If you’ve glanced over this blog any time since last night, you would know that Tennessee football coach Lane Kiffin has left the Vols after one season to coach Southern California. Kiffin had a very eventful first 12 hours on the job. I had the luxury of following the man around for that time and below is a recap of it all.
8:00 PM EST: News begins to break across the country that Kiffin has accepted the job at USC
9:30 PM EST: Kiffin holds a two minute press conference in Knoxville in which he reflects on his 14 months and never answers any questions from reporters.
12 AM PST: Arrives in So Cal after a cross-country flight.
12:01 AM PST: USC self-reports a secondary recruiting violation under Kiffin.
12:07 AM PST: USC self-reports Kiffin’s second violation.
1:03 AM PST: Kiffin meets with local media in Heritage Hall
1:04 AM PST: Kiffin claims he can’t wait to sing “Fight On” all night once they beat Florida
1:04.37 AM PST: Changes Florida to UCLA
1:04.56 AM PST: Realizes that USC beating UCLA isn’t the same magnitude as Tennessee beating Florida
1:07 AM PST: Wonders aloud to local media whether he scared Urban Meyer into a leave of absence.
2:00 AM PST: Kiffin and Orgeron walk around a dimly lit LA Coliseum.
3:00 AM PST: Kiffin enters his office for the first time.
3:30 AM PST: USC self-reports a secondary violation.
3:45 AM PST: Kiffin goes to sleep in his office.
5:47 AM PST: Kiffin wakes up and calls for a team meeting at 6:30.
6:30 AM PST: Meets with team for the first time.
6:31 AM PST: Kiffin bans BB guns from the team.
7:00 AM PST: The meeting ends and the players seem happy to have Kiffin as their next head coach.
7:51 AM PST: USC self-reports a fourth recruiting violation.
It was, as stated earlier, a very eventful 12 hours for Lane Kiffin. His move from the hills of east Tennessee to the sun of southern California not only marked a transition in climate, but one in expectations. The Volunteers were on the rebound after the last few years of Phil Fulmer while USC still believes itself to be a legitimate national title contender every season. Good luck, Lane.