications that Haden is ready to rid the program of the last traces of that legacy. As always, winning solves everything, and it appears Kiffin is going to have to do plenty of it in these final three regular-season games.
Like, maybe, win all of them?
Uh oh, Kiffin.