Kiffin watch: a spoonful of hubris helps the medicine go down

The Laner gets somebody else to write a piece (h/t The Wiz of Odds) about how special he is (if he ever leaves coaching, he’ll be a natural in PR), this time some rag called Men’s Journal.  The article is called “Crunch Time for Boy Wonder”.

Two quotes lie therein worthy of retort.

“I could sit here and say, ‘Why did Oakland happen? Why did leaving Tennessee cause the trouble it did?’ Those things happened to prep me for this, to be a stable manager in a crisis. My model was Obama and his coolness under fire, the confidence he projects during disaster.”

Nice touch with the Obama reference and all – you can hear Junior trotting that out on the recruiting trail, can’t you? – but wouldn’t it be better finding a model who avoided causing crises in the first place?

On how the NCAA-imposed sanctions will affect his players and staff:

“The players here now, they’ll barely feel it – they’ll play one game less a year and move on. It’s my staff that’ll take the hit in three years, when we’re down 30 guys and playing freshmen. That’s what burns me – those men and their families. How are they to blame for what happened?”

You know, I bet Derek Dooley knows just how Kiffin feels about that.

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11 responses to “Kiffin watch: a spoonful of hubris helps the medicine go down

  1. Hogbody Spradlin

    The man has a natural gift for making chicken shit out of chicken salad.

  2. Ray

    And here I thought it was Obama who modeled himself after Kiffin…..Oh well, they have about the same approval rating.

  3. Hogbody Spradlin

    h/t Big Vol Daddy

  4. NebraskaDawg

    Those things happened to prep me for this, to be a stable manager in a crisis.
    ——–
    Yeah, a crisis of your own making each time.

  5. simpl_matter

    Does this mean he has ambitions that might lead to the Oval Office someday??

    Get ready for the rest of the world to start hating us, again…

  6. Sanford222View

    Never mind that Lane and some of the other coaches currently at USC were also present and partly responsible for what happened with Reggie Bush. That is just a minor detail.

  7. Ben There

    It can be easy to look cool during a crisis if you have absolutely no idea that you are in a crisis or that you caused a crisis. That is a common thread connecting Kiffin and BO.

  8. Metal Steel Chair

    Senator:

    Here’s another for the Lexicon:

    B.O.’d: to be the constant subject of criticism for attempts to pull your team/company/country’s ass out of a fire created by some other jackhole.

    • chattdawg

      Um…you’re referring to Barney Frank, Chris Dodd, and pelosi I hope. Otherwise pull your head out of your arse and look up some facts. BTW go dawgs:)

  9. Phocion

    “My model was Obama and his coolness under fire, the confidence he projects during disaster.

    Sounds a lot like commending the captain of the Titanic for acting admirably after ramming the boat into an iceberg. “He took the ship to the bottom of the Atlantic with a coolness and an ‘je ne sais quois’ that I can respect and admire.”