Originally Posted by 19braves77
you can't compare the alabama and USC sanction years. Kiffin never got to play with a full roster unlike Mike Shula did in 2006. When Saban came in, he had enough info to know what was going to work and what wasn't going to work. Saban would go on to 7-6 record. USC is just now over the scholarship reductions and is still going to have a couple of rough years regardless of who they hire.
I don't disagree with you at all. Even though I agree with the general premise of the article -- that Shula and Kiffin were arguably hired as quick-fix "caretakers" -- the article, as you pointed out, is not without flaws. The tenures of both HCs were similar in some ways, but the differences within the tenures -- particularly the hiring processes and what proved to be the final seasons for both Shula and Kiffin -- were/are definitely pronounced.
IIRC, after the untimely late spring '03 firing of recently hired HC Mike Price, rather than go with an interim HC for a year before conducting a National HC search following the '03 season, Shula, whom many Bama faithful felt was an underwhelming hire at the time, was hired as permanent coach. In other words, there was no time for an exhaustive National search before the upcoming '03 season.
Whereas, Kiffin, unlike Shula, as the article states, was hired early enough in the off-season for a National Search to still have taken place as a quick-fix solution to salvage a solid recruiting class and as a last-ditch attempt to save the soon-to-be outgoing buffoon of an Athletic Director.