Originally Posted by MWM
What boggles my mind is that everyone could see this coming, except USC. If there was ever a time where I was certain it was going to end badly, it was Kiffin to USC (and Rich Rod at Michigan).
To be fair, current AD Pat Haden didn't hire Kiffin; former AD Mike Garrett -- who didn't even know who Gene Keady was when Keady called to express interest in the Trojan hoops opening in '96 -- did.
Unlike Kiffin, Rich Rod was a proven head coach when Michigan hired him. One can also present a strong case that ponying up 750,000 to pry Greg Mattison away from the NFL to become Michigan's DC has had a larger impact on Michigan's resurgence than hiring Brady Hoke as HC and if the Michigan powers-that-be had done so for Rich Rod, he's still be there.