This Pete Thamel piece on Junior is brutal, just brutal. Take this bitch slap, for example:
For all his star studded recruiting classes and creative ways he’s handled USC’s scholarship restrictions, Kiffin lacks the coaching acumen to match his recruiting prowess. No coach interviewed said that the Trojans lacked talent. But many pointed to the lack of discipline, as USC’s 9.44 penalties per game lead the nation by a landslide, even after committing just three against Oregon. (UCLA is next with 8.89). Multiple coaches pointed to two other weaknesses of Kiffin — poor game management and the appearance that Kiffin goes for style over substance. USC poorly managed the clock in its loss to Stanford last season and couldn’t hold a 15-point lead deep into the third quarter against Arizona. Kiffin was also criticized for not spiking the ball on a last-ditch drive at the end of the Arizona game, a 39-36 loss.
“Don’t get me wrong, he’s a bright, young guy,” one coach said of Kiffin. “He really is, but he doesn’t have the patience, I don’t think, or the maturity to understand that if you win 7-6 that’s just as well as winning 70-6, and your guy doesn’t have to break every record in America. He’s out of the Heisman business. Go about your business winning games.”
But as bad as the Laner gets slammed, it’s what’s said about his daddy that’s the real killer.
On his headset Saturday night, as USC failed to force Oregon to punt until the game’s waning minutes, Monte Kiffin said he heard consistent pleas from his son.
“Can we get a stop here?” Monte recalled Lane asking him. “Can we slow these guys down?”
USC never did. In back-to-back weeks, the Trojans have given up a combined 1,318 yards to Arizona and Oregon. Long after Saturday’s game ended, Monte Kiffin’s voice was hoarse and he appeared overwhelmed after the worst consecutive weeks of a coaching career that spans nearly a half-century.
“It’s mind boggling,” he said. “I’ve never heard of that many yards. It’s mind boggling.”
Monte’s expertise is what allowed Lane to sell the plan to a couple of gullible athletic directors. If that’s vanished like a fart in the wind (“Monte Kiffin called around the Pac-12 last year looking for clues on how to stop the spread, according to one coach.”), what’s left ain’t too pretty.
Maybe they need more Wild Boys.