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What's Lane Kiffin Really Worth?

The Kiffins and their nutty detour through Tennessee


This is probably not news, and it's probably not a surprise, but, wow:

Quick exits from the Oakland Raiders and Tennessee Volunteers and just 12 wins over two years did little to deter USC from making Lane Kiffin one of the highest-paid college coaches.
The private school, which doesn't make coaching contracts public, is paying Kiffin $4 million a year -- nearly as much as it paid Pete Carroll -- according to a report on HBO's "Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel," which will air on Tuesday night.
Carroll was paid $4.4 million, and he won two national championships and seven Pac-10 titles.
Kiffin, who made $2 million last season in Tennessee, is on par with veteran coachesMack Brown of Texas, Alabama's Nick Saban, Florida's Urban Meyer, LSU's Les Milesand Oklahoma's Bob Stoops in terms of salary. He ranks ahead of Ohio State's Jim Tressel. Every one of those coaches has won at least 12 games in a season en route to national championships.
Is he worth it?
No.
He's never won anything and he's never done anything to deserve the coveted spot that he occupies. There is no "Coach Lane Kiffin." There's Lane Kiffin, and then the people he brings with him, including his father. Now, is Lane Kiffin plus daddy worth that kind of money?
I have no idea. I suspect Kiffin will bail on USC after three games, possibly four, to go coach the Washington Redskins, who will fire Mike Shanahan if he goes 0-3. If ever there was an impulsive team that was perfect for the most impulsive of coaches, it's Washington.

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Bailing on Tiger



Hank HaneyI hope that this is innocent and all--I don't relish the idea of Tiger Woods presiding over the fiasco of a career and a personal life. To me, the man needs to stop thinking he can get away with things because of the possibility that a lot of what he does will be excused because he's a "kid." Tiger Woods is not a kid, and now he's a golfer without a swing coach:
Tiger Woods’ longtime swing coach resigned Monday night, leaving the world’s No. 1 player without one of his top advisers as he tries to rebuild his game.
Hank Haney said in a statement to the Golf Channel that he enjoyed working with Woods but he thinks it’s time for him to step aside as his coach.
“I will always look back upon our past half-dozen years together as my best days in professional golf,” he said. “It would be a dream of any coach to have a student like Tiger Woods and for me it has come true. Just so there is no confusion I would like to make it clear that this is my decision."
Well, the speculation was correct, and Hank Haney probably doesn't have to worry about picking up clients. In fact, Hank has a pretty good deal going for himself. Here's what Hank put on his website last night:
I have informed Tiger Woods this evening that I will no longer be his coach.
I would like to thank Tiger for the opportunity that I have had to work with him over the past 6 plus years. Tiger Woods has done the work to achieve a level of greatness that I believe the game of golf has never seen before and I will always appreciate the opportunity that I have had to contribute to his successes. I have also enjoyed the association that I have had with Tiger both on and off the golfcourse as I have had some incredible experiences. 
But, what people who know golf can tell you, is that coaching is important, but mental preparedness is more important. Tiger can be the best-coached golfer in the world and still unravel like a cheap sweater when his head gets in the way. I really think there are physical issues here, and perhaps my speculation about pain killers was not as wildly off the mark as it could have been.
 
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Sir Charles is Right Again

I have always appreciated the heck out of Charles Barkley:

I've always said if America, instead of trying to bring up this issue every couple of years to get elected...Ya know the governor she's not even a real governor. She's the interim governor. She's trying to get elected and John McCain is trying to get back in the ballgame from getting his ass kicked by Barack last time.
So they're doing anything to rile up the good 'ol boy network. But what I think we need to do is find a way to get people who work their behind off a path to citizenship more than anything. That's the way to do it. But it's a disgrace the way it is right now."

The man is telling the truth. Can American listen to the truth and deal with it? I hope so.

Barkley adds this as well:

Dan Patrick: You're a resident of Arizona, I'm curious if you think baseball should get involved with the immigration law. Do you like that they're standing up for their players to say we're concerned about this law?
Barkley: I think we all need to. As a black person, I'm always against any form of discrimination or racial profiling. I really respect Adrian Gonzalez for coming out and saying something. I didn't realize that in the major leagues there's 30 percent Hispanic players, and in the minor leagues it's like 50. Those are some daunting numbers. I think that we need to do two things. Living in Arizona, I'm disappointed that we came up with the law. But we need to do two things. We need to find a way to get these immigrants their citizenship, that's the first thing, is to find a way to help them get citizenship. I'm very disappointed in John McCain. He used to be somebody I really admired and respected. The second thing, to me, would be very simple. Anybody who hires immigrants, you just fine them. They're not working for other immigrants. Fine and penalize the people they're working for, because most of those immigrants here are busting their hump, doing a great job, and to go after them every couple years because you want to raise hell doing something to get re-elected, that's disrespectful and disgusting.

You can't get this kind of insight from the political punditry class right now. To offend Senator McCain, who is in worse shape in his home state than month-old diapers and fishwrap left in the sun, is anathema to the chattering class.

Who out there is telling it like it is? The problem is not illegal immigration. The problem is the exploitation of a cheap labor force that is working for wages just above poverty in order to get ahead.

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