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NCAAF: Lane Kiffin to coach USC

By Kristofor Molson     Jan 12, 2010 in Sports
Tennessee Volunteers' head coach Lane Kiffin is on his way to the University of Southern California to be the next Trojans' coach after agreeing in principal to the position.
Tennessee Volunteers' head coach Lane Kiffen has agreed in principal to become the next head coach at the University of Southern California. Kiffin will replace new Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll. Lane Kiffin was the Oakland Raiders coach two years ago, but was fired and then headed to Tennessee for one year.
Kiffin is said to bring his father and defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin and assistant head coach and recruiting coordinator Ed Orgeron to Southern California as well. Kiffin was 7-5 in his only season as the Volunteers' coach and was a member of the Trojans' coaching staff from 2001-2006 before heading to Oakland.
There were several candidates that were perceived to be the next head coach, but dropped from contention after Carroll officially announced his resignation. Former USC linebacker and Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio committed to staying in Jacksonville and Jeff Fisher along with Oregon State Beavers' head coach Mike Riley showed no public interest despite their tie to Trojans' football.
The possibilities of the USC Trojans could face major NCAA sanctions worried some coaches, but it can't change the fact USC offers an extremely attractive position with everything necessary to succeed right away with a rich talent base and ample talent already there. Not to mention a great history and tradition along with a large and wealthy alumni base to keep winning. Tennessee’s wide receivers coach Kippy Brown will be named interim coach at Tennessee.
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