After Southern Cal came up just short in last week's highly competitive defensive showdown with Mike Leach's explosive WSU Cougars, many Southern Cal faithful were questioning the direction of the program under Coach Lane Kiffin. Some were even calling for him to be replaced. However, replacing Coach Kiffin would be a huge mistake for Southern Cal.
As an initial matter, most Southern Cal fans have distorted and unrealistic expectations about the attractiveness of the Southern Cal head coaching job. Jeff Fisher? Right... I hate to break the news to Southern Cal fans, but Nick Saban isn't walking though that door any time soon.
Southern Cal AD Pat Haden believes in Coach Kiffin. You may or may not have known that Pat Haden is a former SC QB and Rhodes Scholar. How can Southern Cal fan seriously question his credentials on this matter?
As Bruins, we cherish our rivalry with Southern Cal. When we beat them, we want to beat them at their very best. To be at their best, Southern Cal must retain Coach Kiffin. Below are a few reasons why Coach Kiffin is the best fit for Southern Cal despite their rough start.
Coach Kiffin has done a masterful job in strategically guiding Southern Cal through the NCAA sanction years. He's been able to load up on skill players despite significant scholarship restrictions. Skill players make the game more exciting, which puts butts in the seats in the Coliseum.
Coach Kiffin needs more time to develop Cody Kessler and Max Wittik. It's widely accepted in coaching circles that Coach Kiffin is a quarterback guru. The uber talented freshman Max Browne is waiting in the wings to become the next Leinart/ Sanchez/ Barkley.
Coach Kiffin has a style that is uniquely Southern Cal.
These are just a few of the reasons why Coach Kiffin is the right guy for Southern Cal going forward. If you have more reasons, add them to the comments below.