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More Kiffin

So I think we can all agree that Lane Kiffin is A) a slimy little opportunist with serious credibility issues, and B) a high-risk hire for USC considering he's done nothing of note as a head coach and he left Tennessee with several minor violations to address although he was only there for little more than year.

Know what I haven't heard, read or seen in all of this yet?

I haven't heard, read or seen much of anyone teeing off on USC athletic director Mike Garrett and president Steve Sample for poaching a coach who was already under contract to another school.

I know, I know, it's common practice. But you know what? It's hypocritical and unfair to bash Kiffin or any other coach for carpetbagging if you're not also going to bash the ADs and presidents who aid and abet the carpetbagging.

Sure, Kiffin bailed on Tennessee almost before he knew his way around campus, but that's because he could. If the people at Tennessee are upset about that turn of affairs, why don't they petition the NCAA to change its rules in this area?

In other words: Get the NCAA to pass a rule making it illegal for a Division I university to go after a coach who's under contract to another Division I university. Or at the very least, impose a substantial monetary penalty over and above whatever buyout a coach has.

That would still enable schools to pursue coaches at other levels, and it would put a halt to all the poaching.

Ben Smith's blog.