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Why Lane Kiffin Is Shining as USC's Head Coach

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 01:  Head coach Lane Kiffin gives instructions in the offensive huddle during the  USC Trojans spring game on  May 1, 2010 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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Brittni MichaelisContributor IIAugust 12, 2010

Lane Kiffin, who took over the most coveted job in College Football, has successfully overcome adversity and has come out shining.

The NCAA sanctions that were handed down to the the USC Trojans in June, which included a loss of 30 scholarships, a two-year bowl ban, and forcing them to vacate victories, would have sent any team into disarray. 

But with Kiffin leading the Trojans, they are working harder than ever. Kiffin has taken up a strict "zero tolerance" policy and is making examples of out players who chose to break the rules. 

So far this season, Stanley Havili, a senior fullback, was suspended for one day following a fight with fellow teammate TJ Bryant.

Freshmen Running Back Dillon Baxter has also been suspended for the Trojans' season opener against Hawaii due to a violation of team policy, which new USC AD Pat Haden has supported.

So while Kiffin is implementing and upholding rules and values he is also not putting the team in jeopardy. 

After getting so much criticism for leaving Tennessee and then being given the reigns to a National Championship team at only 35 years old has got to be tough, but add to that the fact that USC cannot participate in the post season for two years. 

USC has been to a bowl game every year since 2000.

Add that together with the fact that USC is always in the National spotlight and you have either a dream job or a nightmare job. 

No one will know for sure how the USC Trojans will fare this year until the season starts and gets into full swing.

But so far the Trojans look good and Lane Kiffin is doing a great job of leading a torn apart and NCAA sanctioned team. 

For Trojan fans everywhere, lets just hope that continues and that Kiffin and the Trojans continue to shine despite their current situation.

 

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