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    Sorry...I just cant stop laughing at this. Lane Kiffin is leaving UT after ONE unsuccessful year and now moving on to USC!

    Kiffin bolts Tennessee to coach USC

    Tennessee's Lane Kiffin has been named the next head coach at Southern California, athletic director Mike Garrett announced on Tuesday.

    Kiffin replaces Pete Carroll, who jumped to the NFL as coach of the Seattle Seahawks.

    "This was not an easy decision," he said Tuesday night, reading a brief statement on Tennessee's campus. "This is something that happens very quick. We've been here 14 months, and the support has been unbelievable here. I really believe the only place I would have left here to go was ... Southern California."

    The hiring was first reported by ESPN.com.

    "We are really excited to welcome Lane Kiffin back to USC," Garrett said in a statement. "I was able to watch him closely when he was an assistant with us and what I saw was a bright, creative young coach who I thought would make an excellent head coach here if the opportunity ever arose. I'm confident he and his staff will keep USC football performing at the high level that we expect."

    Kiffin, the former Oakland Raiders coach, led the Volunteers for only one season.

    Kiffin has been on the move of late. He was 7-6 in his one season at Tennessee and 5-15 in one-plus seasons with the Raiders before being fired in September 2008.

    He was a member of the USC coaching staff from 2001 to '06, first as wide receivers coach and then as offensive coordinator under Carroll.

    Kiffin's contract calls for him to pay a $800,000 buyout for leaving Tennessee after only one season.

    "Those payments shall be made in monthly installments over a 36-month period," the contract reads. It was not immediately clear if USC would pay any of that sum.

    In another part of the blockbuster staff changes, a deal is being worked on in hopes of bringing longtime offensive coordinator Norm Chow back to USC in the same capacity, sources close to the school told ESPN's Shelley Smith.

    The current UCLA offensive coordinator held that position with USC from 2001-04. He was also the coordinator at Brigham Young from 1973-99, at NC State in 2000 and with the Tennessee Titans from 2005-07.

    Kiffin will bring his father and defensive coordinator, Monte Kiffin, and assistant head coach and recruiting coordinator Ed Orgeron to Southern California with him.

    Tennessee wide receivers coach Kippy Brown, who joined Kiffin's staff less than four weeks ago, will be named interim coach of the Volunteers. He had been given the opportunity to follow Kiffin to USC as well, sources told ESPN.com's Chris Low.

    Orgeron was with the Trojans for seven seasons before becoming the head coach at Mississippi and then an assistant with the New Orleans Saints.

    Lane and Monte Kiffin and Orgeron will hold a news conference on Wednesday at 7 p.m. ET in the Heritage Hall Varsity Lounge at USC.

    Some USC players were excited about the hiring of Kiffin.

    "It's great news," starting quarterback Matt Barkley told ESPNLosAngeles.com's Steve Mason. "I remember meeting Kiff way back on the recruiting trail when I was a freshman in high school. I liked him when I met him. I like that he knows how to live and breathe the Trojan way."

    Barkley, who was tapped by Carroll to start as a true freshman and helped lead the team to a 9-4 record and a victory in the Emerald Bowl on Dec. 26, also expressed relief that there will be stability in terms of offensive system.

    "It's comforting to know that not a lot is going to change," Barkley said. "Kiff will have his own way of doing things, but I'm glad the offense isn't going to be a whole lot different."

    Running back Marc Tyler is also on board.

    "This is really good," he told ESPNLosAngeles.com. "Lane is great. He's got a lot of energy. I talked to him and coach [Steve] Sarkisian all the time when I was coming in. This is really good."

    When told Orgeron was coming with Kiffin, he said, "Wow, Really? That's awesome too."

    Garrett had been quiet about the hiring process until dropping this bombshell.

    "Lane brings a lot to the table," Garrett said. "He has a coaching background both in the pros and in the best collegiate conferences. He has a great command of the X's and O's. He is familiar with the Trojan landscape and will be a great representative of our university. He keeps the game fun. And, very importantly, he has proven to be one of the finest recruiters anywhere."

    The 34-year-old Kiffin is one of Carroll's top disciples from his nine-year tenure at USC. Kiffin, a former Fresno State quarterback, worked his way up to offensive coordinator in 2005 while also showing impressive recruiting skills.

    For two seasons, he shared responsibility for the Trojans' offense with fellow longtime Carroll assistant Sarkisian, who left USC to take over at Washington after the 2008 season.

    Although Kiffin's forceful personality didn't make him a beloved figure among players or administrators, he was a key part of the Trojans' best years under Carroll, coordinating their passing game and providing instruction to quarterbacks Matt Leinart and John David Booty.

    Kiffin then became Al Davis' unusual choice to take over the Raiders as a 31-year-old coach with almost no NFL experience. He made it through just 20 games before an ugly public firing in which Davis called Kiffin a liar who brought "disgrace" on the Raiders.

    Kiffin was the youngest head coach in the Football Bowl Subdivision last season, but he also brought an unwelcome spotlight on the Vols with several minor NCAA violations.

    "I know that I can walk out of here and say this, that we've been here for 14 months and there's not one day I didn't give everything I had to the Tennessee football program," Kiffin said. "We're leaving here 14 months later a lot better team than we were 14 months ago."

    Kiffin certainly didn't sound ready to leave after Tennessee's season ended with a loss to Virginia Tech in the Chick-fil-A Bowl, saying the Vols were "just getting started" -- but the Trojans didn't have a vacancy then.

    Kiffin told his players about his abrupt departure moments before reading his statement.

    "I want to thank coach Kiffin for his work with our program this past year," Tennessee athletic director Mike Hamilton said. "We have already begun a search for the new head football coach of the Tennessee Volunteers, and we'll complete this process as quickly as possible to put the right person in place to lead our great football program forward in the months and years ahead."

    Kiffin returns to USC with the school facing a years-long NCAA investigation over events during his tenure as an assistant, including Reggie Bush's final years at the school.

    Kiffin was suggested as a candidate immediately after Carroll's departure became official Sunday, but many Trojans thought he wouldn't be willing or able to leave Tennessee after just one year. Several coaches with USC ties said they weren't interested in the job, including NFL coaches Jeff Fisher and Jack Del Rio and Oregon State coach Mike Riley.

    [HIGH-LIGHT]Monte Kiffin will lend his defensive acumen to a school that annually fielded an impressive defense under Carroll, while Orgeron is likely to return to his role as the Trojans' best recruiter who helped stack Carroll's early USC teams with a dizzying array of topflight talent.[/HIGH-LIGHT]

    "Ed did a marvelous job during his previous time at USC, and we all know that Monte is a defensive guru," Garrett said. "I know Lane will fill out his staff with other outstanding assistants like them, ones who Trojan players and fans will really like."

    When asked for a comment on Kiffin leaving rival Tennessee for USC, Florida coach Urban Meyer told ESPN.com Tuesday night, "No."

    A Florida university undercover police officer, accompanying Meyer at the Florida-Kentucky game, said the coach would have no further comment on the matter.

    Meyer was accompanied by his wife, Shelley, and watched the first half of the game in the tunnel area just off the court at the O'Connell Center floor. For most of the first half, Meyer was talking to New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, who also attended the game.

    Chris Low covers the SEC for ESPN.com. Information from ESPN.com senior writer Andy Katz and The Associated Press was used in this report.
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    Sorry...I just cant stop laughing at this. Lane Kiffin is leaving UT after ONE unsuccessful year and now moving on to USC!
    GOD, SHOOT ME DEAD!!!

    KIFFIN IS AN *******, AND I'VE ALWAYS HATED HIM!!!

    I NOW DENOUNCE ALL RESPECT FOR USC!!!

    EXCUSE ME WHILE I RUN THE NOOSE OVER MY BALCONY!!!

    WORST... DAY... EVER... !!!
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    AAAaaarrrrggggghhhhhh!!!!!!!!!

    I am sick to my stomach!!!!!!
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    At least you got Ed Orgeron back...pray for no more NCAA violations.
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    I feel bad for ya man...
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    This post must be a joke? Something is amiss here.

    USC would have to be out of their ****ing minds to hire that jackass, underachieving, ******bag to coach the team.

    If they are about to get hammered for rules violations then why in the hell would they hire "infraction boy" as their coach?

    On the other hand, things may be looking up for ASU. Now that USC will perennially suck! Maybe ASU can get some of the players that would have gone to USC.

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    If this were a movie script,people would laugh and say how far fetched this is. I'm speechless!!!
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    Kiffin's a piece of trash.

    I was ok with him at Tennessee and hoped that he did well, since I think he got a raw deal in Oakland.

    This though, leaving after one year, is a complete farce.

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    Maybe the NCAA wont sanction USC...they will see that they are punishing themselves by hiring Kiffin.

    I, like some others, felt that Kiffin got a raw deal in Oakland...but now? Leaving a program after 1 year...leaving kids he recruited basically screwed? That's just not fair at all.
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    Maybe the NCAA wont sanction USC...they will see that they are punishing themselves by hiring Kiffin.

    [HIGH-LIGHT]I, like some others, felt that Kiffin got a raw deal in Oakland[/HIGH-LIGHT]...but now? Leaving a program after 1 year...leaving kids he recruited basically screwed? That's just not fair at all.
    I know Al Davis is a senil old man,but I'm starting to think he was right about this guy.
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    A college coach can quit or leave an the kids that were recruited by that coach are stuck for a year. Nothing like being held accountable for your actions. Unless the NCAA has stricter rules either not allowing coaches to dump on the recuits & their the school they leave behind or allow the players to leave if a coach bails expect the same pattern of behavior.

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    A college coach can quit or leave an the kids that were recruited by that coach are stuck for a year. Nothing like being held accountable for your actions. Unless the NCAA has stricter rules either not allowing coaches to dump on the recuits & their the school they leave behind or allow the players to leave if a coach bails expect the same pattern of behavior.
    I think FBS coaches should be unable to have "out" clauses in their contracts except for possible professional coaching jobs. Why? That would prevent coaches from cutting and running to another FBS school and leaving their kids basically screwed.
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    I think FBS coaches should be unable to have "out" clauses in their contracts except for possible professional coaching jobs. Why? That would prevent coaches from cutting and running to another FBS school and leaving their kids basically screwed.

    Better yet, if a player transfers to another school in D-I, then he has to sit out a year, I say you make it like that for coaches.

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    I'll take it a step further... No "out" whatsoever...

    Go with the attitude that "you want to coach here, and we want you."... "While you are here, you cannot entertain any other offers. Period."... "Accept these terms, or don't come here."

    As much as I hate to say it, little "***-boy" Kiffin might be assembling a good staff it it all pans-out... But I still hate him.

    ... Will be interesting if Norm Chow ends up returning to USC as well.
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    THERE ARE NO DESTINATION JOBS ANYMORE!
    ... But there are destination wives. Lane Kiffin does have one of those.



    Lost in all the hoopla surrounding the shocking announcement that Lane Kiffin is headed out to Los Angeles to be the head coach at the University of Southern California is the fact that his wife, Layla, will be coming with him.

    Mrs. Kiffin quickly became an internet sensation after her husband was introduced as the head coach at the University of Tennessee last year. And yeah, its pretty easy to tell why people love her. Shes hot. Incredibly hot. And shes already pumped out three kids and still looks great.

    Get this woman a Song Girls outfit pronto!
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