Kiffin leaves Tennessee after 1 year for USC

After several days of speculation and rumors , USC has finally chosen a new head football coach. Lane Kiffen, who spent the last year at the University of Tennessee, will accept the job to become the new head coach at USC. He will succeed former head coach, Pete Carroll, who left USC earlier this week to accept a job with the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks.

Ever since Carroll took the Seahawks position, questions and rumors circulated as to who was going to take over as head coach at USC. Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio denied being offered the position after rumors circulated USC had been in touch with him about the open position. Washington head coach Steve Sarkisian was also rumored to be a candidate for the open position, however, Sarkisian told reporters he was never contacted by school officials. With the hiring of Kiffen, the rumors have been put to an end and USC is looking to move forward.

USC wasted no time in hiring Kiffen, who already has ties with the school. Kiffen was on Pete Carroll’s coaching staff from 2001-2006 and served as an offensive quarter towards the end of his tenure. Kiffen left USC to a head coaching position with the NFL’s Oakland Raiders. After one plus seasons with the Raiders, Kiffen was fired and then took the head coaching position at the University of Tennessee.

Even though Kiffen was 7-6 in his first year at Tennessee, it’s not much of a surprise that USC choose him to fill the vacant position. Kiffen is familiar with what Carroll built up at USC, the way the school recruits players and how to win in the Pac-10. Kiffen will inherit a team that is already loaded with talent and should be able to adjust quickly. USC didn’t have much time to waste in looking for a new head coach and decided to go with someone who understood and has worked with the program before.

Kiffin leaves Tennessee after 1 year for USC

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~ by jeffrsabo on January 13, 2010.

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