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Lane Kiffin to USC? What's next, Blagojevich to the White House?

GAINESVILLE -- Here's what freshly retired Kentucky coach Rich Brooks wrote via Twitter on Tuesday night when he learned Lane Kiffin leveled Rocky Top: "How crazy is this profession! I have seen it all now!"

Rich, my man, you got out at the right time. College football, at this special moment of its existence, needs three things: 1) straight jacket; 2) padded cell; 3) Thorazine drip. Lane Kiffin to Southern Cal? Are you kidding me? Lane Kiffin is college football's Josh Baskin. You know Josh Baskin. He's the dork who dropped his quarter into Zoltar's mouth and got his wish to be "big."

So, Baskin is now coaching USC. That's just great. What's next? Blagojevich to the White House?

On Tuesday night, Florida coach Urban Meyer seemed just as shocked as the common football fan about the breaking news of Kiffin's exit from Tennessee. Meyer and wife Shelley stood courtside during the first half of the Gators' basketball game against Kentucky on Tuesday night. No.2 Kentucky defeated Florida 89-77. At one point, Meyer sent a pair of hand signals -- 'U' and 'T' -- along with a big smile across the court to athletics director Jeremy Foley, who was seated on press row.

Should Meyer be smiling about this news? Well, yeah. Meyer likes Kiffin just about as much as Tupac liked Biggie or Space Ghost liked Spider Woman, so Meyer probably isn't too sad to see Kiffin out of the SEC. Immediately, Meyer might be able to lure a recruit or two away from Tennessee. See: linebacker Michael Taylor of Atlanta, Ga. Long term, however, Kiffin's departure from Tennessee could affect the Gators negatively. How so? Well, it's just my opinion, but Meyer was never going to be out-coached or out-recruited by Kiffin while he was at Tennessee. It will be interesting to see who Tennessee hires. Texas defensive coordinator Will Muschamp is apparently Tennessee's No.1 target. Is Muschamp ready to be a head coach? Was Kiffin? If I'm a Tennessee supporter, trading Kiffin for Muschamp seems like an upgrade.

There's also another dynamic to this story to consider. How will Kiffin's move to Southern Cal affect the Gators' 2010 recruiting class? Kiffin is putting together a talented coaching staff at USC. Monte Kiffin will be the defensive coordinator. Ed Orgeron will be the recruiting coordinator. Norm Chow will be the offensive coordinator. That's an all-star cast. Expect Orgeron and Kiffin to go hard after Florida recruit Ronald Powell, the defensive end who orally committed to Florida during the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. And if you didn't think college football recruiting was a slimy business already, check out this story. LINK! 

Powell is from Southern California and might reconsider sticking around. Personally, I doubt Powell de-commits from Florida. He has stated publicly that he wants to get out of the Los Angeles area and likes the college-town vibe of Gainesville. Plus, he loves Meyer.

While Powell will be a long shot for Kiffin's staff, one upper-crust recruit has apparently already signed on with Kiffin. Receiver Kyle Prater was reportedly considering Florida after Pete Carroll left for the NFL, but not anymore. He's enrolling early at USC to play for Josh Baskin.

QUOTE OF THE NIGHT
A large crowd of shocked Tennessee students gathered outside the Vols' football offices on Tuesday night to express their displeasure with Kiffin's sudden move to Southern Cal. UT defensive end Ben Martin was among the students and yelled a suggestion to a Knoxville News Sentinel reporter.  

"Call Phil," said Martin, referring to former UT coach Phillip Fulmer. "Get him his [expletive] job back."

That, of course, would Rocky Top all.

-jo-

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"Long term, however, Kiffin's departure from Tennessee could affect the Gators negatively."

I'm all for theories, but that one is about as solid as early Tour De France riders smoking cigarettes and theorizing that the smoke opened their airways. Bad science Goodnan.

Kiffin has earned a place right up there with Butch Davis and Petrino in the credibility department. Congrats on locking down Prater, Lame. I wouldn't count that egg till it hatches. I doubt anyone in Gator Nation, especially Meyer, is too worried about Powell jumping to USC with looming sanctions and and a snake oil HC. We did exceedingly well in Cali.

I too support all the Florida schools when it does not affect UM.

Posted by: Sarasota 'cane | July 15, 2009 at 11:00 PM


Kind of like when you attacked Meyer and joked over and over that "he almost died." Nice work two faced Sarasota SCUMBAG. Not that anyone ever bought that line of sh#t. I've seen piles of dog krapp with more dignity than you fella.

Under Armour All-American and four-star outside linebacker Michael Taylor (Atlanta, Ga./Westlake) told the Orlando Sentinel he was decommitting from UT upon learning that Lane Kiffin was leaving to USC...

... and just before midnite last night he commited to the Florida Gators.

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UAAA Black Team MVP - DE Easly

UAAA White TEAM MVP - LB Taylor

ARMY White Team MVP - DE Powell

ARMY Black Team MVP - WR McCartney

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3 Scholies Left ?

OT - Henderson

LB - Hicks

WR's - Ivan McCartney or Adrian Coxson

Final Trio or Quartet ?

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Michael Taylor 6-1-200 4.5 ... Same Size, Speed and Motor as Ray Lewis out of High School... Check this film. RELENTLESS Pursuit.

http://insider.espn.go.com/ncf/recruiting/tracker/player?recruitId=82941&season=2010&action=login&appRedirect=http%3a%2f%2finsider.espn.go.com%2fncf%2frecruiting%2ftracker%2fplayer%3frecruitId%3d82941%26season%3d2010

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Adrian Coxson 6-1/200 4.4 with a little Percy Slot wiggle in him but w/ Size. (just decomitted from Penn St.- down to Florida @ Georgia... hmmm I wonder now that Prater is staying & McCartney unsure... or Both ?)

http://insider.espn.go.com/ncf/recruiting/tracker/player?recruitId=79156&season=2010&action=login&appRedirect=http%3a%2f%2finsider.espn.go.com%2fncf%2frecruiting%2ftracker%2fplayer%3frecruitId%3d79156%26season%3d2010

Don't you mean weird science? I don't think it's very hard to understand why Kiffin long term at UT would have been a good for Florida. Would you rather want Gomer Pyle leading your archenemy's army or General Patton?

-jo-

Kiffin long term at UT was good for UF. He spent a long grueling 14 months there and set them back a couple of years easily. Okay so he's not exactly in Paterno territory but he did go through 2 recruiting cycles which is a long time in any hungry program. What's left? 7-6 and a decimated recruiting classs. Ashes.

I followed the reasoning Jo. I just think it's a leap to assume that they will bring in "Patton." Kiffin's departure doesn't guarantee they'll get a solid guy even if it is the premier conference with a big time program. If they were dumb enough to buy into Kiffin who knows who they bring in next. Meyers and Sabans don't grow on trees.

That depends jo. As long as Patton wasent "juiced" up on prozac.

Well, they already had one general there. Never underestimate your opponent, young grasshoppers.

-jo-

IF PETE CARROL AND HIS SUCCESSFUL STAFF COULD NOT LEAD POWELL AWAY, CERTAINLY THERE ARE NO BETTER REASONS TO GO TO USC WITH KIFFIN THERE NOW! IF ANYTHING, THEY ARE THE JOKE OF THE NCAA. ALL I HAVE TO SAY IS KIFFIN MUST HAVE AN AMAZING LINE OF CRAP HE SPEAKS! HE HAS DONE NOTHING AND BEEN HIRED BY THE RAIDERS, UT AND NOW USC...ALL THE WHOLE COMPILING LIKE A 12 - 21 RECORD AND MAKING THE ORGANIZATION HE WORKED FOR LOOK BAD. AL DAVID, WHO IS NO SWEETHEART, CALL KIFFEN A "BIF LIAR"........UT FANS TAKE HEART...THIS GUY DID YOU A FAVOR BY LEAVING....MORE WOE WAS COMING....

Jo, they are hiring LK's staff, NOT him. They should now pay Lane to stay away from the coaches and players meetings. He'll only screw it up...

I don't think Chow is coming.

I came up with a theory as to why in the world USC hired LK. It is not tied to his current recruiting or his win loss record........it's tied to the NCAA investigation of USC. And no I don't think MR. secondary recruiting violation will help USC gain credibility with the NCAA (as in hey NCAA we hired this gold star follow the rules type guy so please take it easy on us). Aside from Pete Carrol and his current/past USC staff were does the largest concentration of coaching that had/has direct knowledge of how high profile kids were recruited to USC in the past?!?!Maybe LK (as USC offensive coordinator) and his UT staff?!? So my conspiracy theory is this LK actually black mailed his way into the USC job. LK has some issues that are catching up to him at UT (TMZ is on the case...Lexus...crash....booze....coeds)and he wanted out. The USC job came open he wanted it so he calls USC and says hire me or I'll let the past recruiting cats out of the bag the USC folks hire him to keep a lid on the NCAA issues and keep LK quite about what he and his staff was involved with previously at USC. Crazy (possibly), stupid (maybe), but it works just as well as saying he was hired as head coach to a top notch program due to his outstanding coaching pedigree or his extensive resume'.

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