Kiffin not on USC's wish list

Would cost coach $800,000 to leave

While Lane Kiffin isn't thought to be a strong candidate to take over at Southern California, his contract at Tennessee would appear to make such a move feasible.

According to the terms of his contract, the Vols' head football coach would incur an $800,000 penalty if he were to leave for another job during this off-season. Moreover, those buyouts are often paid by the school that makes the hire.

Kiffin has strong ties to USC, which is looking for a coach to replace Pete Carroll, who was hired Monday by the Seattle Seahawks as head coach.

Kiffin coached at USC from 2001 to 2006. He was hired as tight ends coach and promoted to offensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator before leaving to become head coach of the Oakland Raiders in January 2007.

Reportedly, Kiffin isn't a likely replacement for Carroll, partly because the 34-year-old has only one year of experience as a college head coach.

The Los Angeles Times reported that Oregon State coach Mike Riley was USC's first target, but Riley signed a three-year contract extension and said publicly he has no intentions of leaving Oregon State.

The Times reported that Jacksonville Jaguars head coach, Jack Del Rio, who played linebacker at USC, is the next likely target.

Steve Sarkisian, who completed his first year as head coach at Washington after leaving USC as an assistant, also is considered a candidate.

Sarkisian and Kiffin were co-coordinators at USC before Kiffin left for the NFL.

Kiffin's highly publicized NCAA issues could work against him at USC.

The Trojans are dealing with serious NCAA issues, including former tailback Reggie Bush's alleged acceptance of gifts and housing for his parents. The Trojans self-imposed penalties for their recruitment of basketball star O.J. Mayo and the alleged gifts he received while a student-athlete.

In his contract which was signed last month, Kiffin was cited with six secondary violations. UT also self-reported another possible violation to the SEC when recruiting intern Steve Rubio traveled to South Florida on a recruiting trip.

The NCAA has been looking into possible violations concerning two hostesses traveling to Duncan, S.C., to see two prospects play in a high school game. The hostess issue received extensive national exposure.

The Southern Cal opening could still cause dominoes to fall all the way to Knoxville. UT recruiting coordinator Ed Orgeron also has strong ties to USC and could be approached by whomever the Trojans hire as defensive coordinator or recruiting coordinator.

Orgeron coached at USC from 1998 to 2004 before going to Ole Miss as head coach. At USC, Orgeron coached the defensive line and was eventually named associate head coach and recruiting coordinator.

Orgeron told the News Sentinel last month that he is committed to UT despite other job openings.

USC and UT have proved they are willing to compete financially for coaches. Carroll reportedly made $4.4 million annually. Kiffin makes only $2 million per year at UT, but his assistant coaches are among the highest paid in the nation.

Kiffin has declined comment on the USC vacancy.

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back2backchamps writes:

Most Jaguar fans are hoping that Del Rio gets the USC job. If he does, the Vols may have to worry about losing coach O. Del Rio will have to get some strong recruiters, as he has been away from recruiting for a while now.

516milesfromUT writes:

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golfballs03 writes:

Not a strong candidate because he only has 1 year of experience? Sorry, I know the national media drools over USC, but they are overrated as a program. Sure they've had their good years, but they've also been miserable for a lot of years. I've heard Jeff Fisher's name dropped... you have got to be kidding me

CoverOrange writes:

What happens when a coach follows a legend? Nobody should want that job until somebody else has failed to live up to expectations. Look for Lane to be a candidate in four years.

CoachFulmer writes:

Fish will stay in Nashville. He's been on that ship too long and Bud Adams won't see him leave in his lifetime. Wouldn't be suprised if Del Rio took the job. He had an off year and probably wants a fresh start somewhere.

Thad123 writes:

I posted yesterday about the Coach O thing and got hammered for it. ESPN has been reporting that he would like to join the staff in some role. The wording of it was got me worried "that he would like to join the staff" . I hope not.

99gator writes:

in response to golfballs03:

Not a strong candidate because he only has 1 year of experience? Sorry, I know the national media drools over USC, but they are overrated as a program. Sure they've had their good years, but they've also been miserable for a lot of years. I've heard Jeff Fisher's name dropped... you have got to be kidding me

this is just an insanely bad post.

they are one of the top 10 programs in all of college football for all time.

and of those top 10......they have a much better potential for future success than notre dame, michigan, nebraska, etc, etc, etc.

volfalcon writes:

in response to back2backchamps:

Most Jaguar fans are hoping that Del Rio gets the USC job. If he does, the Vols may have to worry about losing coach O. Del Rio will have to get some strong recruiters, as he has been away from recruiting for a while now.

I believe I've heard more than one of you gator trolls say O and the VOLS staff sucked. Are you suddenly a good reference for him. Sort of ridin the fence ain't ya. Just sayin, good or bad??? Which is it???

volfalcon writes:

in response to imnotDC:

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DEEEWWW WHAAAT??? Your credibility just went into MINUS------- territory. Get a life and get out of your momma's basement. Be thankful you have a momma that love's ya. It's apparent nobody else does. Idiot!!

Stark_Vol writes:

in response to tc1:

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haha awesome

volfalcon writes:

in response to VolnotHAMILTONfan:

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Nothin but wasted air. Global warming has arrived in January. BhaaaaAaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaHaaaaaaaLOL

Bloodrunzorange writes:

Why no comment from CLK? Does he think this article is stupid to? He should come out and put this to bed fast! Go Vols!!

ProwlinAndGrowlinSmokeyDog writes:

in response to FirstAndGoal:

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I'll answer for him:The troll language is his first language!!

Madkels writes:

No one great will want that job for a few years. Why?

1) Threat of sanctions
2) Not good to follow a great coach. If you are just slightly off, especially with sanctions, the fans will eat your lunch adn make life miserable.
3) USC is no longer the only power in the PAC-10. Oregon, Oregon St., UCLA, Arizona, and now Washington have all improved or are improving. USC doesn't dominate the west coast as they did a few short years ago.

volfalcon writes:

in response to FirstAndGoal:

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TOUCHDOWN!!!! GO VOLS!!!!

USNVOL writes:

in response to imnotDC:

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Hey richardface get off your mama's computer and go back to the basement where you belong.
I bet she is proud of you, the troll with the most post on another teams site...loser!

TommyJack writes:

in response to FirstAndGoal:

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He's from Pilates.

golfballs03 writes:

in response to 99gator:

this is just an insanely bad post.

they are one of the top 10 programs in all of college football for all time.

and of those top 10......they have a much better potential for future success than notre dame, michigan, nebraska, etc, etc, etc.

CLEMSONVOL716WASBANNED writes:

in response to Bloodrunzorange:

Why no comment from CLK? Does he think this article is stupid to? He should come out and put this to bed fast! Go Vols!!

If CLK makes a comment about not being interested, everyone will bring up Nick Saban's statements about him not coaching Bama. Either way, comment or no comment, CLK has nothing to gain. So it is probably better to say nothing.

AllforTenn writes:

Why the headline, then rambling about "strong ties" and other drivel? Why even write such an article to start with?

Thad123 writes:

in response to Madkels:

No one great will want that job for a few years. Why?

1) Threat of sanctions
2) Not good to follow a great coach. If you are just slightly off, especially with sanctions, the fans will eat your lunch adn make life miserable.
3) USC is no longer the only power in the PAC-10. Oregon, Oregon St., UCLA, Arizona, and now Washington have all improved or are improving. USC doesn't dominate the west coast as they did a few short years ago.

I don't know how much that will affect this situation. Look at Steve Spurrier he took the South Carlina job after Lou Holtz had put them on probation and that was South Carolina.
IMO something is going on with coach O. Thats why they wrote this article and possibly why no comment from CLK. Here is part of what ESPN is reporting
Sources tell the L.A. Daily News' Scott Wolf that AD Mike Garrett would like former offensive coordinator Norm Chow, now at UCLA, back in Troy and that former assistant Ed Orgeron would like to rejoin the staff in some capacity. Both are now possibilities, with Jeremy Bates accepting the offensive coordinator job alongside Pete Carroll in Seattle, and Ken Norton Jr. following Carroll as linebackers coach.

ProwlinAndGrowlinSmokeyDog writes:

I think we have CLK for several more years, which will be AFTER WE HAVE SOME SUCCESS, LIKE POSSIBLY WINNING CHAMPIONSHIPS!!

King_Scuba writes:

Wasn't worried about it until I saw the "no comment" from Kiffin. Hope that doesn't mean he is being approached. I don't buy that he is not a strong candidate for the position and he doesn't make that much compared to other top name coaches.

all_vols writes:

in response to imnotDC:

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If you are not DC .... you must be another DA!!!

volfan2010dot1 writes:

After this year, I am sure Kiffin would take USC if asked, and I know most Vols know that too. But USC really doesn't need any more trouble with the NCAA so they won't offer Kiffin.

mountainbrook writes:

in response to imnotDC:

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Pending NCAA sanctions against USC will stop a lot of coaches from going there.

volfalcon writes:

in response to volfan2010dot1:

After this year, I am sure Kiffin would take USC if asked, and I know most Vols know that too. But USC really doesn't need any more trouble with the NCAA so they won't offer Kiffin.

Are you suggesting the LAINTRAIN is about to arrive??

Thad123 writes:

in response to volfan2010dot1:

After this year, I am sure Kiffin would take USC if asked, and I know most Vols know that too. But USC really doesn't need any more trouble with the NCAA so they won't offer Kiffin.

You still can't keep your word DC your not suppoed to be here for a week.

volsfan74 writes:

Do you think its possible that CLK is happy in K-Ville? And maybe he is no more interested in USC than USC is interested in him. I don't think CLK hired his dad away from the NFL to abandon him a year later. And all you CLK haters I don't want you jumping on the band wagon 2 years from now when we are in the top 5 and playing for a national championship. Support your team, coach and university or find you another team to support or not support would be more appropriate.

BSweet writes:

in response to back2backchamps:

Most Jaguar fans are hoping that Del Rio gets the USC job. If he does, the Vols may have to worry about losing coach O. Del Rio will have to get some strong recruiters, as he has been away from recruiting for a while now.

If Del Rio takes the USC job, expect the rumors of the Jags drafting Tebow and hiring Meyer as coach to heat up.

volfalcon writes:

in response to volsfan74:

Do you think its possible that CLK is happy in K-Ville? And maybe he is no more interested in USC than USC is interested in him. I don't think CLK hired his dad away from the NFL to abandon him a year later. And all you CLK haters I don't want you jumping on the band wagon 2 years from now when we are in the top 5 and playing for a national championship. Support your team, coach and university or find you another team to support or not support would be more appropriate.

DITTO! AMEN!

LCfastball writes:

Lane is wishing for a phone call, and Coach " O " is good as gone.........................

Thad123 writes:

News out of Cali is saying that it is looking like Del Rio HC, Norm Chow OC, and Ed O DC.
phooey

volfalcon writes:

in response to BSweet:

If Del Rio takes the USC job, expect the rumors of the Jags drafting Tebow and hiring Meyer as coach to heat up.

Sweet, BSweet! LOL!

snowvol writes:

in response to golfballs03:

Not a strong candidate because he only has 1 year of experience? Sorry, I know the national media drools over USC, but they are overrated as a program. Sure they've had their good years, but they've also been miserable for a lot of years. I've heard Jeff Fisher's name dropped... you have got to be kidding me

Overrated as a program? Would you like UT to be overrated like that? I would. Multiple national championships and Heisman Trophy winners in the same decade. Sure, SC has had some miserable years... but miserable for "a lot of years?" Better check your record book. The Trojans were 3-8 in 1991 and from '91 to '01, they were a combined 71-58-3. After that, when Pete Carroll arrived they were arguably the dominant program of the decade, save for this season. And before that - again, you really need to brush up on your facts. From 1972 to 1990 alone, SC's record was 168-53-7.

Care to go all the way back to 1888? USC has had 19 losing seasons. 19. The numbers don't lie. Yeah, give me UT teams with those kinds of numbers. That's "miserable" I could live with.

LCfastball writes:

in response to BSweet:

If Del Rio takes the USC job, expect the rumors of the Jags drafting Tebow and hiring Meyer as coach to heat up.

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volfalcon writes:

in response to Thad123:

News out of Cali is saying that it is looking like Del Rio HC, Norm Chow OC, and Ed O DC.
phooey

Link?

volfalcon writes:

in response to volfalcon:

Link?

Sorry, I didn't see Phooey.

Thad123 writes:

in response to volfalcon:

Sorry, I didn't see Phooey.

No i meant phooey like i dont want this to be happening. Here is one link but if you just start googling(i dont know if thats a word but you get my point) it is all coming up as of 5 minutes ago.
http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/...

99gator writes:

in response to FirstAndGoal:

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my post had nothing to do with lane kiffin and any possible interest, either way, in the southern cal opening.

my post was meant to convey that USC has been one hell of a football program for a long time and not overrated as someone suggested.

i'm sorry if this offends you, but as of right now, i ain't worried about lane kiffin and tennessee. i ain't worried about richt and georgia. i ain't worried about miles and the bayou bengals.

i am worried about the crimson elephant out in tuscaloosa.

99gator writes:

in response to golfballs03:

they are overrated.
http://www.forbes.com/2009/12/22/most...

yes, but what does that have to do with the price of tea in china?

Thad123 writes:

in response to volfalcon:

Sorry, I didn't see Phooey.

volsoutlaw writes:

SEC vs. PAC 10= SEC winner

Tennessee is a top 10 coaching program, with facilities and financial clout to match any college program of equal comparison.

USC was nothing prior to Carrol, and all his assistants made him look better than he really was alone. Just look at each assistant and where they are now.

tdvol1989 writes:

Regardless of exactly what happens with Coach O, it is ROTTEN timing. I am sure there are some recruits that will be shaken just by the discussion. And, as we have already seen, we have some On, then Off, now Back On commitments. And, it is critical that we put at least 2 or 3 more Top 10 Classes together to stablize the talent.

I think we all agree that it is ok to have some turnover at the Asst. Coach level, but this really is too much and it is getting late in the game. We do not want to be the last team hunting for coaches RIGHT BEFORE signing day. I remember the pre-game discussion for the bowl game mentioning how long Beamer's staff had been together. It does show in the preparedness and consistency. We could use some of that just for awhile.

I am a HUGE SUPPORTER of Coach Kiffin, but I just do not think he has been here long enough to fall in love with Knoxville or the SEC. I have some West Coast friends and they never seem to accept the South as a place as good. I wish Coach K would embrace the tradition and fans like Coach Pearl and make it a long stay. My only complaint potentially with Coach K is that he may not view UT as a Big Time Program. Yeah, most of us are Die Hards and given the chance, would NEVER coach anywhere else.

He probably isn't a candidate now, but losing Coach O would be a real setback. I am sure Kiffin can find someone else, but maybe not in time to get the deal inked with some of our recruits.

Mule_Days_King writes:

in response to volfan2010dot1:

After this year, I am sure Kiffin would take USC if asked, and I know most Vols know that too. But USC really doesn't need any more trouble with the NCAA so they won't offer Kiffin.

"If Powell commits to UF, I won't post for a week."

-DC10point0

Liar, liar pants on fire. Hang your and Urba Mya's credibility on a wire.

sm1 writes:

Just to set the record straight for anyone who does not consider Southern Cal to be (historically) a very good football team.

Southern Cal has 11 national championships. Southern Cal's all time record vs. teams which are now in the SEC is 15-10-1. The only SEC teams to have an all-time winning record vs. USC are Alabama (5-2-0) and Florida (1-0-1). The series between Southern Cal and South Carolina is tied at one win apiece, and the same is true for USC's all time series with LSU. Tennessee is 0-4 all time vs. USC; Georgia is 0-3; Arkansas and Auburn are both 1-2 all time vs. the Trojans.

I remember back in 2003 an Auburn player predicting a big win for Auburn against USC; USC won quite handily, 23-0.

And I personally believe that in 2008, USC vs. Florida would have been a much better game than Florida vs. Oklahoma.

Of course, the caliber of the 2009 USC team has dropped off a bit, but they are still a good team.

Thad123 writes:

La times reports it is Jack DEl rios job. This is really bad news for UT. It sounds like it is etheir Ed O or the def cord from Notre Dame. Even possible that Ed O goes without the DC job. This sucks

Thad123 writes:

I have backed Kiffin since he got here but if this is true and I mean that he was talking to USC about this job he can go somewhere else I am done and i dont't want to hear no comment. Here is the link
http://www.pasadenastarnews.com/ci_14...

teampenny#658108 writes:

in response to mountainbrook:

Pending NCAA sanctions against USC will stop a lot of coaches from going there.

How involved is LK in the Bush stuff?

Volman66 writes:

Typical KNS... Trying to make something out of nothing and get the fan base all fired-up for all the wrong reasons. CLK has not been considered by USC but KNS wants you to believe he is already packing his bags. Now if they did offer him the job I am sure that would be hard for him to turn down but I don't see it happening.

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