USC coaching search: Paul Finebaum floats SEC head coach for Trojans job
USC’s decision to fire Clay Helton after just 2 games means some college football coaches will have distractions to deal with this season, as who will be the next Trojans’ head coach is a hot topic of conversation.
SEC analyst and radio personality Paul Finebaum was recently asked on the ESPN College Football Podcast about the job and he said Southern Cal should look at one of its former coaches, that being current Ole Miss coach Lane Kiffin.
Kiffin was the Trojans’ coach in 2010-13 but was fired 5 games into his 4th season with a 28-15 overall record at the school.
Said Finebaum about Kiffin being the right man for the job, per 247Sports: “He has matured and he has grown up. He’s not the same coach (as he was previously at USC). From a selfish standpoint, I hope he does get the job so Lane will quit blaming me on television every time he’s on our show for me getting him fired in 2013, for a comment I made on College GameDay.”
Finebaum, however, did add that while he thinks Kiffin would be a great hire for USC, he’d doubtful that it will actually happen.
“It’s hard for me to believe he would be a serious candidate, based on what’s happened, but he should be a serious candidate,” Finebaum said. “As good as James Frankin is — and I think James Franklin would be an excellent person to look at — I think Kiffin, in some ways, would be better.”
Ole Miss is off to a 3-0 start to its season. The No. 13 Rebels are off this weekend but have a huge game at top-ranked Alabama up next on October 2.