Hearing more and more talk about Lane Kiffin to Tennessee. This just continues to boggle my mind.
Tennessee deserves so much better. Kiffin, at best, is a San Diego State-level coach. I hear there’s an opening there, by the way.
Kiffin has never been a college head coach. He’s an abrasive, unlikeable guy who, despite his reputation, is a lousy recruiter. He does not mix well with college athletics and all that it entails. The idea of him coaching in the SEC, where so many people care about so many things that he will consider beneath him, is laughable.
About the only thing he is good at is evaluating talent. But he will bring a complicated pro-style offense to Tennessee that the players will struggle to learn. He hangs his hat on his work with the 2005 USC offense, but that offense was built by Norm Chow and comprised of players who were already developed. A close look at that season reveals a lot of unnecessary struggles and some questionable calls, including the decision to keep Reggie Bush on the bench for the crucial 4th and 2 against Texas. And ultimately, that team could not win a title despite having maybe the greatest offensive talent ever. The 2006 USC offense was inconsistent and anemic despite being loaded with talent.
Kiffin is being pushed and talked up by his coaching cronies and, apparently, Tennessee is falling for it. It’s just so sad.
It’s not too late, Tennessee. Go out and find a proven college head coach, or an up-and-coming proven college coordinator who understands the game.
Why not Gus Malzahn?