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Lane Kiffin shamelessly recruits Silas Redd from Penn State (Video)

Lane Kiffin says he feels for Penn State’s coaches who are trying to keep their program together despite losing multiple scholarships, but he doesn’t feel badly enough to refrain from making a recruiting pitch aimed at one of their top players.

The LA Times reported on Monday that after Penn State was penalized by the NCAA, USC contacted the school about its intent to recruit sophomore running back Silas Redd, who rushed for 1,241 yards and seven touchdowns last season. Unprompted, Kiffin directed part of his introductory comments at Pac-12 media day on Tuesday toward Redd without specifically mentioning the Penn State player’s name.

“Our No. 1 concern is our running back position,” Kiffin said. “We’re very concerned about our depth there. We’re going to have a lot of seven-man boxes, a lot of opportunity for a running back to make plays in our system, so we really have to do a good job of developing some depth at running back.”

Kiffin was later asked about USC’s interest in Silas. That’s when Mr. Integrity drew the line.

“We can’t speak on any kids on their roster,” Kiffin answered. “They’re just like high school kids at this point, so we can’t say anything about it.”

So let’s get this straight: Kiffin, representing one school in trouble with the NCAA, is trying to poach kids from another school in trouble with the NCAA, all the while feeling badly for the coaches.

“I feel for their staff, especially the head coach, because just like our deal, our kids had nothing to do with this,” said Kiffin.

Yes, I feel badly for you, Bill O’Brien, but I don’t mind swiping your best player. Lane Kiffin, everybody.

Lane Kiffin Says Refs Lied to Him, But He Made Risky Play Call and Paid

Lane Kiffin is upset with the Pac-12 referees for “lying” to him about a call at the end of regulation between USC and Stanford Saturday, but does he have a case? The play in question was the last play of regulation. The Trojans threw a screen to Robert Woods on 2nd and 10 with nine seconds left and two timeouts. The plan was to use one of the timeouts if Woods got tackled in bounds. Here’s the play:

Woods was ruled down in bounds with one second still showing on the clock. Lane Kiffin said he had an agreement with one of the officials that a timeout would have been called if they ruled Woods was tackled in bounds. The problem is there was less than a second left when Woods went down, and that really wasn’t enough time to get the referee’s attention and have them call timeout. Timeouts are not enforced when a coach wanted it to be called, but when the referee actually calls it.

Instead of being mad at an official for not calling the timeout, Kiffin should be upset with Robert Woods for running across the entire field instead of going down immediately and calling a timeout. It was a poor decision by Woods — one that wasted five seconds. It was also a risky play call by Kiffin because it relied on his players to manage the time properly. But Kiffin does have legitimate complaints about two other calls from the game.

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Matt Barkley Agrees that Notre Dame Quit, Lane Kiffin Apologizes

USC played one of its best games of the season Saturday, and had arguably its best win under Lane Kiffin. They beat Notre Dame 31-17 in South Bend and nearly doubled the Irish’s offensive output. The game did not lack excitement, and it did not lack postgame controversy.

Trojans linebacker Chris Galippo said after the game that Notre Dame quit. During an appearance on 710 ESPN Monday, quarterback Matt Barkley agreed.

“I would agree with [what Galippo said]. I was shocked that they didn’t use the timeouts because we got on the field with … about seven minutes left, and I thought they were planning on stopping us and saving their timeouts for the end when they had the ball,” Barkley said.

“It seemed from our sideline and our perspective that they did give up. It seemed uncharacteristic of Notre Dame. I wouldn’t have wanted to have been on that sideline.”

Notre Dame turned the ball over to USC with just under seven minutes left. They were down 31-17 and had all three timeouts, but they chose not to use any. It’s hard to disagree with Galippo and Barkley’s opinions.

Naturally, USC is playing the PR game in response. Galippo’s Twitter account issued an apology for saying Notre Dame quit. Lane Kiffin reportedly called Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly to apologize for what his players said.

We get what USC is doing, and it fits in with the clean program perception athletic director Pat Haden desires. It’s also wise of the coaches and players to avoid rubbing in a loss when it comes to long-term rivalries. However, if you think Lane Kiffin isn’t privately celebrating the team’s victory, you’re crazy. This was a huge win for the program and he knows it. The apology also doesn’t suddenly make Kiffin a saint, either.

Lane Kiffin Coaches USC Like They’re the ’04 Trojans

USC football has a problem on its hands and the head coach needs to recognize it. As stated in the title, Lane Kiffin coaches his current team as if they’re the 2004 squad. That team went 13-0, blistered Oklahoma 55-19 in the Orange Bowl, and outclassed many of its opponents. They had the sixth-highest scoring offense in college football and third-best scoring defense. They were loaded with future pros. Lane Kiffin coaches his current Trojans team as if they’re that loaded, but they’re not.

USC squeaked by Minnesota 19-17 in its home opener Saturday. A win is a win so I won’t take that away from them, but let’s be real: the Pete Carroll golden age teams would have plastered Minnesota by at least 30 points. That’s what Kiffin is used to with the Trojans, so he coached them accordingly.

Kiffin went for two following his first two touchdowns. Both failed. He went for it on 4th and 6 at the Minnesota 35 in the 3rd quarter and a disastrous fumble ensued. Granted, they were in a tricky territory where going for it makes sense, but the play-calling was strange.

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Lane Kiffin Says He’s Not the Renegade Person You Think He Is

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.

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Bruce Pearl Calls Lane Kiffin A ‘Dumbass’

Bruce Pearl loves attention.  Anyone who has seen him in action knows that’s the case.  You think he really wears that loud orange suit just because he’s proud to be a Tennessee Volunteer?  That may be part of it, but the guy loves the spotlight.  Unless, of course, the spotlight comes in the form of major recruting violations and lying to NCAA investigators.

So what’s a funny guy to do when he finds himself in a sticky situation?  Thank everyone for their support, apologize, and make a funny.  Check, check, and check.  If I coached at a school with a Lane Kiffin connection, I’d probably use him, too.  Kiffin is known for things like taking jersey numbers without explanation.  He also wasted no time getting himself into hot water when he took over the USC football program.

For those reasons and more, Pearl decided to lighten the mood by taking a shot at Kiffin.  Sports by Brooks Live called our attention to Pearl’s comments, as told by Go Vols Xtra, which he made after admitting that he had embarrassed and humiliated the university.

I’ve made mistakes, I clearly did, but what I was hoping for was that some other dumbass would get on the front page and take me off the hook,” Pearl said. “I miss Lane Kiffin.”

Talk about the pot calling the kettle black.  I understand he was trying to loosen up the room, but I doubt Kiffin will appreciate being called a dumbass.  On second thought, who cares what Kiffin thinks?  We certainly love it.

Lane Kiffin: We Would Let Team Score Late Touchdown in Close Game

The Sunday and Monday night NFL games this past week were close and featured difficult decisions. One team was deep into its opponents territory and preparing to take the lead (Chicago) or extend the lead (Jets) in the final few minutes. The question was whether the Packers or Dolphins should have played to make stops or let the opposing team score a touchdown while conserving timeouts for a last drive.

My Dad and I agreed that the right move for the Dolphins was to let the Jets score (as Tomlinson did), leaving yourself enough time and timeouts to potentially tie it (which is what happened). Perhaps it would have been wise for Green Bay to employ the same strategy instead of losing on a simple, last-second field goal.

Since it was a topic of discussion on Tuesday, Andrew Siciliano decided to ask Lane Kiffin for his thoughts during an interview with the USC coach on ESPN Radio in Los Angeles. Kiffin says he would generally let the other team score because it gives his team the best chance at victory:

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