So Lane Kiffin is the leading candidate at Tennessee. Good. Great. Now answer these questions...
What's the rush? Butch Davis is still out there. Brian Kelly's season ends a week from Saturday. Recruiting isn't an urgent matter at the moment.
What's the rush to get a 33-year-old out-of-work former Raiders coach? The line of fired Oakland coaches reaches around the block. I'm still not clear on what Lane actually did with USC at the end. He was co-offensive coordinator with Steve Sarkisian calling plays that were filtered through Pete Carroll over the headphones.
How many of those plays were Kiffin's? What input did he have in the playbook, the game plan, recruiting? He has a good reputation from USC but I'm still not sure he's ready to lead a major SEC program where in any given week the best in the business can be outcoached.
All that being said, this makes sense if, as reported, Kiffin is putting together a dream staff. Ed Orgeron might have been a disaster as a head coach at Ole Miss but he is one of the best recruiters/defensive line coaches in the business. If Lane can pull his father Monte away from Tampa Bay, that would be the coup of the year.
There's not a great coach around that doesn't have a great staff.
Tennessee owes it to itself to look around more but Kiffin is intriguing.
Meanwhile, Kelly seems to be staying put -- or at least not going to Tennessee. This is from the Cincinnati Enquirer:
“Where you feel it the most is in my want and desire to continue to build this football program (is) I'm having those conversations with potential donors, from a facilities standpoint to a stadium standpoint, and (I’m) getting the response, ‘We’re going to get this thing done.’
“If I wasn’t married and I didn’t have kids, I’d look at what the best personal thing is. That’s not the case. When you come home and your son goes, ‘Dad I don’t want to go to Tennessee,’ that affects you. But you know that comes with the territory. If you win, you’re going to get those things.
“I think every day, am I looking at the next challenge? Am I trying to suit my own ego? You weigh all of those things. You look at your family. You look at what you’re good at. Does the place allow you to do the things you’re good at?”