Lane Kiffin
American college football player, college football coach, quarterback
Lane Kiffin
Lane Monte Kiffin is currently the head coach of the University of Southern California Trojans college football team. He previously served as offensive coordinator for the USC Trojans from 2005–2006, head coach of the NFL's Oakland Raiders from 2007–2008, and head coach of the Tennessee Volunteers in 2009. Kiffin was the youngest head coach in NFL history when he was with the Raiders, and for a time was the youngest head coach of a BCS Conference team in college football.
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Florida Atlantic's Lane Kiffin says he intentionally made a lame promo video to attract attention
LATimes - 25 days
Lane Kiffin knew what he was doing. All the squinting, shifting from foot to foot and general lack of enthusiasm from the new Florida Atlantic coach in the most awkward hype video in the history of college football was all for publicity. Or so he says. Last week the school tweeted out a video of...
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Sark lends X-factor to Bama-Clemson - Sports Illustrated
Google News - about 2 months
ABC News Sark lends X-factor to Bama-Clemson Sports Illustrated Alabama-Clemson is a national championship rematch with one unique twist. The guy calling plays for the top-ranked Crimson Tide will be doing so for the first time with Alabama. When head coach Nick Saban and offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin parted ... Steve Sarkisian can't wait to make the calls in title gameUSA TODAY What we learned from 2017 CFB championship-game media dayNFL.com Spectacle of Sarkisian a strange distraction for Alabama before national championshipAL.com Yahoo Sports -SB Nation -Atlanta Journal Constitution -ABC News all 142 news articles »
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Lane Kiffin to leave Alabama before national championship game, to be replaced by Steve Sarkisian
LATimes - about 2 months
Former USC coach Lane Kiffin was already planning to leave Alabama — after the national championship game. Now he’s running ahead of schedule. Alabama Coach Nick Saban announced Monday that Kiffin will leave his post as Alabama’s offensive coordinator to focus on his new job as Florida Atlantic’s...
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Lane Kiffin puts himself back in the spotlight at Peach Bowl, and not in a good way for Alabama
LATimes - about 2 months
Lane Kiffin has maintained a relatively low profile in his three years as Alabama’s offensive coordinator. You didn’t really think he would go out like that, did you? As top-ranked Alabama enters its Saturday showdown with No. 4 Washington in the College Football Playoff semifinal at the Peach...
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Lane Kiffin left behind by Alabama buses again
ABC News - about 2 months
ATLANTA -- Lane Kiffin was left behind by the Alabama team buses -- again. This time, it was after Alabama's media day session Thursday morning for the College Football Playoff semifinal at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl. Kiffin was the last person from the Alabama contingent doing interviews after the hourlong session ended, and by the time he got out of the Georgia Dome locker room to where the buses were supposed to be, they were already headed back to the team hotel in downtown Atlanta. "Yep, got left again," cracked Kiffin, Alabama's offensive coordinator and incoming? Florida Atlantic head coach. It was a similar scene last season after Alabama's 45-40 win over Clemson to win the national championship. Kiffin was still talking to reporters as the team buses were pulling away from the University of Phoenix Stadium. He tried to get officials to stop the buses but to no avail. ?"First, I get fired on the tarmac," Kiffin said at the. ...
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Rose Bowl participants USC and Penn State have both rebounded from harsh NCAA penalties
LATimes - 2 months
Aboard a Gulfstream 200 high above a green expanse of Pennsylvania, USC Coach Lane Kiffin and his entourage of assistants traced a path not far from Beaver Stadium, where Penn State plays its football games. It was July 25, 2012, and an unusual connection had formed between the football programs...
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Lane Kiffin is 'humbled' to be the new football coach at Florida Atlantic
LATimes - 3 months
Florida Atlantic isn’t nearly as flashy as the previous jobs on Lane Kiffin’s coaching resume. It isn’t USC or Tennessee. It isn’t the Oakland Raiders. But on Tuesday morning, Kiffin expressed gratitude for being named the new head coach at the Boca Raton school, whose football program has seen...
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College football: Lane Kiffin reportedly being pursued by Florida Atlantic
LATimes - 3 months
Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin is being pursued by Florida Atlantic to become the Owls' next head coach, two people with knowledge of the situation said Friday night.  Kiffin and the Owls have had dialogue, said both people, who spoke on condition of anonymity because neither side has...
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LSU WR Travin Dural on Les Miles: 'He brought out the best in all of us'
ABC News - 5 months
BATON ROUGE, La. --  LSU star running back Leonard Fournette echoed the sentiments of many of his teammates upon learning about the firing of 12th-year head coach Les Miles. "At the end of the day, I love him. I just hope the best for him," the Heisman Trophy contender told reporters Sunday following a team meeting.  Fournette, who missed the first 20 minutes of the impromptu meeting because of a doctor's appointment, said he spoke privately with Miles afterward.  "I'm going to keep that between us," Fournette said in reference to the conversation. Miles, one of the most successful coaches in SEC history, was fired as head coach of the Tigers after a disappointing 2-2 start. Offensive coordinator Cam Cameron and assistant director of football operations Dean Dingman were also let go. Defensive line coach Ed Orgeron, who went 6-2 after taking over for Lane Kiffin as USC's interim coach in 2013, will replace...
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Alabama doubles Lane Kiffin's salary to $1.4M this season
ABC News - 6 months
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Alabama has doubled offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin's salary for this season. The university trustees' compensation committee approved Kiffin's new $1.4 million deal Friday. It runs from July 1, 2016 to Feb. 28, 2017. He made $714,000 last season under a three-year deal that ran through this season. Kiffin was the only returning assistant who didn't get a raise in June. He had been receiving a buyout from USC. "It was a significant amount and that ended June 30 of this year," athletic director Bill Battle told trustees. "It is what the top coordinators are making and Lane has been very effective for us the two years that he's been here. We feel like this is very appropriate for what he should be making." Alabama has made the playoffs with new starting quarterbacks in each of Kiffin's first two years, including last season's national title. The new salary would have put him alongside Clemson defensive coordinator Brent...
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Football At A Dang NASCAR Track, And All The Other Games To Watch This Weekend
Yahoo News - 6 months
Okay, so I’ll level with you: you know how last week’s slate of college football games was unreal and there was no way that Week 2 was ever going to compare to Week 1? Don’t let last weekend fool you: USC is a good football team, Alabama is just horrifying, and Lane Kiffin was gunning for 500 points.
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Ex-USC coach Steve Sarkisian joins Alabama's staff as analyst - ESPN
Google News - 6 months
ESPN Ex-USC coach Steve Sarkisian joins Alabama's staff as analyst ESPN Trevor Matich wonders if Lane Kiffin is on his way to a head coaching job outside of Alabama, since the Tide plan to meet with former USC coach Steve Sarkisian about joining the staff. (0:40). Facebook · Twitter · Pinterest · Email; comment. 5:20 PM ET. Why Alabama hiring Steve Sarkisian is a brilliant moveFOXSports.com Former USC HC Steve Sarkisian's joining Alabama. Could he follow Lane Kiffin as OC?SB Nation Copeland's corner: Quarterback situation gets clearerMontgomery Advertiser Yahoo Sports -Bleacher Report -Columbus Ledger-Enquirer -Washington Post all 936 news articles »
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Ex-USC coach Steve Sarkisian to meet with Alabama officials
ABC News - 6 months
Former USC coach Steve Sarkisian plans to meet with Alabama officials this week about potentially joining the top-ranked Crimson Tide's coaching staff as a special assistant to the offense, as first reported by Fox Sports and confirmed by ESPN's Chris Low. Fox Sports first reported Saturday that Sarkisian would reunite with former colleague Lane Kiffin following Alabama's 52-6 demolition of USC. Sarkisian, 42, was set to work this season for Fox Sports as a television analyst for games. Alabama officials declined to comment Sunday and wouldn't confirm that Sarkisian's hiring would be announced this week, as Fox Sports reported. Sarkisian was fired last year during the middle of his second season at USC and later sued the school for wrongful termination, alleging discrimination because of his alcoholism and breach of his contract. Sarkisian and Kiffin were co-offensive coordinators at USC under Pete Carroll in the mid-2000s. Prior to returning to USC as.. ...
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Podcast | USC Overtime: USC-Alabama in Texas, Lane Kiffin and the Osa Masina situation
LATimes - 6 months
Welcome to the first edition of the “USC Overtime” podcast with Lindsey Thiry and Zach Helfand. This week’s topics include: Previewing the USC-Alabama game in Texas Lane Kiffin vs. USC A look at the Trojans position groups The Osa Masina situation    lindsey.thiry@latimes.com Follow Lindsey Thiry...
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USC paid Lane Kiffin about $2.7 million in the season after his firing
LATimes - 10 months
Last year, when Alabama gave raises to its assistant football coaches, there was just one exception: offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin. The school explained that Kiffin had a “unique situation,” according to AL.com: Essentially, he was being subsidized by USC. The Trojans paid Kiffin about $2.7...
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Why Nick Saban Is The Greatest Coach In College Football History
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Nick Saban's legacy won't be defined by a houndstooth hat, like that of legendary Alabama football coach Bear Bryant. Nor will it be remembered for a straight-brimmed Ohio State hat along with a patented suit and tie, like that of the great Woody Hayes. Saban's legacy, quite simply, will be as the greatest coach in the history of the sport, an immortal icon no matter what comes next. The perfect winner. Winning, of course, comes at a price -- in any sport -- and the Crimson Tide coach remains a polarizing figure in many ways. But you can't ignore the results: five national championships (one with LSU), and four in the past seven seasons. Nobody has done it in the modern era -- not Nebraska's Tom Osborne, not Hayes and not even Bryant. Saban's brilliance was on full display during Monday night's title tilt with Clemson, a thrilling 45-40 win. After tying the game at 24 early in the fourth quarter, he drew up a perfectly timed onside kick. 'Bama recovered and scored two plays la ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Lane Kiffin
    FORTIES
  • 2016
    Age 40
    On February 28, 2016, Lane and Layla announced that they were separating and have mutually decided to divorce.
    More Details Hide Details ‡ Ineligible for Pac-12 title, bowl game and Coaches' Poll due to NCAA sanctions.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2014
    Age 38
    On January 9, 2014, after Michigan hired Alabama offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier, Kiffin interviewed for the vacant coordinator job.
    More Details Hide Details Kiffin was offered the job as offensive coordinator at Alabama and accepted on January 10. Lane is the son of Monte Kiffin, a long time defensive coordinator in the National Football League, most notably for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Monte resigned as the defensive coordinator on Lane's staff at USC and was hired for the same position with the Dallas Cowboys. In 1994, Kiffin graduated from Bloomington Jefferson High School in Minnesota and committed to Fresno State University. He played backup quarterback for the Fresno State Bulldogs and gave up his senior season to become a Student Assistant Coach at Fresno State where his position coach was Jeff Tedford, who would later become the head coach at Cal. He graduated from Fresno State in 1998, where he also played basketball and baseball. Lane and his wife Layla, who is a University of Florida alumna, have three children, daughters Landry and Pressley and son, Monte Knox Kiffin. Kiffin's brother, Chris, was a defensive lineman at Colorado State University and is the current defensive line coach for Ole Miss. Kiffin's father-in-law, John Reaves, is a former starting NFL and USFL quarterback who played college football for the Florida Gators.
    His salary was set to increase over the six-year-deal, reaching a high of $2.75 million in 2014.
    More Details Hide Details The average salary of the deal was $2.375 million.
  • 2013
    Age 37
    In December 2013 Kiffin spent eight days in Tuscaloosa, Alabama reviewing the Alabama Crimson Tide football team's offense.
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    On September 28, 2013, after the 62 to 41 loss to Arizona State, USC Athletics Director Pat Haden fired Kiffin hours after the game, when the team arrived back in Los Angeles at 3 a.m.
    More Details Hide Details Kiffin was called off the team bus that was preparing to head to campus from Los Angeles International Airport and taken to a small room inside the terminal where Haden told Kiffin he was being dismissed. Haden supposedly met with USC president Max Nikias in the third quarter and they decided Kiffin should be terminated. Haden formally announced the decision the next day. Assistant coach Ed Orgeron took over for Kiffin and led the team to a 6-2 finish, including an upset win against Stanford at the Coliseum. USC won the Las Vegas Bowl under interim head coach Clay Helton against Fresno State. Former USC associate head coach and Washington head coach Steve Sarkisian was hired by Haden following the season.
    The Trojans lost their first two conference games of the 2013 season against Washington State and Arizona State, making Kiffin's record 4-7 in his last eleven games.
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  • 2012
    Age 36
    During the 2012 season, Kiffin became the first coach since 1964 to take the pre-season #1 ranked team to unranked by the end of the season.
    More Details Hide Details Prior to 2012, the last time a team that was the pre-season ranked #1 to unranked was USC in 1963.
  • 2011
    Age 35
    Despite the animosity between the Raiders and Kiffin, he released a statement following Al Davis' death in October 2011 stating that although their relationship had not ended well, he appreciated the opportunity Davis had given him and had "nothing but the greatest respect" for the late Raiders owner.
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    The BCS announced June 6, 2011, that it had stripped USC of the 2004 title, though USC still retains the 2003 and 2004 AP National Championships.
    More Details Hide Details Season highlights included road wins against the California Golden Bears, Notre Dame Fighting Irish, and Oregon Ducks. Kiffin's Trojans lost in triple overtime to the Stanford Cardinal, who were led by Andrew Luck, but they bounced back by winning their last four games and defeating the UCLA Bruins 50–0 at the Coliseum, which extended the Trojans' victory streak against the Bruins to five. USC ended the season with two thousand-yard receivers (Robert Woods and Marqise Lee), a thousand-yard rusher (Curtis McNeal), and a 3,000-yard passer (Matt Barkley) for the first time since the 2005 season, when Kiffin served as offensive coordinator. Kiffin for the first time became a voting member of the USA Today Coaches' Poll, but he resigned after just one vote amidst controversy over his preseason selection of USC as No. 1. After being informed that Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez had voted the Trojans as the top team, Kiffin told reporters, "I would not vote USC No. 1, I can tell you that much." However, USA Today, citing the need to "protect the poll's integrity", revealed that Kiffin had voted his team for the top spot. Kiffin apologized and explained that his comments were from the perspective of an opposing coach voting for USC. The Trojans finished the season 7–6, 5–4 in Pac-12 play.
    In 2011, Kiffin coached the Trojans to a 10–2 record (7–2 in the Pac-12), despite being ineligible for post-season play for the second-consecutive season.
    More Details Hide Details On May 26, 2011, the NCAA's Appeals Committee upheld the sanctions against USC, after ruling that the use of precedent was not allowed under NCAA Bylaws, so the USC football team could not participate in the Pac-12 Football Championship Game (although they held the best record in the South division) or play in a bowl game during the 2011–12 season.
  • 2010
    Age 34
    In 2010, his first season at USC, Kiffin's Trojans team finished the season 8–5 but were ineligible for post-season play due to the NCAA sanctions.
    More Details Hide Details After the NCAA issued a guideline allowing current USC juniors and seniors to automatically transfer from USC without having to sit out a year, several USC players left before the start of the 2010 season, including Malik Jackson and Byron Moore to Tennessee, Travon Patterson to Colorado, D.J. Shoemate to Connecticut, Uona Kaveinga to BYU, and Blake Ayles to Miami, among others. Seantrel Henderson, who had signed a letter of intent to USC, was granted a release by Kiffin and immediately enrolled at Miami. Both Kiffin and former head coach Pete Carroll publicly referred to this NCAA-transfer exception as "free agency" because it allowed current USC players to be targeted for transfer opportunities and granted them immediate eligibility at their transfer destination. USC played the 2010 season with just 71 scholarship players, some of whom were redshirt candidates who did not play, instead of the normal NCAA allowance of 85 scholarship players.
    In June 2010, after a prolonged four-year investigation into whether former USC running back Reggie Bush and his family had accepted financial benefits and housing from two sports agents in San Diego while he was a student athlete at USC, the NCAA imposed sanctions against the Trojan football program for a "lack of institutional control," including a two-year postseason ban, the loss of 30 scholarships over three years, and the vacation of all wins in which Bush participated as an "ineligible" player, including the 2005 Orange Bowl, in which the Trojans won the BCS National Championship.
    More Details Hide Details The severity of these sanctions have been criticized by some NCAA football writers, including ESPN’s Ted Miller, who wrote, “It's become an accepted fact among informed college football observers that the NCAA sanctions against USC were a travesty of justice, and the NCAA’s refusal to revisit that travesty are a massive act of cowardice on the part of the organization.” Kiffin's tenure at USC was widely considered a disappointment. Questionable coaching calls and the restrictions of sanctions contributed to a sense of missed opportunity.
    On January 12, 2010, Kiffin returned to USC to become the Trojans head coach.
    More Details Hide Details This came following Pete Carroll's departure from USC to become the head coach of the Seattle Seahawks.
    Kiffin's departure for USC in 2010 after just one season as head coach of the Volunteers upset some students and fans of the University of Tennessee.
    More Details Hide Details When Tennessee athletic director Mike Hamilton was asked for an assessment of Kiffin's tenure coaching the Volunteers, he responded with just one word: "Brief." Hundreds of students rioted on campus at the news of Kiffin's departure. Knoxville police and fire department were brought in after students blocked the exit from the Neyland Thompson Sports Center and started several small fires.
  • 2009
    Age 33
    On February 5, 2009 during a Tennessee booster breakfast at the Knoxville Convention Center, Kiffin accused Urban Meyer, then head coach of the Florida Gators and currently head coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes, of violating NCAA recruiting rules.
    More Details Hide Details While Kiffin accused Meyer of violating NCAA rules, he incidentally violated a Southeastern Conference rule that prevented coaches from mentioning a recruit by name. Kiffin's accusations against Meyer were mistaken. Southeastern Conference commissioner Mike Slive issued a public reprimand to Kiffin because of the comment. In addition to the SEC's public reprimand, Florida Athletic Director Jeremy Foley demanded a public apology from Kiffin. Kiffin issued a public apology one day after making the comment. In a statement released by the University of Tennessee, Kiffin wrote, "In my enthusiasm for our recruiting class, I made some statements that were meant solely to excite those at the breakfast. If I offended anyone at the University of Florida, including Mr. Foley and Urban Meyer, I sincerely apologize. That was not my intention." Kiffin generated further controversy when he told recruit Alshon Jeffery that if Jeffery chose the Gamecocks, "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." Alshon Jeffery went on to sign with the University of South Carolina Gamecocks and became the second round, 45th pick overall in the 2012 NFL Draft being signed by the Chicago Bears, and selected to the 2014 NFL Pro Bowl Kiffin denied making the statement however the incident was corroborated by Alshon Jeffery's coach Walter Wilson who was listening to Kiffin's remarks on speakerphone.
    The Vols increased their offensive output by more than 60 percent in 2009 with Kiffin calling the offensive plays.
    More Details Hide Details Highlights included wins over South Carolina, Georgia and Kentucky. However the season was marred by losses to UCLA, Florida, Auburn, Alabama, and Ole Miss, as well as a 23-point blow-out loss to Virginia Tech in the Chick-fil-A Bowl. After one season as coach, Kiffin left the Vols during the 2010 recruiting season to accept the head coaching job at the University of Southern California.
    Kiffin led the Vols to a 7–6 record in 2009, an improvement from their 5–7 record in 2008.
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    Kiffin's contract stated that if he resigned, he would have to pay UT $1 million in 2009, with the sum decreasing by $200,000 each year of his contract.
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    If Kiffin had been fired in 2009 or 2010, the school would have to pay him $7.5 million under a buyout clause; after the 2012 season, the buyout clause decreased to $5 million.
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  • 2008
    Age 32
    Kiffin signed a memorandum of understanding with the University of Tennessee on November 30, 2008. The deal included $2 million in 2009, with additional performance bonuses, including a $300,000 bonus if UT competes for the national championship.
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    UT formally introduced Kiffin as the school's 21st head football coach on December 1, 2008 in a 2:00 p.m. news conference.
    More Details Hide Details Kiffin, 33, was hired by Tennessee and became the youngest active head coach in Division I FBS, surpassing Northwestern's Pat Fitzgerald.
    On November 28, 2008, multiple media outlets reported that Lane Kiffin would be the next head football coach for the University of Tennessee Volunteers in 2009, replacing head coach Phillip Fulmer after Phillip Fulmer retired.
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    Several of his former Raider staff expressed interest as Kiffin began assembling his new staff at the University of Tennessee. On December 15, 2008, Raiders Head Coach Tom Cable lashed out at Kiffin for hiring one of his assistants, James Cregg, with two weeks remaining in the NFL season.
    More Details Hide Details Cable called the timing of Cregg's departure "wrong in the business of coaching" and indicated he had lost respect for Kiffin and planned to confront him about it. Nothing further was said publicly regarding the incident.
    The Raiders said the move was made for cause, meaning they would terminate his contract immediately without paying the $2.6 million that was left on it for 2008.
    More Details Hide Details Kiffin later added in an interview with ESPN that he was not proud to be associated with Davis's accusations and was actually more embarrassed for Davis than himself. The Raiders subsequently released a letter Davis sent to Kiffin on September 12 which warned him that he was on the verge of being fired for "conduct detrimental to the Raiders," including repeated instances of making excuses and outright lies. Kiffin's post-firing press conference was canceled. Kiffin filed a grievance against the Raiders, claiming that he was fired without cause, but on November 15, 2010, an arbitrator ruled that Davis did indeed have cause to fire Kiffin. Kiffin's short tenure as the Raiders' head coach ended with a 5–15 record. Offensive line coach Tom Cable was given interim head coaching duties for the remainder of the 2008 season and was later made their permanent head coach on February 4, 2009.
    On September 30, 2008, Davis fired Kiffin over the telephone.
    More Details Hide Details At the televised news conference announcing the firing, Davis called Kiffin "a flat-out liar" and said he was guilty of "bringing disgrace to the organization".
    On September 15, 2008, NBC Sports reported Davis was unhappy with Kiffin, and intended to fire him as soon as the following Monday or Tuesday.
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    On January 25, 2008, ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported that Davis, who was not known for being patient with his coaches, tried to force Kiffin to resign after his first season ended with a 4–12 record.
    More Details Hide Details A source allegedly close to Kiffin told Mortensen that Kiffin would not resign, and would not sign the letter of resignation which would cause him to forfeit his $2 million salary for the remaining guaranteed year of his contract. However, the Raiders denied the story, while Kiffin refused to comment.
    At his end-of-the-season press conference, Kiffin told the media and his players that he had many plans and changes he was going to make in the 2008 offseason.
    More Details Hide Details When asked by his players about rumors that Kiffin was interested in open coaching positions in college football, he told them he never thought the rumors were important enough to address because he was never planning to leave.
  • 2007
    Age 31
    Kiffin recorded his first regular season win as an NFL head coach on September 23, 2007; the Raiders defeated the Cleveland Browns 26–24 when defensive lineman Tommy Kelly blocked a late Cleveland field goal.
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    Kiffin vehemently opposed the selection of JaMarcus Russell in the 2007 NFL Draft, who would eventually be regarded as one of the biggest draft busts in NFL history.
    More Details Hide Details Russell held out until September 12, and did not make his first start until December 2, long after the season was effectively over.
    On August 12, 2007, in his NFL head coaching debut, Kiffin and the Raiders won their preseason opener 27–23 over the Arizona Cardinals.
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    Raiders' owner Al Davis hired Kiffin on January 23, 2007, making him the youngest head coach in Raiders history, and the youngest head coach in the NFL's "modern era" (since 1946), and signed Kiffin to a two-year deal worth about $4 million with a team option for 2009.
    More Details Hide Details Pro Football Hall of Fame Coach John Madden was 32 when he was elevated to the head post by Davis in 1969. Davis had been known to select young, up-and-coming coaches in their thirties; those hires who fared well include John Madden, Mike Shanahan and Jon Gruden. All have won Super Bowls, though Madden is the only one of the three to win a championship with the Raiders. Age 31 at the time of his hiring by the Raiders (32 when he coached his first game), Kiffin became the youngest head coach in National Football League history; he also surpassed the New York Jets' Eric Mangini and the Pittsburgh Steelers' Mike Tomlin as the youngest head coach since the AFL–NFL merger in 1970.
  • TWENTIES
  • 2005
    Age 29
    Under Kiffin and Sarkisian in 2005 the USC offense produced numerous school records, averaging 49.1 points and 579 yards per game and becoming the first in NCAA history to have a 3,000 yard passer (Matt Leinart), two 1,000 yard rushers (Reggie Bush and LenDale White), and a 1,000 yard receiver (Dwayne Jarrett).
    More Details Hide Details Steve Smith fell a few yards of also surpassing 1,000 yards in receiving. In Kiffin’s three years as recruiting coordinator at USC, the Trojans had the No. 1 ranked recruiting class in college football every year. The Trojans finished first in the Pac-10 in passing efficiency by averaging 142.8 passer rating, produced two, 1,000-yard receivers – Dwayne Jarrett (1,105) and Steve Smith (1,083) – and a 3,000-yard passer John David Booty, with 3,347 yards. The team produced top 20 statistics in most NCAA offensive categories and concluded with a 32–18 win over the then #3 ranked team the University of Michigan in the Rose Bowl. Kiffin helped guide USC to a 23–3 win-loss record during his tenure as offensive coordinator, an 88% win percentage; however, in June 2010 the NCAA retroactively declared Reggie Bush ineligible for the entire 2005 season, and forced USC to vacate all of its 2005 wins. Litigation from former coach Todd McNair to overturn those vacancies is still ongoing.
  • 2004
    Age 28
    For the 2004 season, he added the duties of passing game coordinator, and he was promoted to offensive coordinator along with Steve Sarkisian for the 2005 season after Norm Chow left USC for the same position with the NFL's Tennessee Titans.
    More Details Hide Details Kiffin also took the reins as recruiting coordinator that year. Along with these duties, Kiffin continued as the wide receivers coach.
  • 2001
    Age 25
    Kiffin began working with the University of Southern California (USC) staff during the 2001 season and became the wide receivers coach prior to the 2002 season.
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  • 1999
    Age 23
    Kiffin worked as a graduate assistant for one year at Colorado State University. In 1999, while he was working with the offensive line, the Rams played in the Liberty Bowl.
    More Details Hide Details Kiffin secured a job with the Jacksonville Jaguars as a quality control assistant for one year. He was then hired by Pete Carroll as a tight ends coach at USC.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1975
    Born
    Born on May 9, 1975.
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