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Lane Kiffin To South Carolina: Not Happening

SOURCES: “ZERO” CHANCE ALABAMA OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR COMES TO COLUMBIA TO COACH THE GAMECOCKS Of all the prospective head coaching names floated in the aftermath of Steve Spurrier‘s stunning decision to resign from the University of South Carolina, the one that’s generated more buzz than any other is that of Alabama…

SOURCES: “ZERO” CHANCE ALABAMA OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR COMES TO COLUMBIA TO COACH THE GAMECOCKS

Of all the prospective head coaching names floated in the aftermath of Steve Spurrier‘s stunning decision to resign from the University of South Carolina, the one that’s generated more buzz than any other is that of Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin.

Wait … what?

Yeah, Kiffin is the guy who left Tennessee in the lurch after one year.  He’s also the guy who once told star recruit Alshon Jeffery not to come to South Carolina because if he did, “he would end up pumping gas for the rest of his life like all the other players from that state who had gone to South Carolina.”

(Oops).

According to Fox Sports’ Aaron Torres, though, despite all that Kiffin is more likely to wind up at South Carolina than any other school when this year’s early-starting coaching carousel eventually runs out of steam.

“Kiffin to South Carolina makes too much sense,” Torres wrote.

How come?

“For starters, the school already has everything Kiffin would need to be successful: A solid fan-base, great resources and awesome recruiting base. Kiffin already knows the state’s high schools well; remember the whole ‘Tennessee recruiting hostesses scandal’ originated when Kiffin sent a bunch of college girls to a high school game in South Carolina.  So in a lot of ways, it’s almost like this was the job Kiffin was born to eventually take. It’d be like a homecoming of sorts if he accepted.”

Um yes … we remember that scandal.  Torres also believes Kiffin and South Carolina are a perfect fit from a talent standpoint (which, by the way, is not a compliment).

“I see a lot of parallels between this job, and Kiffin’s actual coaching ability,” he wrote.  “The truth is Kiffin isn’t Urban Meyer, Jim Harbaugh or Nick Saban, and he never will be.  But it’s ok; South Carolina isn’t Florida, Alabama or Georgia either.  Instead, Kiffin is a ‘good enough’ coach, and South Carolina is a good enough program, one where going 9-3 is perfectly acceptable, and 11-1 is not the expectation.  Yes, there would be pressure at South Carolina, but not the insufferable, overwhelming pressure he’d have at other schools.”

Ouch …

According to a source close to the Gamecock program, there is “zero” chance Kiffin will be South Carolina’s next coach.

Kiffin’s name “has not been mentioned by anybody I know (who is) associated with university or with connections to the search.”

Aside from “the way he left Tennessee” and his lack of success at Southern Cal (to say nothing of his disastrous two years in the NFL), the source said Kiffin is also viewed as a less-than-stable personality who brings a host of extracurricular baggage with him.

“And we haven’t even plugged in the bimbo problem yet,” he said.

Far more likely prospects?  Alabama’s defensive coordinator Kirby Smart, Texas head coach Charlie Strong, Memphis head coach Justin Fuente or Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury.

Of course the search is less than 24 hours old, so … expect the field of possible candidates to change considerably over the coming weeks and months.

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30 comments

sparklecity October 13, 2015 at 8:53 pm

Like I give a blue rat’s ass who is the new coach for the University of South Carolina (or any other college or professional football coach for that matter.)
Every damn one of them are nothing but hired guns who would leave for the next best opportunity.
The only thing they are loyal to is the almighty dollar (willing provided by doofusses who believe the coach will turn things around and feel proud about something they really don’t have a hand in) and the chance to boost their ego and reputation by doing whatever is necessary (to include breaking the law) to have a 10-0 season and a bowl bid.
Fuck college and professional football is what I say….

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TankMcNamara October 13, 2015 at 9:32 pm

sparkle, are you including Dabo in that “nothing but hired guns” rant?

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sparklecity October 13, 2015 at 10:02 pm

Every damn one of them…….!!!!!!!!!
The days of Bear Bryant and Vince Lombardi are tragically over. I wish it weren’t so.
The only saving grace that I am aware of is “Lambeau(misspelled?) Field where the Packers play. From what I understand they refuse to let the stadium’s name to be bought out like every other one is and don’t rape the ticketholders or buyers or have obscene prices at the snack bars. I respect that
Every fucking thing about college and professional football has been whored and pimped out during the last 30 years or so……..

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Daniel Boome October 14, 2015 at 8:09 am

Well in that case, fuck everything, right?

“Hired guns”, “next best opportunity”, “loyal to the almighty dollar”. How is that different from any other professions where upward mobility is sought??

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SenseLikeChaps October 14, 2015 at 5:10 pm

Eh, better than pro sports where the entire team is packed up and sold. Man, you talk about getting shot in the back by hired guns.

At least in college sports, with all of it’s other faults, you are guaranteed to have the loser you cheer for even if you are the only person in the stands.

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Reese Bobby October 14, 2015 at 9:39 pm

Sparkle, you are spot on. The Carolina athletic regime contracted with name brands, Lou Holtz (Inc.) and Steve Spurrier (Inc.), and they both through their people dictated the terms and called the shots. They also reserved the right to determine their departures. Unfortunately, the exits were exacerbated by the downturn of their teams performances. Nonetheless, they left and for the most part were revered by the fan base. The HBC quit, plain and simple, when things weren’t going his way. He had similar departures at Florida and the Redskins and is only concerned with his legacy and bank balance. Unfortunately, most Gamecock fans are OK to let him leave a dumpster fire with the football program.

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TARevolution October 13, 2015 at 9:04 pm

Only a trifling, desperate-for-attention Fucking idiot would mention their names in the same sentence.

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9" October 13, 2015 at 9:43 pm

He has too much potential to be a gamecock coach …

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CLICK BAIT October 13, 2015 at 11:16 pm

this is the dumbest story written. no one ever said Kiffin will coach USC so why write a story saying that?

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Will Folks aka Sic October 14, 2015 at 8:56 am

Kiffin DID coach USC. This is South Carolina – or SCAR. And Fox Sports put SCAR at the top of his list for next season so …

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Tazmaniac October 14, 2015 at 9:52 am

Would you really want him? Any Alabama fan I know is ready to string him up. Hot and cold as far performance delivery. Then you have factor in that D bag personality.

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CLICK BAIT October 14, 2015 at 5:55 pm

let me rephrase that. you think a fox sports writer is who says this would be a good match is why you felt the need to write it, but no one at the school wants him, no fans, no boosters, no players, and he doesn’t want to come here either. That’s more what I meant and that’s why it was a wasted story for clicks. odd though that you did credit someone else seeing as how you claim you break every story.

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Bible Thumper October 13, 2015 at 11:35 pm

The SEC stinks. I betcha two SEC teams ranked in the top ten in the AP poll lose this Saturday.

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Tazmaniac October 14, 2015 at 9:56 am

I find that offensive. My Gators are so confident that they have tied one hand behind their back to give LSU some hope of winning!

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Bible Thumper October 14, 2015 at 10:02 am

PED’s tend to give you a false sense of confidence.

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guest October 14, 2015 at 1:23 am

what sparkle said. its all about that MAGIC NUMBER .who gives a fuck. priorities man priorities

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Guest Observation October 14, 2015 at 7:56 am

This site is really beginning to suck. It’s like the admins have no news judgement at all, or they don’t want to talk about anything pertinent.

The USC football coach is being covered everywhere and much better than it is here. And every other site hates Republicans as much as you do.

What is not being covered is the total collapse of the Democrat Party, and their dwindling prospects, as more of their polices, and personalities, fail.

Instead of pointing that out, you suck as much as the Democrats do by trying to protect them for the mess thy have made.

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Toyota Kawaski October 14, 2015 at 8:29 am

Fits is a Dam Democrat… he loves to throw out the libertarian card like some throw out the independent card….. all those mean is “I vote democrat but afraid to admit it”.

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You NAILED It October 14, 2015 at 8:51 am

I think you NAILED it. After Sanford was elected the first time, and FITS was at the top of his government-fed-government-paid power, he told Lee Bandy (may he R.I.P.) that he would just as soon work for Democrat Governor Jim Hodges, as “Republican” Mark Sanford.

FITS has no intellectual integrity. The same thing he bashes the GOP for, continually.

FITS is the EPITOME of a Political WHORE. FITS has every right to be that, but to lie about who, and what, he is, is an extreme disservice, and so typically liberal.

Aside from that: FITS whole reason for existing is to promote himself as an arbiter against political prostitution. What a fucking LIAR he is.

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Will Folks aka Sic October 14, 2015 at 8:56 am

I just call things like I see them. As I’ve said repeatedly, you are one click away from never having to read a word I write ever again …

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TARevolution October 14, 2015 at 10:14 am

I think he has said he reads it for a chance to challenge the liberal/liberal-tarian stance. It has value in that. So self-censoring is not the issue.

His complaint, from what I can discern is the dishonest nature of it, being that there is already so much mendacity – and bias- in politics, and sports reporting, already.

mamatiger92 October 14, 2015 at 8:31 am

Then why are you here every damn day?

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I'm glad he's here October 14, 2015 at 8:53 am

You HATE getting the SHIT slapped out of you, don’t you? I’m DELIGHTED he’s on here. Because I love seeing you get the FUCK slapped out of you every time you peddle your ignorant, backward and liberal Bullshit. I wish he was kicking your ass ACTUALLY, instead of figuratively. You deserve everything he confronts you with, and then some.

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grandtangosuglydog October 14, 2015 at 11:14 am

the loser must post as another to back his own comments..??LOLOL WTF I guess once a loser always a loser…hows the blog going T? LOLOLOL

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Toyota Kawaski October 14, 2015 at 8:23 am

Fox Sports man oh man that is solid right there. That is almost as solid as Man-d articles or Taylors

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Jack's righteous indigation October 14, 2015 at 10:22 am

“great resources and awesome recruiting base”

That right there should have discredited the idiot making the comments. He’s just trying to get attention by opening his fat mouth.

South Carolina is not a great recruiting base. It’s a small state with two major universities. It is also surrounded by other SEC schools. To recruit well, you have to be on the f’ing ball all the time and go outside your base when you can.

Stupid.

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Todd October 14, 2015 at 11:19 am

Perfect fit from a character standpoint too.

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ELCID October 14, 2015 at 12:21 pm

KIFFIN???
GOD HELP US IF THAT LOW LIFE COMES TO USC.
HE’S ALREADY DESTROYED ONE USC ON THE WEST COAST.
THIS WOULD MAKE TWO.

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Penny Pemrose October 15, 2015 at 9:17 pm

I think he would be a great fit for the Dirt Peck’n Feather Yard Rats. He’s a loser and so are they…….A match made in hell….

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