When it comes to hiring football coaches, Syracuse AD Darryl Gross has a checkered track record. Yes, he was the person who ultimately brought Pete Carroll to USC when he was the Associate Athletic Director, single-handedly revitalizing a crumbling program. The head coach most responsible for driving the Trojans to the brink of total collapse? Paul Hackett, also a Darryl Gross-led hire.
So if you’re an Orangemen fan, you have the right to be skeptical about Gross’ decision-making, especially as his hire at your school, Greg Robinson, has taken the program from mediocre to pitiful. So squeamish Syracuse fans might want to avert their eyes when I tell you who the POST-STANDARD is reporting Gross might be targeting as your next head coach: Lane Kiffin. Yes, the guy whose job status with the Oakland Raiders is about as tenuous as a banker with Lehman Brothers.
Hey, if Gross was able to turn a failed NFL coach into a massive success at USC, why not take a chance on a failed NFL coach who actually has already had success at USC?
In many ways it makes sense. Gross and Kiffin have a history together, and as the SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE reports, Kiffin could be looking for a new job as soon as this week. This would allow Gross to pull the plug on Robinson and install a new coach who could get a head start on recruiting and building a staff. One that could include Kiffin’s dad Monte, currently the defensive coordinator of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and mentor to both Pete Carroll and…Greg Robinson.
All of this might leave Robinson asking, “Et tu, Lane?“