Originally Posted by WVRed
I think Kiffin is being hired based on his credentials and connections only, not based on whether or not he has had any success as a head football coach in college.
1.NFL Experience. Even if it was with the Raiders, he still has a way into recruits homes even with the Tennessee letterhead. It's what has made coaches like Rick Pitino, John Calipari, and Tim Floyd hot commodities in college basketball.
2.Monte Kiffin may be joining him at Tennessee, as well as Ed Orgeron. With Dad controlling the offense, Lane could focus on the offense.
Of course, Charlie Weis had no college head coaching experience and we all know how that is working out. At least Kiffin had the Raiders.
Lane wasn't hired on any credentials. He was hired based on convenience and timing. He was the only coach who could come in right now, take over, and start recruiting. He'll likely be as successful as another SEC coach who had a famous Dad, Mike Shula.
With this hire it's all about his asst coaches. The only way he can be successful is by being a delegator and delegating to talented folks around him. The only positive I can see to this is he may run a pro set offense.