USC head football coach Lane Kiffin participated in a Q&A for ESPN’s Page 2 recently and provided some good information. Before we dive into those nuggets, let’s take a look at his most interesting quote. Asked what the media or fans have wrong about him, Kiffin said it was their view of his personality.
“I think people that don’t know me, it’s almost like they don’t believe I’m human. I’ve said that before. [They don't believe] that I actually have three kids or that I take them to the park and do normal things. It’s not just this renegade person, because that can be a perception that has been created by people. I think people are really surprised when they get around me, as opposed to what they’ve read.”
Actually Lane, that perception wasn’t created by people, it was created by you when you decided to fight Al Davis, take the Tennessee gig, and leave them after your first season for USC. Maybe you need a lesson from the dictionary. A “renegade” is “a person who deserts a party or cause for another.” Yup, that sounds about right.
That Kiffin is trying to shame us for saying he’s a renegade speaks to how manipulative he tries to be. It’s impossible to disagree with the renegade description of his personality. In fact, I don’t think there’s a better word to describe him. I’d also like to hear his explanation for taking a player’s jersey number without warning.