Donnie Webb posits an interesting theory today...could soon-to-be-fired Raiders Coach Lane Kiffin be the man for the soon-to-be-available Syracuse head coaching job? The facts:
- Kiffin was offensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator for USC.
- DOCTOR Daryl Gross worked at USC at the same time.
- Kiffen has head coaching experience and his record is more indicative of the dysfunctional organization then his own abilities.
This is second hand info to pass along, but I've heard Kiffin would be interested in the SU job. And if he came, he might bring along his father, Monte Kiffin, to coach the defense. Monte Kiffin is the defensive coordinator of the NFL's Tampa Bay Bucs. Monte Kiffin is also a mentor to Greg Robinson.At 33, Kiffin would certainly bring a different perspective to the Orange. Yes, we're getting WAAAAY ahead of ourselves here but if you need something to get fired up about, peep these nuggets of goodness from Kiffin's official Raider's bio (before Al Davis has it destroyed from permanent record):
I know, it was at USC and not Temple. But still...
In 2005, he was promoted to offensive and recruiting coordinator while continuing as the wide receivers coach [at USC]. In Kiffin’s three years as recruiting coordinator at USC, the Trojans had the No. 1-ranked recruiting class in college football every year. Under Kiffin’s leadership in 2006, the Trojans finished first in the Pac-10 in passing efficiencyIn 2005, Kiffin was named one of the nation’s top-25 recruiters and served as offensive coordinator of an offense that ranked in the top six nationally in every offensive category — including first in total offense (579.8 yards per game), second in scoring offense (49.1) and set Pac-10 records for total yardage, first downs, points scored, touchdowns and PATs.
by averaging 142.8 yards per game, produced two, 1,000-yard receivers (Dwayne Jarrett — 1,105, Steve Smith — 1,083) and a 3,000-yard passer (John David Booty — 3,347).