The story goes like this:
Norm Chow and Lane Kiffin almost came across the table at each other during a USC staff meeting years ago. To say they hated each other was an understatement. Now we're to believe that Kiffin may bring back Chow to USC -- and Chow might come back? That's what I'm getting through the grapevine.
I thought Chow would have been a great head coaching candidate at USC, if the school could get past his age (something like 64). Apparently, Mike Garrett wanted Kiffin to hire Chow. I don't know if they would have come together on their own. Believe me, there is some serious animosity between the two.
That confrontation was the beginning of the end for Chow at USC. I'm told that's when Pete Carroll figured he had to find a graceful way for Chow to leave. He did, leaving after the 2004 national championship for the Tennessee Titans ...
Also wondering what happens to Tyler Bray. He is the 6-foot-6 quarterback from Kingsburg, Calif. who committed to Tennessee last September ....
Found this lede from a magazine story I did on Kiffin last year:
If you've come here to read how Tennessee's new coach is going yap his way out of a job he has barely started, it ain't happening. If you think Division I-A's youngest, certainly most cocksure, coach has kicked off his career going negative, well, you're right. There have been at least three secondary NCAA violations. He called out Florida -- twice. Maybe insulted the entire state of South Carolina. Pissed off the SEC. In the process he has made Al Davis look practically lucid.
All that without ever, you know, actually coaching a college game. No one is that dumb, are they?
If by dumb you want to include Saban, Carroll and Meyer in the conversation then, yes, Lane Kiffin is stupid as charged.
" Lane Kiffin understood it right away," recruiting analyst Tom Lemming said. "I guarantee Tennessee is going to be fighting for the title. Two or three years they're going to be right back up there. Not because of coaching, because of recruiting. These guys are everywhere, they're relentless."