This evening on the podcast we have L.A. Times columnist TJ Simersstop by to discuss the Lane Kiffin article that he penned for his column today. Simers' article Is USC's Lane Kiffin really Mr. Misconduct, or just misunderstood is an interesting read that delves into both the man and the father-son dynamic that exists between Lane and his father Monte. The polarizing columnist holds true to formfrom rehashinghis first encounter with Kiffin to the discussion of Tennessee fans dwelling onKiffin's job move.
Kiffin and Simers' first encounter was a "cantankerous" event per TJ as he challenged the fresh faced 35 year old coach over the accusations of Ed Orgeron contacting Tennessee recruits as they arrivedat Southern Cal. Talk turns as Simers discusses Kiffin through the eyes of his father, a man that it universally respected and admired in the football world. Monte gave TJ Simers some interesting insight into the young head coach while quietly getting his son's back and making sure to rebuke the rumors that Lane is a cheater.
As we talk more Kiffin we discuss the Tennessee aspect of the transition andthe hatred that grew from Lane's transgressions. Simers describes the leaving after one year as more an affirmation of Kiffin's "bratty nature" than one moment that swayed folks against Lane. TJ does makes his perspective on the folks who remain enraged over the departure of Kiffin clear; not only does it reflect poorly on them in his eyes but there's a clear misunderstanding of Kiffin's affinity for USC.
We end a more positive note discussing Kiffin's future as the new USC head coach, the rookie AD Pat Haden working with the 35 year old coach to repair the image of the men of Troy. Simers does end with another barb at the good folks of Tennessee that admittedlyleaves your host somewhat speechless.
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