Real quick post here. So ESPN is reporting Lane Kiffin is heading to USC to be the Trojans new head coach. He is taking his dad with him to run the defense after only one year at Tennessee.
Once again, a coach backs out of a contract and leaves a team for greener pastures. It is quite the theme in college athletics today and leaves a bitter taste in my mouth.
However, now that I think about it, would I or you do differently? Heck, if I was offered a higher paying and prestige job, I would probably give my two-week notice wherever I am and go to the better job. So who am I to criticize Kiffin, Rich Rod, Brian Kelly and the countless other coaches who leave one job for a better one?
I guess it just bothers me that a lot of college athletes choose a school based on the coach. When that coach leaves, after one year in Kiffin's case, he is leaving these kids who he persuaded to attend that institution. The coach probably tells recruits about the team's commitment to winning and how close close all the members of the squad are. Then the coach with the golden tongue leaves. He can coach the following season, if his players wish to follow, they are required to sit out a year. And that is what really gets me.
I would like to take this moment to let the Tennessee Volunteers that I am available for their head coaching position. It might take me a while to figure out the defense, but I am a hell of an offensive genius NCAA 2010. I will also guarantee I will coach until the end of my contract. A rare promise in this day and age.
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