The only thing were missing is a Offensive Coordinator
averaging 49 points per game. The very next year we went down to a mere 30 points per game (ppg). 2) Al Davis picked Russell. Lane had to either make him a star or he was a failure. No one can make Russell play well and Lane did double the win total that the helpless Raiders had the year before. 3) Tennessee was uncompetitive in its blowout losses the year before Lane. He not only took them from a 17 ppg average to 29 ppg, but he almost beat Alabama. That program came a long way in just a year. 4) He just landed the Rivals top class and had very little time to do it. Carroll would not have landed such a strong class and has not done so since Lane left. No coincidence!
My comment was cut off from the top. It should have started with:
There are a lot people criticizing Kiffin, but is it really fare? Let's bring up a few forgotten facts: 1) When Lane took over as the USC Offensive Coordinator we had our most successful offensive year ever at SC averaging 49 points per game (ppg).
Last comment; Lane would do best being the HC and OC. He can have others assist him, but he has great play calling instincts and should keep that role. I think he has close to the staff he needs as is. Maybe one more coach needed on offense - too many crackers spoil the soup!
Carroll had already landed five 5-star recruits, four 4-star recruits and a couple of 3-star guys before Kiffin arrived on campus.
Kiffin inherited a wealth of commitments when he arrived at USC. No one has ever questioned if Kiffin can recruit. Orgeron is also a great recruiter, but he was 10-25 as a head coach, loaded with talent.
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There won't be an OC. Lane Kiffen will be the OC/HC. He said at his "welcoming" press conference that he will call the plays.
I think the Vols fans up there need to let it go. He's not an ex-girlfriend and is not going to return your calls.
Three five star athletes (Baxter, Prater and Woods), not five (Ambles and Henderson were Kiffin's recruits), and they had no new recruits for some time. Also, last year they lost a bunch on signing day. In just three short weeks Kiffin doubled our Rivals point total. In order to do that he convinced many to change schools all the way up to signing day and he is still not done with the last visiting us this week (Latwan Anderson) - he would be the sixth five star. Rivals has him at #15 so we can move even higher in our point total. Should Seantrel stay and Latwan come aboard Kiffin will have radically exceeded all expectations. Lastly, he did a great job retaining almost all of the recruits that you mentioned.